Explore the most popular river 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.

Did shelter trial and river trail. I would rate river trail as difficult not moderate. I also heard many gunshots - beginning of sept so makes you wonder. Beautiful hike fun but don’t like the gunshots.

only 1.5 miles if you stick by pond didnt have full map til return.Wish we had whole map. Nice clear and flat

Lots of ways to do these breakheart area trails. Today we did this loop roughly with a side trip to Alton Jones Whispering Pines campus to fetch our dog Zip, who decided it was more fun to chase deer than pay attention to us!

This rail was poorly marked, we got lost numerous times and finally left out of frustration

Inspiring and beautiful. With lots of ways to wander as you will. Only did part - not whole - but will be back. Came in late April and did hear gunshots. Not sure what the hunting is like in the area, but may be good to wear bright colors.

It's a good thing I know the trails from horseback or I would have gotten lost. The trail is not marked and I ended up missing a large section. A lot of downed trees blocking the path but easily gotten around. Will definitely try it again!

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7 months ago

Easier hiking trail, but nice hike. Previously reported as not well marked, but recently trail markings have been updated and we had no issue finding our way. I would definitely go back!

Not well marked. Had nice water sights. Beautiful in winter.

Very nice trail, mostly in forest with sparse understory. If you walk it counterclockwise, follow first yellow blazes of Breakhart trail, then the white blazes of Shelter trail southwards. At Frosty Hollow pond, take the John Hudson trail northwards to go back to Breakhart pond.

I would categorize this as an easy Trail not moderate. It's pretty much a bike path. There was a pretty good hike about a half-mile in but it didn't last long. From there on it was a flat, no frills bike path. That, along with the annoying gun range nearby made this a below than average hike. There are many other better options in Rhode Island.

The beginning of this route is great for hikers. Some farm ruins and nice varied terrain. As you round the pond and take the right turn after a small bridge this very much becomes a mountain biking circuit. There are some nice opportunities to stray off the main trail and explore a bit but overall this course is more suited to biking. I rate it a 2 out of 5 based on the trails it competes with in the area.

Beautiful easy hike.

Easy to get off the trail, not really interesting scenery... for the drive out here wasn't worth it

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Terrible trail markers. Not fun. So much unfulfilled potential.

These trails are easy to get lost on, but you can go through pretty much any type of scenery you wish, just pick a direction.

Great! Enjoyed the hike.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

On 6/24/17 We hiked the southern half of this trail from rt 165 (ten rod rd) south to green fall rd. It was pretty easy, but wet. what made the hike amazing, besides being with my daughter, was that the mountain laurels were at peak bloom and we hiked through the center of the most enormous grove I'd ever seen. We walked amongst the blooms for almost one mile.

Pros: Nice easy trail, sandal friendly, pond & brook, beautiful flowers, very light traffic
Cons: Trails are not well marked and many offshoots with no clear markings, very near gun range, bugs
Overall it was a pleasant hike and we enjoyed wondering off and exploring some of the offshoots, made it a 6.0 mile hike with an elevation gain of 384 ft.

A nice loop with some cool things to see. Unfortunately I'm guessing it's near a gun range due to all the gun shots. Can't wait to try some of the other hikes in the Arcadia area.

very nice great views of pond

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Great place. My only issue is the trails are not well marked in some points. Even with map on here it was difficult to find trail at points.

Nice trail, not super well marked, but we had a time.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

We walked about four miles of this trail which has a small river of water you can choose to stay beside on either side. Even further away from the water the trail is still wet with water running towards the river. Really awesome rocks and old trees that you can crumble with a swift snap kick and minimal mightiness. I thought this trail was awesome from beginning to end.

You really have to pay attention to the trail markings as there is many ways you could go. Not a bad day hike took about 2 hours without stopping for long at the old shelters.

Found this trail on a post located here on great hikes in Rhode Island:

https://trailsandwalksri.wordpress.com/category/frosty-hollow/

This is a moderate hike through the Arcadia Wildlife Management Area. For full instructions of the hike see the above link. It covers several different trails and requires some attention to blazes and instructions. Start the hike at Frosty Hollow Pond Fishing Area parking lot in Exeter:

https://goo.gl/maps/aPoRDVFBbXC2

Leave 3-4 hours for this hike as you will want to explore some of the abandoned camps along the way.

Nice hike but poorly marked trail. Some sort of map is required.

Nice trail. No wildlife

Nice and simple. Lake is pretty. Saw very little wildlife unfortunately.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Great trail, more easy then moderate. Beautiful area walking through a variety of tree species and different terrain. Stonewalls abound as the trail follows some old colonial roads. Nice area for birding or an enjoyable stroll through the woods.

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