East Bay Bike Path

Colt State Park, Rhode Island

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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.
Distance: mi Elevation: ft
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.
Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Walking
Nearby City: Colt State Park
Distance: 13.6
Elevation Gain: 697 feet
Surface:
Trailhead Elevation: 27 feet
Top Elevation: 82 feet
Additional Use: Skating
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Driving Directions: Directions to East Bay Bike Path
Parks: Colt State Park
Elevation Min/Max: 0/82 ft
Elevation Start/End: 27/27 ft

East Bay Bike Path Professional Reviews and Guides

"Featuring picturesque bay views replete with seabirds flying overhead and marinas full of ships displaying a panoply of colorful sails, the 14-mile East Bay Bike Path (EBBP) offers the quintessential New England experience.

This was the first bike trail constructed by the state of Rhode Island, and since the first few miles opened in 1987, it has proven to be an immensely popular route for visitors and locals alike."

"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."

"The trail offers the best way to get to the beach from downtown Providence and is well worth a visit. Surface: Asphalt. Location: Greater Providence and Bristol Counties."

"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."

"The trail offers the best way to get to the beach from downtown Providence and is well worth a visit."

Recent Trail Reviews

6/1/2011
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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.


5/30/2010
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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!


9/10/2009
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Great trail - Bring your Cameras... Lots of scenic views and paved al the way. Very little parking in Bristol if you can find it.


9/1/2009
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Very pleasant ride. Relatively flat. If you have an aversion to elevation, go South to North.


7/19/2005
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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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