Bike trails are plentiful for biking fun for the family on a RI getaway

Rhode Island's bike trails range from redeveloped beds of old railroad tracks as "rail trails" inland, to the famour East Bay Bike Path in Barrington and other East Bay towns.

Length: 11.5 miles

The Blackstone River Bikeway is scheduled to be a 17.1 mile by 12-foot wide scenic bike-path, currently under construction. Right now, bicyclists can access 11.5 of those miles linking the towns of Central Falls, Lincoln, and Cumberland. The path is scenic and educational, as it follows the historic Blackstone River with it’s many beautiful mill buildings, canal chambers, and ruins of the industrial revolution. The southern end of the Blackstone River Bikeway will eventually link to the popular East Bay Bike Path, making a continuous 31.9 mile route for alternative transportation. See website for access points.
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Length: 10 miles

This series of paths is technically disconnected but if one doesn’t mind slightly rough terrain in between, the path can be ridden for 10 straight miles. The longest stretch, through Cranston, is 5.5 miles, with 3 miles in West Warwick, and 1.5 miles in Warwick. The path runs along a former rail right of way and passes heavily populated areas, with great views of mills, the Pawtuxet River, and easy access to many commerical areas. Many segments have thick woods despite proximity to high development. See website for access points.
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Ten Mile River Greenway

Length: 2.5 miles

One of Rhode Island’s newer bike paths, the Ten Mile River Greenway extends from Kimberly Ann Rock Athletic Fields in East Providence to Slater Memorial Park in Pawtucket. The name is misleading, as the trail is only 2.5 miles, but it’s scenic enough to make up for its brevity. One of only a few such paths that was not constructed on an old rail line, this bike trail includes lots of dynamic twists, turns, and inclines. Parking is available at Slater Park on Newport Avenue in Pawtucket, or at Kimberly Ann Rock Athletic Fields on Ferris Avenue in East Providence.
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Length: 6 miles

The South County Bike Path, also know as the William C. O'Neill Bike Path, is 6 miles in length but when completed, will be approximately 8 miles. From the Kingston train station, the path follows the easement of the old Narragansett Pier Railroad passing through the villages of Peace Dale, Wakefield, and eventually into the Town of Narragansett and the South County Museum adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean.
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Length: 5 miles

The Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway Bike Path starts at Waterplace Park in downtown Providence, goes under Providence Place Mall, and runs up the Woonasquatucket River through Providence and into Johnston. It currently includes 5 city parks, 2.8 miles of on-road bike path, and 2.9 miles of off-road bike path. Parking for the trail is available at Riverside Mills Park off Aleppo Street in Providence.
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Route 14 Bristol, RI, 02809 Phone: 401-253-7482

Beautiful park along Narragansett Bay; walking trails; picnicking; playfields

This large, open park on the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay has many drives and trails for walking and biking. It is very close to the famous East Bay Bike Path.
Map of Colt State Park.
See full description of Colt State Park

Length: 14-5 miles

The East Bay Bike path is a 14.5-mile, 10-foot-wide ribbon of asphalt that provides a safe place for unobstructed cycling. Users can enjoy the sights, sounds and smells as the path takes them by coves and marshes, over bridges, and through State Parks. This Bike Path's southern tip will eventually link-up to the Blackstone Bikeway now under construction. Some highlights of the route include sparkling bay views, an ice cream shack in Riverside Square, and a nature preserve with boardwalks overlooking the salt marsh. Several stops along the way provide cyclers with restrooms and refreshments. Park is accessible in Providence at India Point Park or, at the opposite end, in Bristol at Independence Park. See park website for other access points.
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