Mt Tom Trail

Washington County, Rhode Island

Elevation Gain76ft
Trailhead Elevation242ft
Elevation Min/Max215/242ft
Elevation Start/End242/242ft

Mt Tom Trail

Mt. Tom Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Washington County, Rhode Island. It is 3.7 miles long and begins at 242 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 76 feet. Along the trail there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Dove Crest Trail and Bald Hill Brook Trail.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Rhode Island (Falcon Guides)
Steve Mirsky
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"This hike up and over Mount Tom, in the vast Arcadia Management Area, features a wide variety of hiking conditions and scenery. You’ll pass under towering red pines, cross swift-moving trout streams, and pause atop rocky cliffs with long panoramic views. As soon as you enter the trailhead parking lot, down a short dirt road, you’ll see a rusted Quonset hut to your left (east) and a toilet facility straight ahead. A white paint square on a pine tree marks the trailhead, at the far right-hand side of the lot as you’re standing with the hut to your left. The trail begins on flat sandy terrain surrounded by towering red pine. This initial stretch, over a grassy area, is well marked with white blazes." Read more
Discover Rhode Island (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Christie Matheson
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"Ascend cliffs with nice views of Arcadia Management Area. The Mount Tom Trail starts near the banks of the pristine Wood River, passes Parris Brook, traverses a granite ledge with sweeping views of Arcadia, and reaches the 430-foot summit of Mount Tom after a gradual ascent. There are a few steep pitches on this trail, which winds through mostly deciduous forest." Read more

Mt. Tom Trail Reviews

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Nice hike. I was a bit worried seeing the ‘moderate’ difficulty rating and the 2h estimated time, because we started just after 6pm and I have not been on an uphill hike in many years. But, after reaching the top, I think this hike could be considered more to the ‘easy’ side than ‘moderate’.

I am very glad I read the comments from Mitchel (Date of Trip: 8/5/2006), because otherwise I suspect we would have missed the trail twice [the entry was difficult to notice, and the signs to go back onto the wooded trail off Mount Tom Road before the bridge on the road were easy to miss].

The nicest part of the hike is the second mile [after crossing the Mount Tom Road], leading to the Mount Tom Cliffs, which offer great scenic views.
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For what it was, we enjoyed this hike. It was not one of my favorite hikes. 4+ miles with not much to see. There were enough white blazes in most places to find your way. Some places were perplexing in terms of which way do we go. We could not find the trail that led to the summit. We had a nice day, but this is not a hike we'll repeat.
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Extremely difficult to find, not well marked, and not very scenic.
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Great day hike. Excellent view along Mt. Tom Cliffs. In the directions, don't look for the RIDEM parking area but look for the Arcadia Management Area Check Station Wood River Canoe Access sign when looking for the parking area. The entrance to the trail is in the back right corner of the parking area. There is no sign but if you walk up what looks like a trail entrance and go toward two big black posts you will see the Mt Tom Trl sign on a tree and a white blaze. They were cutting wood and the road was a series of mud holes plus you just had to guess at the trail location. When you hit the Blitzkrieg Trail dirt road you only go a few yards and there is a Mt Tom Trail sign post on the right before a bridge on the road. It isn't a couple of hundred yards and there are no white blazes. If you want a shortcut back to the parking area you can take a right on the Old Ten Rod Road and it will bring you back to RI 165 just a few hundred yards from the parking area entrance. There will be a fork on the Old Ten Rod road, take the right one. Take a left on RI 165 and walk to the entrance. It makes for a shorter and nice walk down the mountain side.

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Directions to trail parking were accurate and the parking area seemed safe and clean. Overall the trail was marked clearly except with a few hidden blazes due to some foliage overgrowth. Description of terrain and distances were accurate except with a minor distance discrepancy towards the end. Overall this was a fun and enjoyable experience for those who are looking for a moderate level day hike.

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Washington County
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TOPO! New England
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Dec 2018