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Nice little spot.

Trail is not one to get going fast. There are dozens of road crossings with stop signs for the trail traffic. Also, many of the walkers will walk strollers 2 abreast with no concern for approaching traffic. Even bikers will take up the whole trail and not clear until you call, "on your left. "

Great walk for kids and pets.

Not marked well at all. Very easy to end up on the wrong trail back to your vehicle.

Lots of ways to do these breakheart area trails. Today we did this loop roughly with a side trip to Alton Jones Whispering Pines campus to fetch our dog Zip, who decided it was more fun to chase deer than pay attention to us!

road biking
7 days ago

Really pretty but wish there was more shade.

road biking
10 days ago

Beautiful views, not as busy as I thought it would be. Peaceful

The paved trail has been extended and is now more or less a loop from the parking area. There is beach access too, although I’ve never seen too many people on the beach.

walking
12 days ago

Cut through the woods before the beach if you’re trying to trail run or walk with purpose, I always skip the beach part unless I’m just strolling. The briars get a bit crazy on the back side of the loop but I do enjoy the trail.

road biking
27 days ago

This is by far the most beautiful bike trail I have explored. The views are outstanding. My favorite so far!

Hiked this loop on 6/13/2018. Although its a nice hike, there is literally 2 miles worth of knee high grass out of 6.3 miles. It could use some traffic to matt it down!

This was an okay trail! Got lost very easily with those trail markers and it was tick central. Very beautiful but probably wouldn’t go back just because of the high grass and ticks because of the dog. Super muddy points and lots of fern leaves!

This is a great 2.5 mile walk. Brought our 13 year old son and he enjoyed it as well. Loved the signage along the trail.

1 month ago

Very peaceful and good walk .

road biking
1 month ago

Very scenic and quiet

walking
1 month ago

The path was narrows way too much and wasn’t a clear loop. The beach has way too many shells to walk at a good pace.

Nice place, especially if you have your dogs. I enjoyed it especially the water.

hiking
2 months ago

Two years ago I reviewed this trail after hiking it in April. The lack of trail markings is still a problem. There are many interconnecting trails (not shown on the AllTrails Map). If you are not using GPS then you are going to have problems. I saw no trail markings for the first 2.4 miles of this hike. It wasn't until I reached the Midstate Trail that I found the first blaze. I found that the short part of the Midstate Trail I hiked was well marked. The North-South trail was also very well marked. Then we returned to the unmarked Benson Mt. Trail. The hike is a good 7 mile hike although several parts of the trail were underwater. I'm sure that in a couple of weeks, that issue will go away. Excellent pet friendly, family friendly hike. It is a bit long for younger children. I gave it 3 stars because of the lack of trail markings and few points of interest. The only points of interest on this hike were the tri-state marker and frequent markers denoting the Mass-RI . border. Other than that, it is a nice moderate walk in the woods.

It isn’t immediately obvious where the marked trail starts. Once you find it, the trail is mostly nice with a few less than scenic patches.

This is a nice little trail. I suggest parking on 165 at the Frosty Hollow pond area and taking Shelter trail all the way to Ben Utter. You get to pass through the old camping cabins and Steppingstone falls becomes a reward for a 5.5 mile journey through Arcadia. Round trip is a nice almost 12 miles. Great way to spend a day in the woods.

road biking
3 months ago

I'd been told to do this as a Rhode Islander for years. it's got some nice forest parts, but the best is alongside the ocean. great way to spend a weekend day and grab breakfast where the trail ends!

3 months ago

great for kids, well marked

Went off the trail but still a great hike!

It's a good thing I know the trails from horseback or I would have gotten lost. The trail is not marked and I ended up missing a large section. A lot of downed trees blocking the path but easily gotten around. Will definitely try it again!

Nice trail run for beginner trail runners

start hike from Falls River rd. because they closed the gate to the entrance road... you have to walk a mile and a half just to get to the trail now... on a long dirt road.. not fun.

A little bit of everything!

There was quite a bit of liter in and around the parking area. Also some as well a little ways into the trail. This was irritating to see. Also some of the trails felt like I was on a dirt bike track. However after that section it became much nicer and the walk along the fields and brook was good.

Beautiful spot for a winter walk with the dog. Well maintained well marked trails. Woods, wetlands, variety of woodland plants. Friendly people along the way.

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