Our Top Outdoor Activites in Rhode Island

Looking for a way to work off those vacation meals? We’ve got you covered.

Kayaking

The name Wood River is common amongst Rhode Island kayakers because there is no shortage of adventure along this twenty-five mile Pawtuxet tributary. Because of its great length, this river is often divvyed up into more manageable excursions for kayakers to venture on. We recommend starting at Ten Rod Road in Exeter, and following the river south for seven-and-a-half miles to Wyoming Pond in Hopkinton. This path will take you deep through the Arcadia Management Area forest and it features plenty of obstacles like the occasional white water section to spice up what is by and large a relaxing affair. Exeter.

Located in the heart of water-logged South County, the Kayak Centre offers not only superb kayak and paddleboard rentals, but also beginners and advanced classes as well as guided coastal tours through Newport, Jamestown and Charlestown (by daylight, sunset and moonlight!).

Also check out:
Narrow River and Narrow River Kayaks in Narragansett; Blackstone River and East Coast Paddle Sports in East Greenwich; Napatree Point and Watch Hill Outfitters in Westerly; Woonasquatucket River and Providence Kayak Company in Providence.


Rock Climbing

It’s unexpected, but just a few miles north of Providence in Lincoln Woods State Park lies a local mecca for rock climbing enthusiasts who are scarce on time. While the climbs are generally small, climbers and bouldering fans agree that these novice climbs are not just great for beginners learning the trade, but also for veterans who are looking to stay warm between major climbs or who want a refresher before a serious climbing venture elsewhere. Between the sharply textured granite walls and vertical faces lies a day of adventure just waiting to be discovered! Lincoln.

Also check out:
For more experienced climbers: Long and Ell Ponds in Hopkinton; Arcadia Management Area in Exeter; Rocky Point Park in Warwick. For Ninja Warriors: The Laid-Back Forest in Coventry.


Skydiving

Okay, this activity might not exactly help you shed any pounds, but it will certainly get your heart pumping! Skydive Newport is one of the most frequented skydive centers in New England due to the beautiful sites that can be seen as you rapidly descend from the clouds, and because the required training for its tandem jumps only takes a short five minutes. Once training is complete and you’ve fully ascended, you can expect to leap out of the plane and fall at 120 mph for forty seconds before gently floating via parachute for the remaining 5,000 feet until touchdown. Newport.

Other sky high adventures:
Block Island Parasail and Watersports in Block Island; Island Style Parasail in Newport.


Hiking

People who love to hike usually look for two things in a relaxing trail: scenic views and plenty of space to keep the fun times rolling. Big River Trail might be the best combination of these two aspects in all of Rhode Island. Though river is in the name, this eighteen-mile path mostly surrounds a lake, occasionally branching off into the forest where you’ll find meadows, tributaries and delicate waterfalls. This trail is often heavily populated but can be confusing at times, so it’s best to bring a GPS or map to help you stay on track. West Greenwich.

More noteworth trails:
Neutaconkanut Hill in Providence; Ben Utter Trail / Stepstone Falls in Exeter; Snake Den in Johnston; Sachuest Point in Middletown; Wolf Hill Forrest Preservation in Smithfield.


Local Products to Bring on your Outdoor Adventure

From Downcity Outfitters
✓ YETI Rambler
✓ Climbing gear
✓ North Face backpack

From Frog and Toad
✓ Sea Salt hand cream
From Barrington Books

✓ Hiking books and maps

From Cleverhood
✓ Cleverhood Rain Cape

From Newport Jerky Company
✓ Vegan Jerky
✓ Whiskey Marinated beef jerky
✓ Tick and insect repellent for dogs

From Beautiful Day Granola
✓ Ginger Zinger granola

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