Trestle Trail is a 16 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Greene, Rhode Island and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for trail running and road biking and is accessible year-round.
Very picturesque and peaceful for walking.
My grandson and I hiked this trail from the end of the bike path in Coventy, RI to Rt 14A in Sterling, CT. The beginning of the trail was fine, level, nicely shaded, with a passable bridge over the first water crossing. It was a pleasant hike right to Pete's Pizza for lunch.
Unfortunately, from that point on the trail is a disaster. The deep-sand surface is one long series of moguls created by ATV's, and makes walking difficult. Two water crossings have no bridges, and while the first is only a brook and not that big an issue, the second is a narrow yet rapid tributary about 20ft wide with a depth of 2-2 1/2 ft. In the spring, many areas that are not sandy moguls are mudpits, the worst being right before the intersection of Rt 102. Here, this old railroad bed is an impassable swamp with steep cliff sides. The only way out is to turn around and backtrack a couple of miles or to climb onto private property to escape a dangerous sucking mud.
Past Rt 102 the trail is not terrible, often being surfaced with shale and cinder from the old railbed. The trestle bridge is fine except for the large holes in the flooring....be careful. Then the trail continues it's previous sandy, mogul surface all the way through to CT.
With a little maintenance and a couple of bridges, along with some monitoring to curtail the ATV's, this could be a really nice hiking and biking trail. For now though, I wouldn't recommend it for anything.