Rhode Island Mountain Bike Trails
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Island is the perfect summer cycling weekend get-away for beach and nature
lovers. Bike ike to historic lighthouses along windswept bluffs overlooking the deep blue harbors and stunning crescent-shaped beaches.
Lincoln Woods State Park
is one of Blackstone Valley's great treasures. A short ride from Providence, Pawtucket, and Cumberland, the park is a popular get away for city dwelling mountain bikers.
Experience Rhode Island's heritage as you cycle the Blackstone River Bikeway through
historic mill villages, birdwatch on the elevated boardwalk that traverses Lonsdale Marsh or visit Valley Falls Heritage Park.
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Rhode Island may be the smallest state in New England but they sure have some big plans. Rhode Island has abundant recreational resources due to the extensive greenway and conservation programs that the state has been working on.
13% of the land in the state has been preserved for public recreation. Once
created as game preserves, these large undeveloped tracts of land (Management
Areas) are now state maintained forests. The
Arcadia Management Area includes
over 40+ miles of singletrack trails and secluded dirt roads ideal for mountain biking. Other Management areas where you can find great mountain bike rides are the Great
Swamp Wildlife Reservation and the George
Washington Management Area.
During the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century, the Blackstone River Valley was a transformed from a serene farm and milling area to a busy industrial corridor. The Blackstone River Valley generated the water power for the factories and mills that sprung up along its banks. The Blackstone Canal was designed to provide quick and easy transportation for goods between Worcester, MA and Providence RI. It used a series of 49 granite locks to move barges up and down the 438-foot drop over its 46-mile length. While 90% of the distance was covered in a separate ditch, peaceful portions of the Blackstone River were used as well. Discover Rhode Island's rich heritage by bicycle. Restored sections of the Blackstone Canal can be seen at the Blackstone River State Park. This river front park includes a bike path that follows the course of the Blackstone Canal for several miles.
Lincoln Woods State Park is one of Blackstone Valley's great treasures and
offers swimming at a fresh water beach as well as multi-use trails for hiking,
mountain biking and horseback riding.
The George Washington Management
Area was the first State Forest created in Rhode Island. The trail
system includes some technical
singletrack trails as well as quiet woods roads for easy cruising. The observant rider has the opportunity to
see some amazing wildlife while quietly pedaling through the preserve.
Block Island, located about twelve miles off the Rhode Island coast is a romantic, magical place. Over one-fourth of the island is preservation land, protecting the views and the feeling of open space as well as providing habitat for an abundance of rare birds, natural resources and other flora and fauna. Bicycling Block Island is the best way to see it. Paved and dirt roads wind over rolling hills, along wide crescent shaped beaches, past quaint houses, two lighthouses, exquisite natural landscapes and harbors. There are breathtaking vistas almost at every turn.
Newport/Eastbay is steeped in British, colonial and cultural heritage. Newport, is renowned for its 100 year history of America's Cup yacht racing, magnificent Gilded Age mansions and the Newport Jazz Festival. The city is also noted for its beautiful beaches, lively waterfront and cultural attractions.
East Bay is noteworthy for historic Bristol Harbor, antiques markets, historic inns, and miles of old stone fences. The paved 14-mile East Bay Bike Path provides an unobstructed cycling opportunity along the shores of Narragansett Bay.
South County is best known for its more than 100 miles of beautiful beaches and coastline. Rolling farmland bounded by stone walls, thick forests that occasionally open up to ocean vistas, and charming historic towns and seaside resorts are ideal for back-country exploration by mountain bike.
South County is also home to 19 public preserves, state parks, beaches and forest areas. Among them are Great
Swamp Wildlife Reservation and The
Arcadia Management Area, offering
miles of great trails for mountain biking in a wilderness setting.
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