Arcadia Management Area

Exeter, Rhode Island

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In the southwestern corner of Rhode Island lies a vast rolling landscape of streams, forests, ponds, open fields, wildflowers—and few people. The only backpacking option in Rhode Island, Arcadia Management Area encompasses more than 14,000 acres, beckons with more than 30 miles of trail, and provides an ideal early-season destination for those chomping at the spring bit.

Arcadia Management Area Professional Review and Guide

"In the southwestern corner of Rhode Island lies a vast rolling
landscape of streams, forests, ponds, open fields, wildflowers—and
few people. The only backpacking option in Rhode Island, Arcadia
Management Area encompasses more than 14,000 acres, beckons
with more than 30 miles of trail, and provides an ideal early-season
destination for those chomping at the spring bit."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Exeter
Distance: 0.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1-2 Days
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall Note that the park requires hikers to wear hunter’s orange for safety during the fall hunting season (roughly September–December).
Trailhead Elevation: 290 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Division of Forest Environment Arcadia Headquarters 260 Arcadia Road Hope Valley, RI 02823 401-539-2356
Local Maps: Hiking Trails, Footpaths, and Roads in Arcadia WMA (Great Swamp Press)
Driving Directions: Directions to Arcadia Management Area

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May 2018