5 of the Most Scenic Hiking Trails in Rhode Island

Sightsee while you workout along these beautiful paths in the Ocean State.
Ocean View From The Cliff Walk In Newport Rhode Island

An ocean view from the Cliff Walk in Newport. Via Getty Images

Take a deep breath of fresh salt air on these scenic hikes. With views of waves and wildlife, these routes are sure to make you feel grateful for living in or visiting the Ocean State.  

1. Cliff Walk in Newport  

With views of the ocean crashing against a rocky shore, the Cliff Walk in Newport is quintessentially New England in its picture-perfect glory. This seven-mile out-and-back walk is considered moderately difficult and it takes a little over two hours to complete, so if you’re looking to spend a day by the water, this trail has got you covered. For a good postcard, snap pictures of the Newport Mansions while you hike. 

Important to note: Due to structural damage, the small part of the route between Narragansett Avenue and Webster Street is temporarily inaccessible. Dogs are welcome if they are on a leash.  Open year-round from sunrise to sunset.

The details:  119 Memorial Blvd., Newport, cliffwalk.com  


 2. Lincoln Woods Trail in Lincoln 

Enjoy water views every step of the way on this easy three-mile loop through Lincoln State Park. Sneak off the beaten path for views of foliage against the backdrop of sun-soaked ponds and babbling brooks. If you’re extra lucky, you might see deer gallivanting throughout the trail.  

Important to note: Some sections of the trail are not well-marked. All dogs must be on a leash. Open daily year-round.

The details: 2 Manchester Print Works Rd., Lincoln, 401-723-7892, riparks.com


3. Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge Trail in Exeter 

 Don’t let the Winter temperatures keep you from exploring this three-mile loop trail in Exeter. With elevated wooden bridges, you’ll feel like you’re walking atop the water and amongst the trees. The trail is one of the most well-marked in the state, making it kid-friendly, and it has some of the best views of ponds and waterfalls. 

Important to note: Dogs are not allowed on this trail. Open year-round from sunrise to sunset.

The details:  99 Pardon Joslin Rd., Exeter, asri.org  


4. Beavertail Lighthouse Loop at Beavertail State Park in Narragansett 

Begin this easy, forty-five minute walk on the south end of Beavertail State Park in the woods and end on the north side of the park which boasts a gorgeous view of the sun setting over the ocean. A great tour of both land and sea, this trail is a picturesque two-mile breath of fresh air.  

Important to note: The trail gets muddy after rain or snow, so it may get slippery.  The trail is open from six a.m to six p.m everyday but Beavertail Lighthouse State Park is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

The details: Beavertail Rd., Jamestown, 401-884-9834, riparks.com


5. Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge Trail in Middletown  

 This tranquil trail is just over two miles and it is the perfect spot to snap a picture of the sun setting over the sea. A mix of terrain, be prepared to walk on rocky shores, sandy paths, and stretches of dirt. Take a break on a bench with a view of the water, or get a closer look by taking a climb on the flattened rocks lining the shores of this hike.  

Important to note: Dogs are not allowed. Many kinds of wildlife have been spotted on this trail, including a small, monitored coyote pack. Open year-round from sunrise to sunset

The details: 769 Sachuest Point Rd., Middletown, 401-384-9124, fws.gov