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Arcadia Management Area Professional Review and Guide
"A few miles west of Interstate 95, 25 miles southwest of Providence. Although the area is relatively flat, many single-track trails roll up and down. The roads are flatter. Watch for horseback riders and hikers. If you ride during the hunting season, from around late November through December, wear bright clothing. Check with the area manager for hunting dates."
--Paul Angiolillo, Mountain Biking Southern New England (Falcon Guides).
Great trails. ONE big drawback -- I have read several descriptions of how everyone loves mountain bikers and EVEN though mountain bikes are not "technically" allowed they don't mind -- Well -- I ride up to the trail head on my bike and right there on the sign is a bicycle with a red X through it and someone says -- "you know there is no biking on this trail, right?". Enough said.
Arcadia has got some sweet technical riding if you can find it. towards the middle of the summer they had a motor-cross race that destroyed many of the trails on the north side, very unfortunate. The south side is where its at now with some fast decents and brutal, quick and steep climbs. Arcadia is always a good ride, certainly the second best riding in the state. Eye won't tell you the best because eye'm keeping that one to myself.
Arcadia Management Area is comprised of 15,000 acreas of land with about 60 miles of singletrack trails. The trail system ranges from easy to very technical. The New England Mountain Bike Patrols (Rhode Island Chapter of NEMBA) operate out of this area. We are there to provide help with medical care, Help trail trail users who are lost, evaluate trail condition and assist in repairs along with forest fire and vendalizm prevention. If your a new user to the Management Area be sure to get a trail recommendation from us. Maps are also available at the Main Lot located on the north side of Rt. 165 (down from the white church).
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