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Best trails in Exeter

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Looking for a great trail near Exeter, Rhode Island? AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Bluff Point State Park or Old Furnace State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Rockville Management and Public Fishing Area or Big River State Management Area. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Exeter ranging from 1.8 to 15.4 miles and from 127 to 501 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Exeter
Top trails (18)
#1 - Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge Trail
Exeter, Rhode Island
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
#2 - Breakheart Loop - Hicks Trail and Newman Trail
Arcadia Management Area
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
#3 - Mount Tom Trail
Arcadia State Management Area
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 2 h 42 m
Note: Be aware of hunting season and wear orange.Show more
#4 - Pachaug Trail
Exeter, Rhode Island
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 28 m
NOTE: To find the trail, cross the street from the hiking parking lot and walk about 60 yards from the crosswalk to an unmarked trailhead. Make sure to follow the map because the trail is mostly unmarked. to find the blue blaze trail, you must cross the street from the hiking parking lot and walk about 60 yards up from the crosswalk and there is an obscured trail head with no sign. Show more
#5 - Breakheart Pond Loop via Hicks Trail
Exeter, Rhode Island
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 41 m
#6 - Breakhart Pond and Shelter Loop
Arcadia Management Area
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
#7 - Stepstone Falls Trail
Arcadia Management Area
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
Note: From the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and the third Saturday in April to the last day in May, annually (dates may vary), hikers are required to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange (either a hat or a vest) during the hunting season. From early December through early January, during shotgun season, hikers must wear 500 square inches (a hat AND a vest).Show more
#8 - Cuttyhunk Brook Preserve Trail
Cuttyhunk Brook Preserve
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 5 m
Trail through oak-pine forest featuring Cuttyhunk Brook, a historic homestead, stone walls and glacial erratics. From the parking area at Sunderland Road, the yellow loop trail travels east along an old logging road. The property was selectively logged in the past and additional old logging roads crisscross the property. Numerous stone walls are found on the property which is indicative of land that was once pasture. Oak, white pine, huckleberry and mountain laurel are common along the trail. The trail descends and crosses Cuttyhunk Brook arriving at the yellow loop intersection. The left spur travels alongside Cuttyhunk Brook, which is particularly visible in late fall and winter. The trail takes a gradual ascent into the uplands of white pine forest onto additional old logging roads which take various turns throughout. Follow the yellow blazes in order to stay on the correct path. The trail arrives at Stony Lane, an unimproved town road. Turn right onto Stony lane and follow the road east to the trail turn on the right which travels south back to the trail junction. The right spur passes a historic homestead which is marked by stone foundations. Continuing on, the trail takes a left into white pine forest, through a large stone wall and along a boulder field. Follow the yellow blazes to Stony Lane, an unimproved road, and take a left. Follow the road and turn left at the trail markers. Old logging roads are common throughout this area with some unauthorized vehicle use. Follow the yellow blazes in order to stay on the correct path which will return to the trail intersection at Cuttyhunk Brook.Show more
#9 - Ten Rod Road to Breakheart Pond
Arcadia Management Area
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 59 m
#10 - River Trail to Shelter Trail Loop
Arcadia Management Area
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
This is a variant on the many ways you can hike around Breakheart Pond and the Shelter Trail. You can start at the Frosty Hollow fishing area (parking there), and cross over Frosty Hollow Rd and follow the Shelter Trail clockwise (white blazes). Keep your eyes open for the blazes as they can be somewhat faded in spots. As the recorded map shows, this part of the trail heads towards the northwest but then switches south and twists back and forth before heading back in a northerly direction. It can feel confusing to anyone who keeps an eye on the sun for direction - but stick to the trail and the blazes and you'll enjoy the walk. Most of this part of the hike is very easy over pine needles. Near the end of this section you cross though a long open field until you reach Plains Rd. (a drive-able dirt road). Turn right and follow this road for a half mile, then turn left at the 4 way crossing with Frosty Hollow Rd. through a red gate onto Matteson Plain Rd. (trail). Don't mistakenly turn into the RI DEM Education Center, this trail is a few hundred feet after that entrance. Matteson Plain Rd splits after a short while to the east and becomes the Newman Trail, which you will follow easily for .7 miles to the Hicks Trail on the right. The Hicks Trail hugs the western side of Breakheart Pond and is very flat, wide, and easy hiking. At the pond parking area, cross the bridge at the dam and make a sharp right back onto the Shelter (aka River) Trail. This is the most interesting part of the hike, where the trail follows alongside Breakheart Brook. It gets slippery and can be difficult after very wet weather. Nothing dramatic, but be prepared for muddy shoes and a few steep ups and downs. At approx. 1/2 mile from the bridge the trail bears up and to the left then comes to a fence opening with a 3 way trail intersection just after. Make a sharp right and follow this easy walk back to the parking area (about 10 minutes). Aside from the piece along the brook, this walk is all very easy and can be done in just over 2 hours with a few breaks. Show more
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