East Bay Bike Path

Colt State Park, Rhode Island

Distance13.6mi
Elevation Gain697ft
Trailhead Elevation27ft
Top82ft
Elevation Min/Max0/82ft
Elevation Start/End27/27ft

East Bay Bike Path

East Bay Bike Path is a hiking and biking trail in Bristol County and Providence County, Rhode Island. It is within Colt State Park. It is 13.6 miles long and begins at 27 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 27.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 697 feet. Near the trailhead there is drinking water. Fort Hill (elevation 105 feet) and Burr Hill (elevation 26 feet) can be seen along the trail. There are also parkings, and an information map along the trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Discover Rhode Island (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Christie Matheson
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"A well-maintained bike path traveling from Bristol to Providence along the northeast shore of Narragansett Bay. This trip is paved, but it’s still technically off-road. Rhode Island is taking part in a major effort to develop safe biking trails—away from busy streets—throughout the state. The East Bay Bike Path was the first major length of trail to be completed, and the result is impressive. Though it travels through heavily populated areas and near major traffic thoroughfares, the bike path itself manages to be quite lovely and serene. It’s popular not only with bikers, but also with walkers, joggers, and in-line skaters. To enhance everyone’s enjoyment of the bike path, please adhere to the simple rules laid out by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation: Bikers should stay to the right, walkers should stay to the left, and dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet." Read more
Hiking Connecticut and Rhode Island (Falcon Guides)
George and Rhonda Ostertag
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"Voted one of the nation’s best rail trails and in the Rails-to-Trails Hall of Fame, the East Bay Bike Path is worth seeking out. With its close pairing to Narragansett Bay, sparkling waters are a frequent companion. Although bicycling is popular, pedestrian travel rivals it. The treed greenway strings from historic Bristol through Warren and Barrington and onward to the heights of East Providence. Corridor towns and parks suggest stops for amenities and services." Read more
Best Rail Trails New England (Falcon Guides)
Cynthia Mascott
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"The trail offers the best way to get to the beach from downtown Providence and is well worth a visit." Read more

East Bay Bike Path Reviews

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6/1/2011
Ok, finding the straight info about some trails is sometimes sketchy, dated, and contradictory. So I’ll try to give you the best up-to-date info for East Bay Trail-Summer 2011. This is a beautiful, clean, well maintained path. It looks & feels like a mini auto road replete with center lines, road signs, tunnels, bridges, and is relatively flat & fully paved the entire route. Bike Mounted Police & EMS volunteer personnel are often present on or near the path, personal safety is not a prime concern anywhere on the trail. I recommend starting at Colt State Park in Bristol, RI. Plenty of free parking (& toilets) and the East Bay Trail runs right thru it (you can’t miss it). For the longer trail section (~11 mis.)and leaving from Colt Park, keep the salt water view on your left. If you go in the other direction (~3mis.) it only leads to lobster rolls, ice cream, and other yummy treats :). The longer section has bike rentals/repair & great food stops too including a large chain super market that lets us use their toilets [we usually buy some fruit/nuts & jerky there to hold us until we get lobster & a cold one at one the local eating establishments]. The scenery is beautiful and ranges from ocean views, wooded areas, over causeways with fisherman on either side, thru upscale neighborhoods, and small down towns, ending in urban Providence. It can get crowded in some spots on weekends; although, even on a crowded day, there are usually some long open straights on the trail where you can “step on it and see what she’s got” if you want to sprint for a while. The trail can easily accommodate any kind of bike from fat tire beach cruiser, to kids’ trikes, to the fancy multi-gear road bikes. The East Bay Trail really is perfect for kids & families. It has plenty of amenities it is well worth our one hour trip we make from Connecticut to bike ride there. I hope this review helps and encourages others to give similar clear, up-to-date, detailed info on their favorite trails.
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5/30/2010
This was a great bike ride. Nice paved path, lots of scenery, and trail is shaded in parts. Plenty of Geocaches to do along the way as well!
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9/10/2009
Great trail - Bring your Cameras... Lots of scenic views and paved al the way. Very little parking in Bristol if you can find it.
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9/1/2009
Very pleasant ride. Relatively flat. If you have an aversion to elevation, go South to North.
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7/19/2005
being a new-old biker I love the fact thatthere wasn't any hills and it was pretty much a flat terrain. The scenery was great- I'd do it again in fact I plan on it.
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8/22/2004
This trail offers some nice ocean views. In additiona there is a beach and a park adjacent to the trail that make a nice diversion. There are a couple of nature trails and attractions along the way too. There is a wonderful ice cream shop about half way down the trail which makes some of the best ice cream that I've ever had! All in all, this trail has it all - distance, amenities, and views. it is an easy trail but can become challenging if it is windy since it is next to the ocean. On a cool day, you may want to bring something warm in case it cools off. There is one good size hill at the beginning of the trail, other than that there are no serious hills. I would rate it easy - moderate. It is paved the entire distance.
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5/16/2004
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5/11/2003
A easy trail with some good views of the bay. If you're inclined, I'd recommend combining a trip to Colt State park in Bristol. The views and facilities there are great and there is no admission. It makes a great place to have lunch and to use as a starting point for the ride on the path. The crab shacks on the Bristol end of the path smelled tempting, but I haven't yet given them a try.
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9/19/2002
I was very dissapointed with this trail. It more resembles a sidewalk through these towns and neighborhoods than a bike trail. Although there are some nice, scenic portions you will be dissapointed if you have ever ridden the trails on Cape Cod or the Norwottuck trail in MA.
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1/12/2002
In my opinion this is the best bike path around. It is one of the longest paths around. The path is wide enough that you can pass slower riders easily. There are many places to stop and eat during the way and also some nice shops to checkout. At one end of the path is a restaurant called The Topside Lounge. They offer great seafood at a reasonable price.
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Trail Information

Colt State Park
Nearby City
Colt State Park
Parks
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
Skating, Fishing
Additional Use
East Bay Bike Path, Rails-toTrails Conservancy, The Duke Ellington Building, 2121 Ward Ct. NW, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20037; (202) 331-9696; www.railtrails.org Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (which manages the trail), (401) 222-2632
Local Contacts
East Bay Bike Path map (available online at www.railtrails.org or www.dot.ri.gov)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018