Bald Hill to Sandy Brook to Dove Crest Loop

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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, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.3 miles
278 feet

dogs on leash


nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


There are lots of ways to create different loops in the Arcadia Management area. This easy-moderate 3.6 mile 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. We did the loop clockwise on this day and covered 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, we missed it at first because it was 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.