Rhode Island March 10, 2019
Kick Off Spring In Rhode Island With These 10 Scenic Hikes Under One Mile
Are you ready for spring? Warm weather and sunny days are right around the corner and you’ll want to start enjoying some much needed outside time. If you’ve been spending too many hours on the couch this winter, you’ll want to ease back onto the trails. At less than one mile each, these 10 short scenic hikes are just the thing you need to kick off your spring!
1. Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge, Bristol
The 0.8-mile trail at the Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge is completely handicap accessible. The wooden boardwalk leads through the lush marsh and out towards the Narragansett Bay. The trail ends at a stunning overlook where you can take in the expansive water views. Find this lovely boardwalk trail at 1401 Hope St., Bristol, RI 02809.
2. Paradise Valley Park, Middletown
Paradise Valley Park has just about 1/2 miles of trails to explore, Hike through fields or alongside the babbling stream to enjoy the spring weather. Find the lovely park at 43 Prospect Ave., Middletown, Rhode Island 02842.
3. Hunts Mills, East Providence
Waterfall chasing has never been easier. Take the 0.8-mile trail through the woodland to view the Hunt Mills Dam and Waterfall. The spring thaw heightens the impressiveness of this water feature. Find the parking lot for this short trail at Hunts Mills Rd., Rumford, RI 02916.
Mowry Conservation Area, Smithfield
Choose between two short trails in this delightful forest each at under one mile. Combine both to make a longer hike that is just a wee bit over one mile. Fairytale footbridges and a gurgling stream create a quiet respite from the outside world. Find the natural area at 199 Old Forge Rd., Smithfield, RI 02917.
5. Dundery Brook Trail, Little Compton
Explore forested wetlands all from the comfort of a beautiful boardwalk trail Stretching for just over 1/2 mile, this trail is handicap accessible. Find the charming boardwalk at 29 Meetinghouse Ln., Little Compton, RI 02837.
6. Davis Memorial Wildlife Refuge, East Greenwich
Located on the Hunt River in southern Rhode Island, this refuge is a gem. Enjoy the 1/2-mile trail with water views, woods, and wetlands. Access the trail at Davisville Rd., East Greenwich, RI 02818.
7. Rocky Point State Park, Warwick
Stroll alongside the Narragansett Bay on this 1-mile walking path. Paved with asphalt, the trail is easy to navigate and handicap accessible. Find Rocky Point State Park at 33 Rocky Point Ave., Warwick, RI 02889.
8. Albro Woods, Middletown
The woodland walk takes you through the forest as you meander alongside the remnants of old stone walls. Enjoy the quiet and beauty of this enchanting 1/2-mile trail. Discover the trailhead at 125 Mitchell's Ln., Portsmouth, RI 02871.
9. Lathrop Wildlife Refuge, Westerly
Hike through the gorgeous salt marsh at this wildlife refuge. A gentle 1/2-mile trail leads to Winnapaug Pond where you'll have the chance to check out the local bird population. Explore the nature preserve at 102 Shore Rd., Westerly, RI 02891.
10. Stillwater Scenic Walkway, Smithfield
This 1-mile scenic wooded trail follows the bed of an old railroad line. Pass along the shore of Stillwater Pond and Capron Pond as you take your hike. Park in the gravel lot off Farnum Pike (SR104/5) between Washington Highway (SR 116) and Stump Pond dam.
Which of these short scenic hikes have you taken? Do you have any other easy trails to add to this list? To enjoy the breezes of the waterfront, enjoy strolling on these
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