Sometimes you might find yourself with an intense urge to break out into nature and spend your day exploring! Unfortunately, our schedules don’t always allow us to go off the grid for as long as we’d like. These 6 short hikes in Rhode Island are perfect for a quick escape and are some of the best hikes in Rhode Island.

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Best Hikes in Rhode Island

What are the best scenic hikes in Rhode Island?

Cliff Walk

The Cliff walk tops the list as the most scenic hike in Rhode Island, and could top the list for the most scenic hike in the United States. This hike really has everything. You get to walk along the beautiful ocean coast for miles while also getting to admire the huge mansions that get these amazing ocean views year round. While not necessarily a forest or nature hike, the Cliff Walk will bring you some of the most scenic views in the state. 

Watchaug Pond Trail and Kimball Wildlife Refuge Trail

These are actually two different trails found in Burlingame State Park. The Watchung Pond Trail is an 11-mile loop that will take you around Watchaug Pond, while the Kimball Wildlife Refuge Trail. If you hike the Kimball Wildlife Refuge Trail, this is an incredible place for bird watching and is your best chance for seeing other animals in the area. If you take The Watchung Pond Trail, this will bring you over footbridges, through forests, and along the water. Dogs are also welcome on this hike, and they will love exploring the area as much as you do.   

Carr’s Pond and Tarbox Pond Trail

If you want some scenic views of some very picturesque ponds, the Carr’s Pond and Tarbox Pond Trail is for you. Not to steep, this trail will take you around a 4-mile loop that circles Carr’s pond before bringing you to one end of Tarbox Pond. With plenty of rocks to sit on around the ponds, this is a great place to take a hike, then relax overlooking the water and taking in the scenic view. If you want the perfect mix of scenic views of the water and the forest, this is the trail for you.

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