Bald Hill to Sandy Brook to Dove Crest Loop

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Arcadia State Management Area

Bald Hill to Sandy Brook to Dove Crest Loop is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Exeter, Rhode Island that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 278 feet Route Type: Loop

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There are many ways to create different loops in the Arcadia Management area. This easy to moderate loop starts at the Arcadia/Mt Tom trailhead on south side of Rte 165. There is parking for only 2-3 cars, but if more is needed you can park across the street at the Hudson trailhead and then walk over. The trails in this area are fairly well traveled and maintained. There are plenty of stone walls and some old foundations along the way to keep things interesting. You can do the loop clockwise and cover the Arcadia Trail (yellow blazes) over some fairly hilly area down to Bates Schoolhouse Rd (dirt road). After going through the red park gate, turn right just before the dirt road onto the Sandy Brook Trail (no blazes), then follow Sandy Brook west for approx 1 mile to the Dove Crest Trail. Watch closely for the Dove Crest Trail start on the right, it's easy to miss because it is partially hidden by a low hanging branch. Head north on Dove Crest (again not blazed), which is mostly flat and very easy/pleasant walking. A bit over a mile of walking north you will arrive at a major trail intersection where you will again see trail blazes (white) indicating the Mt Tom trail. Go straight ahead onto Mt Tom and after another 1/3 mile turn left at the intersection back to the parking area.

Second Half of the yellow trail was not marked well. I recommend taking the white trail markers. Yellow second half was not marked. Only could be followed by all trails map.

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2 months ago

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

Nice hike, but kind of boring.

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