Rhode Island is a perfect place to be during fall! Not only is the state filled with fantastic farms and orchards offering pick your own pumpkins and
apples, hay rides, and corn mazes, there are also dozens of fun fall events. Most would agree that the best part about autumn in New England is the breathtaking foliage, but it’s important to know where go to in each state to see the leaves changing. Here is the ultimate fall foliage road trip in Little Rhody.
The road trip begins in the northern part of the state, travels to Washington County and ends up in Kent County in Warwick.
1. Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln
This 627 acre state park is situated around Olney Pond in Lincoln. Beautiful Whether driving through the park, or parking to enjoy a fantastic hike through the foliage, this is the perfect place to begin the road trip.
2. Sprague Farm, Chepachet
Sprague Farm found in the small town of Chepachet boasts more than 1,000 acres of forestland and diverse wildlife. Many of the land's hiking trails offer vistas that are ideal for taking in the beautiful changing leaves.
3. George B. Parker Woodland, Coventry
Traveling down 102 from Sprague Farm to Parker Woodland offers a lovely foliage drive to yet another mostly forested area. The more than 6 miles of trail are some of the most lovely in state.
4. Big River Management Area, West Greenwich
Big River Management area, found on Nooseneck Hill Road is a massive state management area offering dense forestland in West Greenwich. Taking a drive through this part of the state is a perfect way to take in some of the most beautiful trees in Little Rhody.
5. Arcadia State Park, Exeter, Richmond, West Greenwich, Hopkinton
Arcadia is the state's largest recreational area at roughly 14,000 acres in size. Gorgeous and radiant foliage abounds here and there are several trail options if you choose to hike.
6. Burlingame State Park, Charlestown
Traveling down route 138 after leaving Arcadia will bring you to Burlingame State Park and Campground in Charlestown. Hiking around Watchaug Pond and taking in the beautiful foliage around the water makes for a lovely autumn site.
7. Trustom Pond, South Kingstown
This closed lagoon in South Kingstown known as Trustom Pond is surrounded by beautiful wildlife and is a perfect place to drive by en route to the final destination on your Rhode Island foliage road trip.
8. Goddard Memorial State Park, Warwick
From Trustom Pond you can follow Route 1, or the more scenic Route 1A, to Warwick where you'll find Goddard Memorial State Park. Goddard, which you can drive through, or hang out for an afternoon of easy going hiking, is a wonderful and centrally located place to end the foliage road trip. Stroll along the beach and breath in the crisp autumn air with a backdrop of dense forestland, or hike through the woods and encounter streams painted with the fallen leaves and feel good about living in New England during the season.
What do you think of this fall foliage road trip in Rhode Island? The state offers so many places to enjoy the season! Where is your favorite fall hike?