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Length
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Air Line State Park Trail

54.6 mi
State: CT
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Arkwright Riverwalk

0.8 mi
State: RI
Dirt, Woodchips

Blackstone River Greenway

26.6 mi
State: MA, RI
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Branford Trolley Trail

0.6 mi
State: CT
Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Burrillville Bike Path

1.2 mi
State: RI
Asphalt

Captain John Bissell Trail

4.5 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Charter Oak Greenway

16.6 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Cheney Rail Trail

1.7 mi
State: CT
Crushed Stone

East Bay Bike Path

14.3 mi
State: RI
Asphalt

G & S Trolley trail

1.6 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Hanover Pond Trail

1 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Hop River State Park Trail

20 mi
State: CT
Crushed Stone

JAYCEE Arboretum & Senator Roch Riverwalk

1.3 mi
State: RI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Woodchips

Mattabassett Trolley Trail

2.9 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Middletown Westlake Area Bikeway

2.2 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Moosup Valley State Park Trail

5.8 mi
State: CT
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand

Niantic Bay Boardwalk

1.1 mi
State: CT
Boardwalk, Concrete, Gravel

Phenix-Harris Riverwalk

0.3 mi
State: RI
Dirt
Accordion

Putnam River Trail

2 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Quinebaug River Trail

4.8 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Quinnipiac Linear Trail

1.25 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Gravel

Quinnipiac River Gorge Trail

1.3 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Quonset Point Bike Path

2.5 mi
State: RI
Asphalt

Shoreline Greenway Trail

4.1 mi
State: CT
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Southern New England Trunkline Trail

22 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Stillwater Scenic Walkway

1 mi
State: RI
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Ten Mile River Greenway

3 mi
State: RI
Asphalt

Trolley Trail (CT)

0.75 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Warren Bike Path

0.9 mi
State: RI
Asphalt

Washington Secondary Bike Path

19.2 mi
State: RI
Asphalt

West Warwick Riverwalk

0.4 mi
State: RI
Asphalt

William C. O'Neill Bike Path

7.2 mi
State: RI
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Air Line State Park Trail winds nearly 55 miles from the northeast corner of Connecticut, where the state borders Massachusetts, down to East Hampton in the heart of the state. The pathway is...
CT 54.6 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
The Alfred J. Lima Quequechan River Rail Trail, which was formally known simply as Quequechan River Rail Trail travels along the northern shore of scenic South Watuppa Pond.   The project created a...
MA 1.4 mi Asphalt
The Arkwright Riverwalk, founded on a former rail bed purchased from Penn Central Railroad, is located in Coventry, a rural central Rhode Island town that was built around textile mills. The one-mile...
RI 0.8 mi Dirt, Woodchips
Throughout history, the Blackstone River has been an important waterway, from its use by American Indians who fished its once-abundant salmon to its role as a major artery for the transportation of...
MA, RI 26.6 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Branford Trolley Trail is essentially a long footbridge occupying an old bridge along the route of an abandoned trolley track. The bridge links nature trails on both sides of the water through a...
CT 0.6 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel
Burrillville Bike Path runs for just over a mile through its namesake rural community in northwest Rhode Island. It connects the villages of Pascoag and Harrisville through a corridor that once...
RI 1.2 mi Asphalt
The Bissell name looms large in this part of New England, and has been immortalized in multiple ways, including the Bissell Ferry, the Bissell Memorial Bridge and now, the Captain John Bissell trail,...
CT 4.5 mi Asphalt
The Charter Oak Greenway offers more than 16 miles of paved pathway through Hartford and its eastern suburbs. At first glance, the trail looks as if it is simply a highway side path, but the journey...
CT 16.6 mi Asphalt
The Cheney Rail Trail follows part of the corridor of the South Manchester Railroad, built by the Cheney brothers in 1869. The line was a 2.5-mile spur from the main Hartford, Providence, and Fishkill...
CT 1.7 mi Crushed Stone
With spectacular maritime views and an abundance of coastal wildlife, the East Bay Bike Path offers a spectacular New England experience. Inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in 2009, the route...
RI 14.3 mi Asphalt
The Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway provides a valuable crosstown connector of nearly 7 miles from downtown Providence to the city’s western neighborhoods and the nearby town of Johnston....
RI 6.8 mi Asphalt
At the turn of the 20th century, Groton & Stonington Railway Company began to move passengers between Groton to Mystic via electric trolleys. But in 25 years, the line had been discontinued due to...
CT 1.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Hanover Pond Trail is a mile-long rail-trail in Meriden, Connecticut offering scenic natural escape combined with historical exploration. The smooth asphalt trail is open to a diverse range of...
CT 1 mi Asphalt
It’s hard to pick a favorite season to experience the Hop River State Park Trail, set amid the dense forests of Eastern Connecticut. Sections of the 20-mile rail-trail dive through steep rock cuts...
CT 20 mi Crushed Stone
Riverpoint Park sits nestled into a bend of the Pawtuxet River in West Warwick, Rhode Island. The park accommodates the 400-ft arboretum which leads to 1.3-mile riverside path known as the Senator...
RI 1.3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Woodchips
Where a trolley once ran, now you can too on the south bank of the Mattabessett River. The electrified trolley shuttled passengers from Berlin to Middletown and beyond. The smooth blacktop and an easy...
CT 2.9 mi Asphalt
Over 2 miles from start to finish, this U-shaped trail meets both the commuting and the recreational needs of local residents in Middletown. The trail begins on Middle St, marked by a trailhead with a...
CT 2.2 mi Asphalt
This 5.8-mile trail is part of the planned East Coast Greenway, an off-road path that will eventually run from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida. The Moosup Valley State Park Trail will connect with...
CT 5.8 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand
Bookended by beaches and offering gorgeous vistas of Niantic Bay, the Niantic Bay Boardwalk is a must-do excursion in the small Connecticut village of Niantic, part of the larger Town of East Lyme....
CT 1.1 mi Boardwalk, Concrete, Gravel
The Phenix-Harris Riverwalk, a short trail built on a former rail bed purchased from Penn Central Railroad, connects West Warwick and Coventry, two towns on the outskirts of Providence. The dirt...
RI 0.3 mi Dirt
Accordion
The Putnam River Trail extends between Arch Street in the Putnam District and Providence Street to the south. The trail follows the east bank of the Quinebaug River between the river and Kennedy...
CT 2 mi Asphalt
The Quinebaug River Trail exists in two segments in northwest Connecticut. The northern section parallels Park Road and Tracy Road for about 2 miles in an industrial section of Putnam with few trail...
CT 4.8 mi Asphalt
The Qunnipiac Linear Trail is an easy multipurpose path in Wallingford, Connecticut. The trail skirts Community Lake while traveling a heavily wooded corridor along the Quinnipiac River. It is one of...
CT 1.25 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Quinnipiac River Gorge Trail is a 1.3-mile rail-trail in Meridan, Connecticut. The trail occupies the former railbed of the Meriden, Waterbury & Connecticut River Railroad, a 17-mile line which...
CT 1.3 mi Asphalt
Quonset Point Bike Path is a fantastic two and a half mile trail. The Quonset Point Bike Path is a part of the beautiful town of North Kingstown.The Quonset Point Bike Path is paved and off road and...
RI 2.5 mi Asphalt
When complete, Connecticut’s Shoreline Greenway Trail will be a scenic 25-mile route through four quaint New England towns off Long Island Sound. From Lighthouse Point to Hammonasset Beach State Park,...
CT 4.1 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Southern New England Trunk Line Trail (aka the "SNETT") was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 1994. It is built upon a segment of the former right-of-way of the New Haven Railroad's...
MA 22 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone
The Stillwater Scenic Walkway is a short trail that follows an old railroad bed between Capron Road and State Route 104 (Farnum Pike) south of Smithfield. The trail passes through a wooded area along...
RI 1 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
Ten Mile River Greenway, named for the waterway it parallels and not its length, runs 3 miles through a serene and green corridor connecting the City of East Providence and Pawtucket. The southern end...
RI 3 mi Asphalt
The Trolley Trail runs through Plainfield and is a key link the East Coast Greenway. Plans are to use this trail as a link between the Moosup Valley State Park Trail and the Airline State Park...
CT 0.75 mi Asphalt
The Rockville Spur, a section of Vernon Rails-to-Trails, is a stone-dust rail-trail stretching 4.2 miles into the heart of historical Rockville. The trail begins on Warren Avenue in Vernon, but you’ll...
CT 4.2 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The pleasantly tree-lined Warren Bike Path, built along the former Warren-Fall River Railroad, runs just under a mile from Long Road west to the Kickemuit River. The trail ends in an 18-acre park...
RI 0.9 mi Asphalt
The Washington Secondary Bike Path offers just over 19 miles of paved trail from Cranston (Providence’s southwestern neighbor) to Coventry. The rail-trail, Rhode Island’s longest, follows the former...
RI 19.2 mi Asphalt
The West Warwick Riverwalk is located in a park just behind West Warwick High School and John F. Deering Middle School. The paved trail goes for about a mile north following the Pawtuxet River. A...
RI 0.4 mi Asphalt
Imagine a wealthy 19th-century textile mill owner building an 8-mile railroad to get coal to his plant or products to market, and then adding accommodations to carry vacationers to beach resorts or...
RI 7.2 mi Asphalt

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Moosup Valley State Park Trail

Moosup Valley Trail Ride

July, 2019 by CW4

I rode this trail on 7/12/19 from Moosup, CT east into Sterling, CT. The first 5 1/2 miles are unimproved rail trail, good for MT bikes or aggressive hybrid riders. At the route 14A crossing I found some improvements underway, 1.5 miles of bull dozer work to a bridge under construction just past Carbuncle Pond WMA. The surface was soft and broken and very hard to ride. This leads me to believe that Road Island has a project underway to extend the Trestle Trail from Log Bridge Road (the current end) westerly to just west of the CT line at Route 14A. I will explore the area in the late fall to see how work has progressed. There is a second bridge in the Village of Green, RI that needs work, but I did not get that far.

Niantic Bay Boardwalk

Walks not bikes

July, 2019 by godsmelissa

I give 1 star as a bike trail rating; 4 as a walk. We did this as a walk and that was good. Biking - I would not recommend. Their is sooo much foot traffic a bike Would be a nuisance. On busy days parking can be filled and there is a fee to go to the beach 2018 at least. Walk it the sights are great. We chose to walk back on the side walk adjacent the road so we could see the shops n restaurants

Moosup Valley State Park Trail

Mogul Heaven

July, 2019 by tambria

I parked at 15 Spring Lake Road in Sterling. A very brief portion is paved, up to the bike overpass, then its mogul after mogul. Great for mountain biking, not so much for hybrid or road biking. Sand, gravel, muddy bits...unkept. Beautiful area, share the trail with dirt bikes and at atvs either direction.

Accordion

William C. O'Neill Bike Path

Great ride, Great shape, Much to do

June, 2019 by richardallain11

My wife and I live this ride. It’s easy to do on our 7-speed cruiser and there is much to do on the trip. Pack a lunch and picnic in Fagan Park, enjoy the paved shaded path from the Kingston Train Station and don’t forget to stop at Brickley’s for some homemade ice cream! There are also well kept public restrooms right before RT 1A in Wakefield. Great ride in great shape.

Captain John Bissell Trail

Great hard surface trail, light-traffic roads

June, 2019 by kathleenpwood

We love all of Main St, South Windsor, and it's perfect for a bike ride. I recommend starting at the top of Main St rather than by Chapel Rd as suggested here. It's a sample of old New England with lots of well-maintained vintage homes (including the birthplace of Jonathan Edwards), tobacco barns, fields, & farms. The road itself is a very moderate incline, similar to rails-to-trails. The bike trail alongside I291 is also very easy biking. We only had time to go about halfway on that portion before we needed to head back. An absolutely perfect ride!

Washington Secondary Bike Path

Friendly uncrowded shaded trail with many places to stop

June, 2019 by cathyh2o

We parked our car in the lot on Garfield Avenue, and rode 19 miles from the Cranston end to Summit, where we ate lunch at the General Store before heading back to Cranston. Compared to my home bike path, the heavily traveled Minuteman Bikeway, the Washington Secondary Path was mellllllowww, on a GORGEOUS June Sunday. I kept expecting crowds. None, just the occasional friendly rider, who usually waved and said hello.

As noted, the Coventry half is in better shape than the bumpier Cranston side. There are several ice cream places, ballfields, parks, and water views. I found porta potties between the tennis courts and ballfields near the Horgan School in West Warwick and one in a small park towards Coventry. No restroom at the trailhead so plan ahead.

Washington Secondary Bike Path

Nice Trail Linking Smaller Towns To Providence

May, 2019 by stvatandem

Rode from the Coventry Trailhead to Cranston on a warm, sunny day. Overall the trail is pretty nice with shading from nearby trees. There are some sections that need paving repair due to bumps forming in the pavement (probably nearby tree roots). Most of the roadway intersections were fine, but may be challenging on a busy day. One intersection is notably "bad" due to its layout (Providence St (Rt-33) & Toll Gate Rd (Rt-115)). This may be a good place to get off your bike and walk this intersection (see the google street view).
We didn't have time to try out the western end of this trail, but may come back in the future for it.

Arkwright Riverwalk

Great, Historical Paths

March, 2019 by jacobcsilva07

Was a nice walk oalong the Pawtuxet River, with lots of mills, artifacts, and historical scenery along the way. The River was really flooded, so we couldn't walk around the mill. This mile long route needs to be a little more maintained, but nothing major. There were only a few shrands of glass along the pathway. This used to be the old Trestle Trail, and Train Rails. It was interesting to learn thattrains used to travel along the path. It has lots of hidden gems, even waterfalls, not viewable from the road. I will definitly be coming back here with my camera and metal detector. One last thing, the mill has been vandalized by kids, but is overall safe. You are not permitted to use the insides, exept a big section was preserved into a basketball indoor court. This trail includes walking, jogging, dirt biking, biking, cross-country skiing, and lots more outdoor activities.

Quonset Point Bike Path

Great trail

March, 2019 by kibretkg

The trail leads down to the ocean and it’s just a gorgeous view! Not a lot of parking, but never overcrowded.

Hop River State Park Trail

Hop River Trail Construction News

February, 2019 by CW4

Contact with the Hop River design team has developed some news on the last remaining undeveloped area on the Hop River Trail. The section on the Windham side of the Willimantic River is under construction. A late summer opening is anticipated. This work will allow traffic over the Willimantic River from the current end at Mackey's Ag. store. A parking area is also part of the work.

The Trail from the Columbia town line to Kings Road (the current end of the developed trial) will be under design late this year. Bids, construction and all that stuff pushes the completion into 2021.

So late this summer, with a MT bike, you will be able to cross the river from Windham and follow the unimproved rail bed to Flanders Road, turn right to Kings Road and get back on the improved trail, That's less than a mile of off trail and local road.

William C. O'Neill Bike Path

tip

October, 2018 by markzurl

As I am not from RI, and was not familiar with the roads in that area, I initially had a hard time finding this trail. When locating trails I use a Garmin Navigation System for directions. The listed address of "Railroad Ave" at the Amtrak trailhead didn't seem to come up in my Garmin's database. If using a GPS navigation system, search on "Kingston Station", or "Amtrak Kingston" instead.

Moosup Valley State Park Trail

loved it

October, 2018 by junebuggin17

loved it

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