Nature December 17, 2018
9 Picturesque Trails In Rhode Island That Are Perfect For Winter Hiking
Between Thanksgiving feasting and nibbling on those cookies you’ve been busy baking for the holidays, you might start to feel in need of some exercise. No need to run out and purchase a gym membership, all you have to do is take a hike. Here are nine winter hiking trails where you can take advantage of the scenery while burning a few extra calories.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge, Charlestown
No one can deny the sheer beauty of the coastal gem, Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge. Criss-crossed with a network of short trails, you can take a brief walk or combine trails for a longer outing. Find the refuge at 50 Bend Rd., Charlestown, RI 02813.
2. Weetamoo Woods & Pardon Gray Preserve, Tiverton
Spend an entire afternoon exploring the trails in Tiverton. There are seven miles of trails in Weetamoo Woods and an additional two miles in the adjacent Pardon Gray Preserve. Gentle slopes with well-marked footpaths are tailor-made for easy to moderate hikes. Find the various trailheads for this natural area
3. Pulaski State Park and Recreational Area, Chepachet
This popular 100-acre park is found within the George Washington Management Area. During the winter, the pace slows down and the trails are rewarding places for hiking. Discover ten miles of paths to stretch your legs this winter. Find Pulaski State Park and Recreation Area at 151 Pulaski Rd., Chepachet, RI 02814.
4. Osamequin Nature Trails and Bird Sanctuary, Barrington
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has recognized Osamequin as one of the 50 most important coastal marshes between Long Island and Cape Cod. Expect to be treated to the sight of numerous bird species during your visit to this coastal oasis. Visit the sanctuary at 1580 RI-114, Barrington, RI 02806.
5. Blackstone River Bikeway
This 16.5-mile bike path is a delightful spot to take a winter stroll. The flat pathed walkway is easy to traverse and the views of the Blackstone River are riveting any time of the year. Find a map to the trail showing the numerous parking areas
6. Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy, Providence
Take a wilderness walk right in the middle of the city of Providence at Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy. Wander several miles of trails to explore fields, meadow, woods, and to take in the captivating view of the city from the overlook. Visit the park on Legion Memorial Dr., Providence, RI 02909.
7. Ken Weber Conservation Area At Cascade Brook, Greenville
The one-mile loop trail at the Ken Weber Conservation area leads to a seasonal waterfall. This hike can be done in under an hour easily and is particularly pretty in the colder months. Visit this gorgeous natural area on Mapleville Rd., Smithfield, RI 02917.
8. Mowry Conservation Area, Smithfield
This picturesque place features a babbling stream and fairytale footbridge. With a loop trail of just over one mile, you can explore this stunning spot in no time at all. Find the Mowry Conservation area at 41-199 Old Forge Rd., Smithfield, RI 02917.
9. King/Benson Preserve, Saunderstown
Looking for a longer jaunt out in the winter air? Try the 3.1-mile loop at the King/Benson Preserve. Towering trees are awe-inspiring as you make your way along the forested path. Visit the preserve at 2203 Boston Neck Rd., Saunderstown, RI 02874.
Do you have some favorite winter hiking trails to add to this list? Let us know in the comments section below. If you’re really looking to blow off some steam this season, grab some friends and hit the ice in these
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