Best trails in Arcadia State Management Area, Rhode Island

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Looking for a great trail in Arcadia State Management Area, Rhode Island? AllTrails has 19 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 13 moderate trails in Arcadia State Management Area ranging from 1.8 to 11.7 miles and from 124 to 501 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

At over 14,000 mostly forested acres, the Arcadia Management Area is the states largest recreational area, offering users a great variety of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Co-managed by DEMs Divisions of Forest Environment and Fish & Wildlife, it is promoted as, and actively managed for hunting, as well as fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, to name a few activities. Multiple use management principles apply, assuring a safe and satisfying experience for hunters and non-hunters alike. Miles upon miles of gravel roads and well marked and maintained trails entice hikers to return to a different section each visit. These same trails are often used by mountain bikers or horseback riders so all users need to act responsibly, show courtesy, and share the road. Recommended parking for mountain bikers is at either the Browning Mill Pond Recreation Area lot, or the Brook Trail lot which accesses Midway Trail. Fishing and boating is allowed in Breakheart Pond, but not swimming, cooking, or fires. If you are 14 years old or under, try fishing for trout in the stocked Frosty Hollow Pond, which has a handicapped accessible fishing platform. The Wood River, which flows through the heart of the Management Area is also stocked with trout and offers anglers one of the best freshwater fishing experiences available in the state. But remember, some parts of the river are available to fly fisherman only, and others are catch and release only. (Contact DEMs Division of Fish & Wildlife for more information about fishing these areas). For canoeists and kayakers the Wood River s Class I and Class II stream rating assures an unforgettable outdoor experience for both novice and experience. A designated canoe launch area is found at the Deer Check Station on Route 165, and there are put-in or take-out areas at each major road crossing. Horseback riders can enjoy camping at the Reynolds Horseman Area. Walk in camping is also available, by permit, at the Backpack Area, and a shelter is available for overnight rental at the Frosty Hollow Pond Recreation area.

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Map of trails in Arcadia State Management Area, Rhode Island
Park information
Acreage:
14,000 acres
Park hours
Monday
5:00 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
5:00 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
5:00 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
5:00 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
5:00 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
5:00 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
5:00 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
401-539-2356
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Top trails (19)
#1 - Stepstone Falls via Ben Utter Trail
Arcadia State Management Area
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
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 State Management Area
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
#3 - Mount Tom Trail
Arcadia State Management Area
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 2 h 42 m
#4 - Breakhart Pond and Shelter Loop
Arcadia State Management Area
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
#5 - Arcadia Trail
Arcadia State Management Area
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 5 h 15 m
There are several different trails within Arcadia State Forest, most of the trailed are linked together at some point or another. The main trails are marked fairly well. There are two sides to Arcadia - North of Route 165 and Sounth of Route 165. Most of the parking is just off of Route 165, so its better to choose 1 side or the other, before heading out. **Keep in mind there is also hunting in these woods, wear bright clothing**Show more
#6 - Ten Rod Road to Breakheart Pond
Arcadia State Management Area
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 59 m
#7 - Shelter Trail to Penny Hill Cutoff Trail Loop
Arcadia State Management Area
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
#8 - Black Farm Trail
Arcadia State Management Area
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 28 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
#9 - Tippecansett Trail
Arcadia State Management Area
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 4 h 41 m
#10 - River Trail to Shelter Trail Loop
Arcadia State 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
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