Go it alone, or join RI Families in Nature on Sunday, April 7, as we explore this area together.
Rhode Island may be small, but it’s big on natural places to explore. Case in point: Arcadia Management Area. With over 14,000 acres to explore, Arcadia is the state’s largest recreational area. Along with Tillinghast Pond and Wickaboxet Management Areas, and URI’s Alton Jones campus, Arcadia helps connect 40,000 acres of protected forest spanning the RI-CT border.
Arcadia really does offer something for everyone: picnicking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, hunting, horseback riding, camping, and hiking, of course. The miles and miles of trails offer everything from easy, flat, short strolls (well suited for families) to rugged, rocky, long treks (for the older and/or more experienced set).
One of my favorite spots in Arcadia is Breakheart Pond Loop. This 1.5 mile trail is easy to follow and offers many wonderful views of the 44-acre pond. Several bridges cross streams and small waterfalls.
Here are two other trails to check out:
Upper Roaring Brook
There is a long wooden walkway great for both strollers and wheelchairs at Upper Roaring Brook. Don’t let the fact that it’s only Â½ mile roundtrip throw you. You’ll still feel like you’re in the forest and there are beautiful views. Plus, you can easily extend your adventure along the yellow and blue trails.
For more information about Upper Roaring Brook, click here.
Browning Mill Pond
Just across the road from the turnoff to Upper Roaring Brook is the Browning Mill Pond Recreation Area. This is one of the most popular spots in Arcadia and, with its large picnic area, old stone walls and pavilion, and rectangular ponds that were once part of a fish hatchery, it’s not difficult to figure out why. The 1.5 mile hike around the 50 acre pond is beautiful in every season.
For more information about Browning Mill Pond, click here.
See you outside!
Where: Arcadia Management Area
Bathrooms: the great outdoors
Website: Arcadia Management Area page on RI Parks website.
For more information, including directions: visit the RI Families in Nature website.
Rhode Island Families in Nature Hike: Join Rhode Island Families in Nature every month for a different hike created by and for families who want to spend more time outdoors, explore Rhode Island’s natural places, and reconnect with and reap the many benefits of nature.