Best kid friendly trails in Arcadia Management Area, Rhode Island

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Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Arcadia Management Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of kid friendly trails in Arcadia Management Area, Rhode Island
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#1 - Stepstone Falls via Ben Utter Trail
Arcadia Management Area
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
Please note: off line map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that this trail is not well marked and/or that there may be poor cell reception in this area. Show more
#2 - Breakheart Loop - Hicks Trail and Newman Trail
Arcadia Management Area
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
#3 - Breakhart Pond and Shelter Loop
Arcadia Management Area
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
#4 - Black Farm Trail
Arcadia Management Area
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 44 m
250 acre area, lots of trail options, runs along the Wood River, part of the abandoned railroad runs through it, Plain Pond is in the middle of it all. Plenty of loops and various terrain to explore Show more
#5 - River Trail to Shelter Trail Loop
Arcadia Management Area
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
This is a variant on the many ways you can hike around Breakheart Pond and the Shelter Trail. You can start at the Frosty Hollow fishing area (parking there), and cross over Frosty Hollow Rd and follow the Shelter Trail clockwise (white blazes). Keep your eyes open for the blazes as they can be somewhat faded in spots. As the recorded map shows, this part of the trail heads towards the northwest but then switches south and twists back and forth before heading back in a northerly direction. It can feel confusing to anyone who keeps an eye on the sun for direction - but stick to the trail and the blazes and you'll enjoy the walk. Most of this part of the hike is very easy over pine needles. Near the end of this section you cross though a long open field until you reach Plains Rd. (a drive-able dirt road). Turn right and follow this road for a half mile, then turn left at the 4 way crossing with Frosty Hollow Rd. through a red gate onto Matteson Plain Rd. (trail). Don't mistakenly turn into the RI DEM Education Center, this trail is a few hundred feet after that entrance. Matteson Plain Rd splits after a short while to the east and becomes the Newman Trail, which you will follow easily for .7 miles to the Hicks Trail on the right. The Hicks Trail hugs the western side of Breakheart Pond and is very flat, wide, and easy hiking. At the pond parking area, cross the bridge at the dam and make a sharp right back onto the Shelter (aka River) Trail. This is the most interesting part of the hike, where the trail follows alongside Breakheart Brook. It gets slippery and can be difficult after very wet weather. Nothing dramatic, but be prepared for muddy shoes and a few steep ups and downs. At approx. 1/2 mile from the bridge the trail bears up and to the left then comes to a fence opening with a 3 way trail intersection just after. Make a sharp right and follow this easy walk back to the parking area (about 10 minutes). Aside from the piece along the brook, this walk is all very easy and can be done in just over 2 hours with a few breaks. Show more