Some of the best hikes in Rhode Island don’t involve scrambling up a mountainside. Some are just railroad trails. These paths where railways were abandoned are flat with gentle curves, making for some really easy hikes in Rhode Island.

The William C. O’Neill Bike Path or the South County Bike Path, as many call it, follows the rail bed of the old Narragansett Pier Railroad. This short railroad was developed by a wealthy textile mill owner who used the rails to transport coal to his mills or goods to the marketplace in the late 1800s and early 1900s. From 1921 to 1952, buses nicknamed Micky Dinks were adapted to ride the rails, transporting passengers from inland towns to the beach. Now the defunct railway is a beautiful walking and bike path open to the public. If you are looking for hiking trails near me in West Kingston or Narragansett, this is a great choice!


Visit the website for the William C. O’Neill bike path for the most up-to-date information on one of the most scenic hikes in Rhode Island.

What are your favorite kid-friendly hikes around Rhode Island? Tell us in the comments below!

Want a more challenging hike in RI? Check out the Long Pond Woods Trail.

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