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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19 days ago

It’s a good trail but consists of quite a few drainage type trench routes and roads that make it very wet, muddy, and icy through the seasons. I enjoy most of the route but 1/3 of it is like that.

A fine hike, but definitely NOT for “all skill levels”. You’ll be climbing up and down rocks for miles, so if that’s not your cup of tea, be forewarned!

hiking
5 months ago

first hike through arcadia. app got me back on coarse after a wrong turn :)

anyone have a favorite trail in arcadia?

hiking
6 months ago

its a nice trail not alot of trail blazing but this app was a life savor. we didnt need markers with this app

hiking
6 months ago

Did the western section and the trail seems to go on and off Summit RD. We stayed on the road as I knew the area. at the intersection of Summit and Arcadia Roads the trail looks like it is supposed to go through the fish hatchery but there were signs say no admission. We ended up staying on the road heading back to our vehicle. This is why my 2 start rating.

nice view and good spot for biking

10 months ago

Favorite trail in Arcadia,

10 months ago

Hiked last weekend, some very muddy areas so boots are advised. No snow. Nice easy hike.

hiking
Friday, December 02, 2016

Decent trail. Took the white blazed in a loop, ended up coming out of Barber Rd. Nothing spectacular to see, minor views.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

This is only PART of Mt Tom Trail! Once you cross Ten Rod Rd following the white markers (Mt Tom Trail) takes you off the AllTrails plotted loop! You finish on Barber Rd.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

great trail for a first timer

Monday, November 07, 2016

nice

on Arcadia Trail

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Parked near the canoe launch, gorgeous little area with a bathroom. Picked up the yellow trail, followed it across the road and eventually lost the trail. We ran into a family that had a printed map and that was a big help but still struggled a bit to stay on a trail towards the end. Kept listening for the sounds of cars and followed the river back towards the road. Followed what looked liked white triangles and then picked up a blue trail.

hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

We walked this trail today, Oct. 10th 2016 with two kids (9 and 7). The first part of the trail (heading South from the parking lot) was beautiful! Flat for about the first mile, following gorgeous Paris brook for a while and then on the second mile scrambling up rocks and walking on ledges. Unfortunately the view was mostly obstructed by trees, just a few glimpses over the woods were possible. But the children loved climbing around on the boulders at the top of the trail (about 2mi from the start.)
The second part of the trail north of Rt 165 was rather unspectacular but still pleasant, mostly downhill on a sandy dirt path.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Perfect with the kids! Perimeter of pond just long enough for younger kids. Great time away from the beach.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Nice hike including some scrambling on rocks. we saw some riders on horseback and some people out fishing in the rivers. The only downside to this trail was when it intersects with the North/South trail, the white blazes seemed to drop off. You are left to just follow the blue blazes (at least as far as we could tell while we were out there) back to the parking area.

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Saturday, March 05, 2016

I kicked off my 2016 Hiking Season with a simple 3.9 mile "ice breaker" hike. The Mt. Tom trail is an easy trail to do this. I parked as advised by Ted M.. at the canoe drop off area near the junction of Rte 165 and Mt. Tom Rd. This trail has the potential to be a pretty scenic trail once the foliage blooms. The white blazed trail took us along a river and then onto some rocky overlooks. When reading the reviews, I was concerned about my golden retriever having to climb rocks. My concern was unfounded. The trail easily wound around the rocks gradually getting you to the top for some nice views. It is pretty well marked trail that winds around in a large circle that ends back at the parking area. it was a good hike to start the season. I plan on doing this again when there later in the year.

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Saturday, January 09, 2016

Great hike, only part I didn't like was having to cross a main road to get to certain parts of the trail.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

I completed this trail this morning (7/25/15) and made it into an approximate 7 mile loop. I parked at the canoe drop off/hunting check point area on Rt 165 a little bit before Mt. Tom Road. As noted in a previous review the trail starts at the back of the parking lot and is white blazed. The trail starts as a wide wood path until it crosses the Blitzkrieg Trail dirt road, and then it turns into a really nice section of trail that follows a stream to Mt Tom Road. After crossing Mt Tom Road the trail takes you through a great section of trail that includes the ledges. This is worth exploring and taking your time to climb various sections of rocks – although trees seem to impede many of the views. At about 2.3 miles the trail intersects with Rt. 165 and I continued north staying on the white blazed Mt. Tom trail. Just before Barber Rd I took a right onto an unblazed trail which led me to Sand Hill Trail, which I took south until I hit the Old Ten Rod Road. I took this east/northeast until I hit the Brookie trail. I took this south and where it intersected the Flat River stream (just before a small bridge) I went right off the dirt road and followed a trail which eventually took me to Rt 165 right across from where I parked. This last section of trail was really cool – the stream/river was very nice and it seemed like this section of trail is seldom used. In fact I had to do a bit of blazing and a crazing crossing where the Flat River and Falls River merge. Overall a great morning of hiking.

hiking
Sunday, May 03, 2015

These are the trails East of Bates Schoolhouse Road and South of Ten Rod Road (Rte165). I started the hike on Mt. Tom Trail, entering the woods from the Bates School House Road Point. I was immediately impressed with the clear yellow markings for the trail. This amazement turned to confusion a quarter mile into the trail as there were both yellow and blue markings. Than the yellow disappeared and left the blue. As we continued up the trail, the blue now became white and then eventually disappeared altogether. The saving grace was the well worn trails and the map downloaded from AllTrails along with my gps.

The trails hiked were beginners trails at best. No exertion required. Nice woodsy atmosphere but nothing really worthy of pictures. This would be a good family hike with younger children. .

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