Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Exeter with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Feel like your in New Hampshire. Buggy in summer months. Forest trail with nice loop.

only 1.5 miles if you stick by pond didnt have full map til return.Wish we had whole map. Nice clear and flat

Small, but very quiet, peaceful, and beautiful. Took us about two hours to make the biggest loop, and that included many stops at the waterfront and bridges. It's mostly shaded and a nice walk, just beware of tree roots across the path. Limited parking and very narrow dirt roads to get there, but once you're there it's a nice hike.

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!

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

Nice, peaceful walk through the woods. We didn't run into anyone else while there. This is a Wildlife Refuge, so dogs are not allowed. Trails are well marked. Lots of of roots and rocks, so watch your footing. (and don't forget the bug spray).

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.

small, but beautiful. was there on April 20 seen a good amount of birds even though it was early before migration. birds included was Kestrel, wood duck, pine warbler, towhee. I think it will be a really good birding hot spot for the spring migrants. Beautiful pond.

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!

Just love it here, easy trail, much to see.

Nice area - don’t be afraid to follow the side trails, especially the one along the river just before the bridge.

Did this hike at the end of December. I loved it. Very peaceful, lots to see, and well marked. A must do!

nice , easy hike along the river

my favorite trail so far in Rhode Island

Nice trail for first time out. 2 loops to choose from. We combined them.

No dogs allowed...... not happy to see this on the trail and not in the description...

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.

Great trails for a moderate workout. Beautiful scenery!

Nice easy hike. Usually pretty quiet. Would give it 5 Stars but lots of people who frequent there don’t pick up their dogs poop.

I would categorize this as an easy Trail not moderate. It's pretty much a bike path. There was a pretty good hike about a half-mile in but it didn't last long. From there on it was a flat, no frills bike path. That, along with the annoying gun range nearby made this a below than average hike. There are many other better options in Rhode Island.

The beginning of this route is great for hikers. Some farm ruins and nice varied terrain. As you round the pond and take the right turn after a small bridge this very much becomes a mountain biking circuit. There are some nice opportunities to stray off the main trail and explore a bit but overall this course is more suited to biking. I rate it a 2 out of 5 based on the trails it competes with in the area.

Wonderful spot . The blue trail takes you to pond and a little waterfall . Saw only 1 hiker . Very peaceful . No dogs or bikes allowed . Very few bugs .Well worth the visit . The orange trail forks to left and will take you to a small stream . A+ place

Hiked the blue trail and it was absolutely beautiful!

Easy to get off the trail, not really interesting scenery... for the drive out here wasn't worth it

These trails are easy to get lost on, but you can go through pretty much any type of scenery you wish, just pick a direction.

We loved this trail, so much to see.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

one of the most forgettable hikes I've ever been on, honestly. I don't understand all the 4 and 5 star reviews. The brook itself was barely a trickle even with all the rain we've had this year. Sure it was peaceful, but very very easy. I knocked it out in less than an hour.

Went on this trail for the first time yesterday and I'd have to say it's one of my favorites thus far. It's well maintained and well marked. I enjoyed the openness of the trail, the tall trees, and wild flowers. There's also a cemetery there that was pretty neat to check out and some interesting bugs along the trail. Also spotted a hummingbird. Good spot for photographing wildlife and nature. There's a pond there also and many benches along the trail. Unfortunately, it is NOT dog friendly as dogs are not allowed here.

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

Really sweet trail, not too easy, not too hard. No wildflowers to speak of but a nice stand of milkweed at the start. Use bug spray - lots of tall grasses along the way and some brambles across the trail. Some wet/slippery spots after the rain the other day, and watch out for the broken glass areas on Stony Road at the entrance to each wood trail. But a nice trail. Perfect day for hiking!!

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