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Mount Tom

Mount Tom Mt. Tom Road, Exeter Ironically, the least exciting part of the Mt. Tom Trail in Arcadia Management Area is the summit, which is north of Route 165 (Ten Rod Road) and involves nearly a mile of long, straight,…

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Stepstone Falls

Stepstone Falls Plain Road, Exeter Depending on the season and recent rainfall accumulations, Stepstone Falls (aka Stepping Stone Falls) in Arcadia Management Area can be just a gentle trickle or a raging torrent. In any case, it is definitely a…

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Long Pond Woods

Long Pond Woods Canonchet Road, Hopkinton The very rocky, steep trails at Long Pond Woods are not for the very young or inexperienced hikers. You will, at times, have to use your hands to maintain your balance, and this hike…

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Napatree Point Conservation Area

Napatree Point Conservation Area Fort Road, Westerly Visit Napatree Point just after Labor Day, when the beach crowds and tourists have departed but the water is still warm enough to enjoy. The long, sweeping views of Little Narragansett Bay and…

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Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge (southern section)

Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge (southern section) Park Lane, Charlestown By far, my favorite hike in the southern section of the Ninigret Wildlife Refuge is the Grassy Point Trail. Kids will be fascinated that this was the Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Landing…

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Spruce Acres Farm

Spruce Acres Farm 1286 East Main Road, Middletown Given that this 23-acre property was once a Christmas tree farm, you might be surprised at how diverse and lush the vegetation is. The Aquidneck Land Trust has done a really wonderful…

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Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge

Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge Seapowet Ave, Tiverton The Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge is a 50-acre preserve featuring easy and well-marked trails, beautiful views of the Sakonnet River, salt marshes, woods, a pond, and many birds,…

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Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge

Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter My very first hike as a Rhode Islander was at the Audubon’s Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge. Every time I visit I am fondly reminded of my introduction to hiking in the Ocean…

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George B. Parker Woodland

George B. Parker Woodland 1670 Maple Valley Rd, Coventry Parker Woodland is an 860-acre Audubon refuge extending into Foster, with magnificent old forests, meadows, and brooks. The enticement for children and adults alike, however, is the presence of mysterious piles…

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McIntosh Wildlife Refuge

McIntosh Wildlife Refuge 1401 Hope Street (Route 114), Bristol The stroller- and wheelchair-friendly boardwalk at the McIntosh Wildlife Refuge is short but affords many beautiful sights and experiences in both woods and wetlands. The refuge is also home to the…

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