Discover Rhode Island: AMC Guide to the Best Hiking, Biking, and Paddling

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Rhode Island may be small, but there are hundreds of opportunities for outdoor adventure packed into its magnificent woodlands, lakes and coastline. This new book in AMC's popular Discover series invites you to explore every corner of the state on 50 hikes, mountain bike trails, quietwater paddles, and sea kayaking trips. From Mount Tom and Arcadia to Bristol Harbor and beyond, you'll discover white sand beaches, rocky coves, winding bike trails, wildlife-filled ponds, nature preserves, and much more. For short ...

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Overview

Rhode Island may be small, but there are hundreds of opportunities for outdoor adventure packed into its magnificent woodlands, lakes and coastline. This new book in AMC's popular Discover series invites you to explore every corner of the state on 50 hikes, mountain bike trails, quietwater paddles, and sea kayaking trips. From Mount Tom and Arcadia to Bristol Harbor and beyond, you'll discover white sand beaches, rocky coves, winding bike trails, wildlife-filled ponds, nature preserves, and much more. For short excursions or daylong adventures, this three-in-one guide is a must for exploring Rhode Island's natural treasures on foot, by bike, or on the water.

*50 hiking, biking, and paddling trips for all abilities
*At-a-glance trip highlights chart
*Detailed in-text maps
*Trip time and difficulty ratings
*Natural history essays
*Safety and gear tips


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929173457
  • Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books MA
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Series: AMC Discover Series
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Christie Matheson is editor of Boston Magazine's Concierge and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in New England Travel & Life, Yoga Journal, and Fitness. An avid hiker and off-road biker since childhood, she spends most of the year living in Boston and New York City, but during the summer splits her time between Rhode Island and Nantucket.

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Table of Contents

Trip Locator Map viii
Acknowledgments x
Introduction xi
Map Legend xii
1. Rhode Island: Basic Information 1
2. History 5
3. Trips At-a-Glance 8
4. Hiking 18
Trip 1 Cliff Walk, Newport 22
Trip 2 Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown 26
Trip 3 Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, Middletown 29
Trip 4 Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge, Tiverton 32
Trip 5 Prudence Island 34
Trip 6 Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge, South Kingstown 38
Trip 7 Arcadia Trail, Exeter 41
Trip 8 Breakheart Loop, Exeter and West Greenwich 46
Trip 9 Mount Tom Trail, Exeter 49
Trip 10 Ben Utter and River Trails to Stepstone Falls, Exeter 52
Trip 11 Tippecansett-Canonicus-Pachaug Loop, Exeter, RI, and Voluntown, CT 54
Trip 12 Walkabout Trail, Glocester and Burrillville 57
Trip 13 Vin Gormley Trail and Kimball Wildlife Refuge, Charlestown 60
Trip 14 George B. Parker Woodland, Coventry and Foster 63
Trip 15 The Greenway, Block Island 66
Trip 16 Clay Head Trail, Block Island 70
5. Biking 75
Trip 17 East Bay Bike Path, Bristol, Warren, Barrington, and Providence 79
Trip 18 Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln 84
Trip 19 Weetamoo Woods, Tiverton 88
Trip 20 Little Compton and Wilbour Woods, Little Compton 91
Trip 21 Arcadia Management Area, Exeter 95
Trip 22 Goddard Park, Warwick 98
Trip 23 George Washington Management Area, Glocester and Burrillville 101
Trip 24 Great Swamp Management Area, South Kingstown 104
Trip 25 Trestle Trail, Coventry 108
Trip 26 Coventry Greenway, Coventry 111
Trip 27 Carolina Management Area, Richmond 113
Trip 28 South Prudence Island 118
6. Quietwater Paddling 123
Trip 29 Bowdish Reservoir, Glocester 126
Trip 30 Olney Pond, Lincoln 129
Trip 31 Belleville Pond, North Kingstown 132
Trip 32 Hundred Acre Cove, Barrington 134
Trip 33 Seapowet Marsh, Tiverton 137
Trip 34 Ninigret Pond, Charlestown 140
Trip 35 Worden Pond, South Kingstown 144
Trip 36 Watchaug Pond, Charlestown 147
7. River Trips 151
Trip 37 Blackstone River, Woonsocket and Cumberland 154
Trip 38 Pawcatuck River, Hopkinton and Westerly 157
Trip 39 Wood River, Exeter and Hopkinton 160
Trip 40 Kickemuit River, Bristol and Warren 163
Trip 41 Narrow River, South Kingstown and Narragansett 166
8. Sea Kayaking 169
Trip 42 Bristol Harbor, Bristol 172
Trip 43 Hog Island, Bristol 175
Trip 44 Fogland Beach, Tiverton and Little Compton 179
Trip 45 Wickford Harbor, Wickford 183
Trip 46 Mackerel Cove, Jamestown 186
Trip 47 Newport Harbor, Newport 190
Trip 48 The Cove, Tiverton and Portsmouth 194
Trip 49 Greenwich Bay, Warwick 197
Trip 50 New Harbor, Block Island 202
List of Nature Essays
Purgatory Chasm 31
Trail Restoration 44
Jerimoth Hill 51
Rodman's Hollow and the Block Island Meadow Vole 69
Mohegan Bluffs and the Southeast Light 73
Audubon Society Environmental Education Center 83
Vineyards and Wine 94
Hannah Robinson Rock 116
Osamequin Nature Trails and Bird Sanctuary 136
Beach Rose 143
Tropical Fish 189
Courageous 193
Quahogs 200
Appendix A Other Sunny and Rainy Day Activities 205
Appendix B Lodging 210
Appendix C Outfitters 212
Appendix D Recommended Reading 213
Appendix E Conservation and Recreation Organizations 214
Appendix F Leave No Trace 216
Index 217
About the Author 219
Get Out & Get Active with the AMC 220
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2004

    Maximizing a small state

    Rhode Island, accessible to all New England, truly offers quite a bit of exploration. Having done a fair bit of paddling in Northern California, I had yet to find an equivalent on the East coast; Matheson's guide helped fill that gap. As an avid sailor it is hard to pull myself away from the Newport action, but some days I want to appreciate the shores that are so often ignored. Lot's of history as well as beauty in this tiny state, and Discover Rhode Island truly delivers on its title.

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