Looking for a great trail in Arcadia State Management Area, Rhode Island? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, dogs leash 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 6 moderate trails in Arcadia State Management Area ranging from 2.4 to 11.7 miles and from 121 to 469 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

hiking
1 day ago

took my family of 4 on this for the first time. was a nice challenge great views at the top. lost the trail markers around mile 4 and had to turn around. great views at the top about 2-3mi in

hiking
2 days ago

Much needed walk. All scenic views within first 2 miles. Peaceful walk after crossing RI-165. Girlfriend and I loved it , although use gps on last 25% of hike. Question to all hikers - does anyone know the history about cemetery 165 on this route? Would love to know more.

hiking
2 days ago

Nice trail.

hiking
2 days ago

There was a section where you just walk through a neighborhood, other then that decent.

hiking
5 days ago

Trail was serene with all the river pull offs. Getting to Mt. Tom was quite rocky and pretty, rest of trail was mostly road. There was a bit of mud in a huge section, we went off trail to the Glen Utter Trail and that was an amazing part! The trail follows the brook again and it is just beautiful with the flowing water. Getting back on trail, on the way back was honestly nothing special, and it was a construction area right before looping back to the lot.

Well worth doing. I would certainly consider doing it again.

Great for trail running, nothing much to see but still a pretty trail thats short.

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over grown
15 days ago

You will definitely need a gps. Great hike.

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rocky
scramble
16 days ago

Great trail, wear orange!

Nice trail to get out into the woods. Not much to see but once you hit the yellow trail very pretty. Dogs can be off leash August 16th till March 14th

hiking
22 days ago

Appropriately rated as moderate difficulty. Took us approximately 3 hours to finish. GPS is a must as the trail wasn’t well marked after about 4-5 miles into the hike.

on Mount Tom Trail

22 days ago

Good moderate rated trail .. virtually no people on it ... not much scenery after 1st 2 miles ... poorly marked after 4 miles ... thank you GPS and fully charged phone !!!

hiking
29 days ago

The first part of the hike when you actually are on the Mount Tom Trail is very clearly marked and has some nice rocky uphills. However, it seems this trails along the North-South trail (among others) which has different markings. I had to pull out the GPS several times on the return. Some of the trees had plastic ribbon around them to indicate the trail. The last mile or so cuts through a construction area and even though we followed GPS, it dumped us out on 10 Rod Road which we had to walk to meet up with the trail again. The beginning is somewhat moderate (first 1+ mile) but then it becomes quite easy. Bring your GPS you will need it.

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rocky
29 days ago

Today was a beautiful day for a 7-mile hike in Arcadia. It was a balmy 32° and a beautiful clear and sunny day. Browning Mill Ponf was gorgeous and it was great to see a large loop around the pond that was handicapped accessible. There were mild to moderate elevation changes which make this hike good for most people. Some parts were rocky and rooty which is what we have here in RI so get used to it.... This is one to put on your list. The length and hills make it a great workout.

Today was a beautiful day for a 7-mile hike in Arcadia. It was a balmy 32° and a beautiful clear and sunny day. Browning Mill Ponf was gorgeous and it was great to see a large loop around the pond that was handicapped accessible. There were mild to moderate elevation changes which make this hike good for most people. Some parts were rocky and rooty which is what we have here in RI so get used to it.... This is one to put on your list. The length and hills make it a great workout.

hiking
1 month ago

I think it's a stretch to call this moderate except for the small Rocky stretch on the south side of the road. GPS is a must

on Arcadia Trail

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flooded
muddy
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

Nice flat trail but very wet from all the rain lately.

on Mount Tom Trail

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Great trail hiking. Very quiet which was a big plus. maybe saw 3 people total. Great views!

hiking
icy
1 month ago

Today was a gorgeous and balmy day to hike Mt. Tom in tha Arcadia Management Area in 21°. This was a challenging trail with moderate to steep elevation changes and some wet and icy conditions. I will definately be doing this hike again.

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bugs
rocky
2 months ago

For this path to loop! Make sure you follow the blue trail, yellow trail, white trail, and then back to blue trail.

hiking
2 months ago

GPS missed the beginning. Park at Hunter Check Station; 2224 Ten Rod Rd. Mt Tom Trail is white blazes. Challenging due to large rocks that can become very slippery with moisture or ice (climb to ledges.) 2nd part is fairly level. Rock chairs are located on this path.

Nice hike, but kind of boring.

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