Rhode Island Region Descriptions

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RI - Northern   

Northern Rhode Island hiking is mostly flat and wooded with many pleasant walks meandering along brooks or around ponds.

Map of Rhode Island regions and highways (map by Webmaster) RI - Northern region RI - Southern West region The 4000-acre George Washington Management Area and the contiguous Pulaski Memorial State Forest are both densely wooded areas with a gently rolling forest floor. The area is dominated by hardwoods but with some sections of conifers, wetlands, and agricultural lands.

Other hiking spots in this region include Lime Rock Preserve with a trail encircling a pretty pond, and Powder Mill Ledges with a network of trails passing through a variety of terrain.

Boundaries:   North of Rt. 117.

RI - Southern   

Hiking in Southern Rhode Island is mostly flat and wooded. There are many good walks along brooks and ponds and also many hikes along the windswept coastline of the Narragansett Bay and Block Island Sound.

The mostly forested 14,000-acre Arcadia Management Area dominates southwestern Rhode Island. Long stretches of gravel roads in addition to 30 miles of well-marked and maintained trails provide many options for hikes both short and long. Most of the terrain consists of flat walking or relatively gentle inclines.

Stepstone Falls hike (photo by Webmaster) Major bodies of water within Arcadia include Breakheart Pond, Beach Pond, and Browning Mill Pond. The Wood River, one of the finest trout streams in the state and Rhode Island's best example of a scenic and wild river, flows through the management area.

Animals likely to be found in the management area include cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hare, gray squirrel, white-tailed deer, fox, raccoon, mink, ruffed grouse and turkey.

Hikes range from Stepstone Falls, deep in the woods along a pretty stream to the cliffs of Mount Tom which offers sweeping vistas.

The 3,400-acre Great Swamp Management Area includes Worden Pond and a 130-acre marsh. This area is great for bird-watching, including wood ducks and nesting osprey. Deer, rabbit, fox, raccoon, coyote, turkey, and grouse also inhabit the area.

For coastal hikes, check out the Newport Cliff Walk, Brenton Point State Park, or the short and easy hikes on Block Island.

Boundaries:   South of Rt. 117.

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