Rhode Island Nature December 17, 2016
11 Places In Rhode Island That Are Off The Beaten Path But Worth The Trip
Rhode Island offers so many beautiful attractions. Most of the most breathtaking places are pretty well known and in plain sight, such as the stunning coastline and major parks. Others require a little bit of effort to find and enjoy. Here are 11 places that might take a little searching, or longer ride, but once you arrive you’ll realize it was worth the time.
1. Great Swamp Fight Monument, South Kingstown
The Great Swamp Fight was an important battle during King Philip's War. It was fought in December of 1675 with a massive granite monument being placed in the early 1900s. It's found along a hiking trail in South Kingstown.
2. Pulpit Rock, Prudence Island
Prudence Island is considered the most isolated place in state. Among the stunning natural attractions is Pulpit Rock where Roger Williams is said to have spoken to the native population in his famous speech.
3. Durfee Hill Management Area, Glocester
The 1,176 acres found in Glocester include deciduous and evergreen forests. There are few places in state as rich in amazing photo opportunities.
4. Mohegan Bluffs, Block Island
Some might say Block Island in itself is a natural wonder with so many amazing beaches and other fun offerings. The Mohegan Bluffs are a well sought out natural wonder located on the island.
5. Ell and Long Ponds
Tucked away in a nature preserve in the small town of Hopkinton are this pair of lovely ponds known as Long and Ell Ponds.
6. Fort Nature Refuge, North Smithfield
The 235-acre stretch of forest in North Smithfield is a bit off the beaten path, but definitely worth the search.
7. Sachuest Point Refuge, Middletown
The 1.5 mile Ocean View Loop trail found in this nature refuge in Middletown offers scenic views that are out of this world.
8. Watchaug Pond, Burlingame
This freshwater pond is found in Burlingame, one of the state's most beautiful parks. The pond consists of hundreds of acres of amazing swimming space that is also ideal for fishing.
9. Canonchet Brook Preserve, Hopkinton
The winding trail found at this preserve includes stunning glacial erratics, old foundations, and other unique sites. It is two miles long and can be found off North Road in Hopkinton.
10. Beavertail State Park, Jamestown
Found at the end of Beavertail Road on Conanicut Island is this breathtaking park. It spans 153 acres and offers lovely trails, a historic museum, and even a small aquarium.
11. Fort Wetherhill, Jamestown
Just a few miles from Beavertail and a short walk through the woods is Fort Wetherill. The beautiful granite cliffs on the edges of the fort make for a breathtaking view of Narragansett Bay.
Have you been to any of these spots? What would you add to the list? Share your thoughts below!