Explore the most popular walking 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.

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!

10 days ago

I did enjoy this trail but it was not clearly marked at beginning so I needed this app to get onto the trail. Also, read the signs when parking, we parked next to parked cars and missed the sign for trailer parking. Got an $89 parking ticket.

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

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1 month ago

The only (slight) complaint I have is that the signage could be a lot better. Otherwise, had a great time on this trail! There is a little bit of everything - hills, rocks, beautiful pond views, a few mucky spots (my hiking poles came in handy in a couple of places), lots of ferns, some pretty mountain laurel in bloom. I used insect repellent and didn't find it buggy at all, which surprised me on a nice warm day like this. Only explored the blue trail this time, but will come back another day to hike the yellow.

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1 month ago

One of the best trails in the area in my opinion. Wonderful cliffs in the middle of the hike. Couple nice views of Beach Pong. Can get a bit buggy in the middle of the summer so bring DEET.

Nice short hike, the dog loved it.

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).

nice woodsy trail. the entire thing was in the shade. bugs were not too bad. there was also a decent amount of rock hopping and some substantial up and down. ill go back.

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2 months ago

Great hike! Neat little rock caves along the way and pretty views of the pond.

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.

good to go

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

Perfect for kids. Very easy and lovely.

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

Cool ride through dirt roads to this private oasis. A dam that creates a little waterfall..a couple bridges that go across streams. Perfect trail to run a couple loops. Wear bright colors, if in hunting season. You're safe, but I feel better doing that. Really pretty foliage in the fall. Serene

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

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