Rhode Island April 26, 2019
7 Out-Of-This-World Hikes In Rhode Island That Lead To Fairytale Footbridges
Hiking is a great way to get some exercise and now that warm weather is here to stay, we are likely to be spending much more time exploring Rhode Island’s fantastic trails. Paths through the forests are fine, but woodland walks become more enchanting when there’s a little something special on the trail. We’ve put together this list of footbridge hikes that not only have amazing scenery but also have their very own bridges. From tiny to big, these bridges are not only fun to cross but offer an enchanting break to your journey.
1. Mowry Conservation Area, Smithfield
If you're looking for a short trail to stretch your legs, this is the perfect spot. Hike through the forest with its soft pine needle floor and you'll encounter a winding stream and lovely footbridge. Find the Mowry Conservation area at 199 Old Forge Rd., Smithfield, RI 02917.
2. George B. Parker Woodland Wildlife Refuge, Coventry
This wildlife refuge has an extensive trail network allowing for a short woodland hike or a longer adventure. Hike historic carriage roads, forested paths, and across quaint wooden bridges crossing the calm streams. Find the George B. Parker Woodland Wildlife Refuge at 1618 Maple Valley Rd, Coventry, RI 02827
3. Touisset Marsh Wildlife Refuge, Warren
This 1.2-mile trail through Touisset Marsh Wildlife Refuge is sought-after for its ever-changing scenery. Hike through a hardwood forest to the tidal marsh where you'll find a delightful bridge with views that stretch on and on. Find the 66-acre wildlife refuge at 99 Touisset Rd., Warren, RI 02885.
4. Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield
Hiking this wildlife refuge feels like taking a magical adventure. Trails meander through the quiet forest and encounter fields of ferns and wildflowers. There are plenty of boardwalks and footbridges to add to the enchantment of this outdoor oasis. Visit Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge at 12 Sanderson Rd., Smithfield, RI 02828.
5. King/Benson Preserve, Saunderstown
The three-mile trail through King/Benson Preserve is full of varied sights. Pass by lush fern forests, through a towering spruce grove, and across water features and marshy spots using a number of wooden bridges. Find the King/Benson Preserve at 2203 Boston Neck Rd., Saunderstown, RI 02874.
6. Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown
Enjoy seven miles of trails at this island sanctuary. Pick an easy stroll on an old bridle path or take a hike to the top of the world at Hanging Rock. The boardwalks and footbridges make for an enchanting journey whichever direction you go. The Norman Bird Sanctuary can be found at 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, RI 02842.
7. Fisherville Brooks Wildlife Refuge, Exeter
With over 1,000 gorgeous acres to explore, the Fisherville Brooks Wildlife Refuge has no shortage of outdoor adventure. A variety of footbridges and boardwalks help you to cross streams and marshy areas while winding through the woods. Find the wildlife refuge at 99 Pardon Joslin Rd., Exeter, RI 02822.
Which of these footbridge hikes have you taken? If you have photos, share them in the comments section below or in our
Rhode Island Nature Lovers Group on Facebook. If you’re looking for an easy shoreline stroll, check out these picturesque waterfront walkways.