The 31-mile-long Western Rhode Island Scenic Drive, following Rhode Island Highway 102, slices across the west side of the state through a rural, hilly region far removed from the glamour and glitz of Newport. Rhode Island, smallest of the fifty states, covers a scant 1,210 square miles, an area only slightly larger than half the size of Delaware, the next-smallest state. The state, however, is densely populated. Its 925 people per square mile are exceeded only in areas of New Jersey. Nine-tenths of the Rhode Island population lives in urban areas such as Providence, New England’s second largest city. This scenic drive crosses a more sparsely populated region of low rolling hills, part of what’s called the Eastern New England Upland by geographers.
Special attractions: Arcadia Management Area, Tomaquag Museum of the American Indian, Parker Woodland Wildlife Refuge, Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge, Scituate Reservoir, Clayville National Historic District, Prinster-Hogg Park, hiking, birding, boating, and fishing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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