Follow This Abandoned Railroad Trail For One Of The Most Unique Hikes In Rhode Island
Not everyone who likes to go hiking enjoys scrambling up a mountainside and face it, in Rhode Island that’s not even a realistic idea anyway. For those of us who are seeking something less strenuous, a railroad trail is a perfect fit. Paths that were laid where railways have been abandoned are flat with gentle curves and are pretty easy to hike.
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.
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