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Breakhart Pond and Shelter Loop is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Exeter, Rhode Island that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.7 mi Elevation gain 580 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Forest

Lake

River

Wildlife

Muddy

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Katie Degroff
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Hiking

We parked and started at the first pond before you go over the bridge. Went counter clockwise did 7.9 miles. Very easy on the feet nothing crazy here. The old village is very cool and all the super clear water streams and bridges are great. Some horse poop to deal with but not crazy.

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robyn coccia
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Gerry Berard
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Kylie Beth
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Hiking

Hiked this loop on 6/15. The trail is beautifully maintained with clear trail blazes throughout. Variety of sights and settings including ponds, streams, creeks, bridges, old foundations, wildlife, and even a few horses. Bugs were out but we're only present in small pockets along the trail. This may be my new favorite hike in RI. My dog loved it as well!

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Rob Campbell
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Hiking

Great loop for a trail run or hike. The trails are easy to follow and well-maintained. We saw lots of wildlife throughout our hike (frogs, turtles, snakes, etc.). There's a few old homesteads to check out on Penny Hill. There's ponds and streams to check out. We saw a couple people along the way. Mountain biking, horseback riding and pet friendly

Cassandra Otis
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HikingMuddy

Great trail! Hiked this with my dog a few weeks ago. Didn’t see anyone after the first half hour until the last half hour. A little muddy at some points but the middle of the hike was very green!

Tim Fratus
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Running

Ran this exact loop clockwise about two weeks ago. Length is accurate. About 6.8M. Only, I started and finished at Frosty Hollow Fishing Pond. Fabulous trails!! Mostly dry, wide, single track with only lightly moderate paths (mostly roots on these well worn trails). Some moderate elevation gain for Lil’ Rhody (800’). So far, this is my favorite loop in the Arcadia Management area. Trails are very well marked. Great old structures to explore on Penny Hill (old cabins and large fireplace). Pay attn to trail here as it is a little tricky. Many scenic, well maintained stream crossings. Very pretty tails with a great finish running down Shelter trail back to car.

Courtney Coughlin
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HikingBugsFloodedMuddy

This trail was 7.5 miles, not 6.7 for the record. Flooded in some spots and lots of trees down, one huge tree blocking part of the trail but easy to walk around. Great hike!

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Margie Vargas
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Hiking

We really enjoyed this trail. It was very well marked until we crossed a road to get to the other half of the trail and that’s where all markings stopped until we met up again with the Shelter Trail. Nice inclines with a challenge and decent cardio workout. Lots of nice, interesting and picturesque scenery to take in and enjoy. Will definitely do this trail again.

Carl Helmetag
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Hiking

My wife and I hiked this loop on an overcast 50 degree day. Very pleasant. Well marked except the last mile which was a diversion from the more traveled and well marked Shelter Trail. Had lunch on the bridge at about the half way point. Some posters have commented on gunshot sounds during the first section of this hike. These are a bit disconcerting at first but are from the nearby gun club. I assume they are shooting skeet or clay pigeons.

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Bret Campbell
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Tyler Alexander
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Rick Jablonski
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Alyssa Grayson
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HikingRocky

A couple spots were partially flooded, just from the melt from all the snow and rain we’ve been having. Nice trail; very clearly marked (but yellow marked trail NOT to be confused with Breakheart Pond Loop - a mistake that we made, but did not regret because the hike was still very nice!)

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Sara Pearson
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Running

I went out for a trail run on this route in early June. Some of the trail was absolutely gorgeous and great for running. Other parts were very overgrown and I was traveling through knee-high grass.

Matt L
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Hiking

Very nice loop. Decent elevation changes. Well marked and maintained. Did hear a few gun shots as commented on in other reviews. These are coming from the RI DEM range within the park so it’s nothing to worry about. Definitely happy to have had my bug net since the black flies were out in force ! Some mildly flooded sections but that’s to be expected with all the rain we’ve had.

AllTrails User
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Did shelter trial and river trail. I would rate river trail as difficult not moderate. I also heard many gunshots - beginning of sept so makes you wonder. Beautiful hike fun but don’t like the gunshots.

Christina Coskran
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This rail was poorly marked, we got lost numerous times and finally left out of frustration

Jennifer Bruno
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Inspiring and beautiful. With lots of ways to wander as you will. Only did part - not whole - but will be back. Came in late April and did hear gunshots. Not sure what the hunting is like in the area, but may be good to wear bright colors.

Jean-Luc Solere
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Hiking
First to Review

Very nice trail, mostly in forest with sparse understory. If you walk it counterclockwise, follow first yellow blazes of Breakhart trail, then the white blazes of Shelter trail southwards. At Frosty Hollow pond, take the John Hudson trail northwards to go back to Breakhart pond.

Charles Repscher
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Mark G
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Justin Fulop
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Matt Marcotte
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Meggean Ward
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Sherri Stearns
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Micaela Farnum
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