Oakhill Road, North Kingstown
Once an abandoned dump, Ryan Park may be one of North Kingstown’s best-kept secrets. The 350-acre park includes athletic fields, boat-ramp access to picturesque Belleville Pond (no motors allowed), a playground, picnic tables, and miles of hiking trails. The easiest trail to follow is the Rainbow Bridge Loop, which encircles the smaller portion of Belleville Pond. It has many great features including the “rainbow bridge,” aptly named by little ones because of its shape. The parking lot is a bit tricky to find and the trail is unmarked as of print time, so be sure to follow the directions below. Ryan Park allows waterfowl hunting, which is exempt from fluorescent orange requirements.
Length: 1.0 mile
Difficulty: easy for kids
Dogs: are welcome, so long as they are leashed and you clean up after them
Note: Ryan Park allows waterfowl hunting which is exempt from fluorescent orange requirements but why not wear it anyway? (learn more)
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