Mt. Tom Road, Exeter
With over 14,000 acres, the Arcadia Management Area is Rhode Island’s largest recreational area, and offers many opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, boating, fishing, and horseback riding.
Ironically, the least exciting part of the Mt. Tom trail in Arcadia is the summit, which is north of Route 165 (Ten Rod Rd) and involves nearly 1 mile of long, straight, flat trails. But the views from the Ledges scenic overlook are well worth this rigorous hike. The trail is marked with white trail blazes, which blend in easily with the lichen covered trees and weathered rocks. So be sure not to go more than a few steps before finding the next one. My suggestion is to turn around at the rock piles and fire pit for a total of 1.5 miles; this part of the trail includes the most scenic views and is the most fun. However, if you want to extend your outing, hike to Route 165 and back for a total of 2.4 miles or all the way to Barber Road and back for approximately 4 miles.
Length: 1.5 miles; 2.4 miles; or 4 miles
Difficulty: challenging for kids
Map: MtTomTrailMap; to access other Arcadia maps and other DEM areas click here
Dogs: are welcome, so long as they are leashed and you clean up after them
You might want to bring: binoculars for the view
Note: fluorescent orange requirements apply for all users during the hunting season (learn more)
Click here for an extensive list of guidelines for hiking with kids.
Click here to visit the Arcadia Management Area website.
Get directions or follow ours: From Route 3/Nooseneck Hill Road, turn west onto Route 165/Ten Rod Rd. Travel 3.6 miles and turn onto Mt. Tom Rd. Look for a small parking area on the left, about 0.7 miles from Ten Rod Rd. and immediately before a narrow bridge. Be sure to take the trail head across the street to get to the scenic overlook.