5 Great Places for Fall Hikes in Rhode Island

Autumn is a breath of fresh air, so why not get out there and enjoy it?

Chase Farm. Photo by Chris Vaccaro.

Asthe cool, crisp air creeps in, get outside take a deep breath, and breathe in that fresh autumn air.

Editor’s note: This list has been updated from a version that was originally published in 2019. 

  1. Lincoln Woods State Park

Go take a (fall) hike and experience one of Blackstone Valley’s greatest treasures. This 627-acre state park boasts walking trails through the woods and around Olney Pond. Peep the leaves as you take a walk in the brisk fall air and don’t forget to bring your furry best friend with you, because pets are allowed on a leash.

Lincoln Woods State Park, 2 Manchester Print Works Rd., Lincoln, 401-723-7892, riparks.com

  1. Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge

Catch a glimpse of the fall foliage at one of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s wildlife refuges. Its ample scenery of roughly 1,010 acres of fields, diverse forest habitats including a pond, streams, a waterfall and even a historic cemetery, put this refuge on the list of places where you can enjoy a casual walk on an autumn day. Open sunrise to sunset.

Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Rd., Exeter, 401-295-8283, asri.org

  1. Weetamoo Woods

You are sure to see the red and orange hues of fall dance around you as the leaves tumble toward to the ground in this little East Bay wooded area. With seven miles of trails (plus another 2 miles in the adjacent Pardon Gray Reserve), Weetamoo Woods is a hike that people of all skill levels can enjoy. Be sure to pack a lunch and check out High Rock while you are there for beautiful views at the highest point in the woods.

Weetamoo Woods, East Rd., Tiverton, 401-625-1300, visitrhodeisland.com

  1. Bowdish Lake

If you truly love the beauty of the great outdoors, take a hike around Bowdish Lake and stay a long weekend at the Bowdish Lake Camping Area. This scenic nature area provides the perfect location to retreat back to Zen and breathe in that fresh, crisp fall air.

Bowdish Lake, Rte. 44, Putnam Pike, W. Glocester, 401-568-8890, bowdishlake.com

  1. Goddard Memorial State Park

Throughout the year, this park attracts thousands of visitors. It offers a beautiful natural environment including spacious lawns, fields and forested areas, and is one of the best spots in Rhode Island for leaf peeping. Take a stroll by the water or frolic through the fields and catch a glimpse of all the beauty that nature has to offer.

Goddard Memorial State Park, 1095 Ives Rd., Warwick, 401-884-2010, riparks.com

 

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