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Lincoln Woods State Park

Lincoln, RI Department of Environmental Management

4.2 miles of trail

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Moderate

Some trails of trail at this site are wheelchair and stroller-friendly, however, these trails may not meet ADA standards.

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Trails that are smooth and relatively level with no steps, no roots, stones or uneven ground. These may be paved, crushed stone, continuous boardwalk and similar surfaces. These trails have a route that is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy loop or network of trails.

Easy

Relatively flat and smooth trails with a route that is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy loop or network of trails.

Moderate

May have a few hills or steep sections and multiple surface types including rocks and roots. Trails are generally well-marked but following them requires a trail map.

Difficult

Strenuous trails, trail systems that mostly involve multi-mile loops and trails that are narrow and may have obstacles such as stream crossings or rocky areas, some trails are less well marked.

Click on the "Trail Map (PDF)" button to download a PDF of the trail map that you can print and take with you on the trail.

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In Rhode Island the primary hunting seasons typically run from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and from the third Saturday in April to the last day in May, however this can vary from year to year and depends on what game is being hunted. During hunting season you should wear at least 200 square inches (a hat OR a vest) of blaze orange. During shotgun deer season, which is typically in December, you should wear at least 500 square inches of blaze orange (a hat AND a vest). For more information see the RI DEM website.

What’s There:

Lincoln Woods State Park is 627 acres, much smaller than the big management areas in more rural parts of the state but there is lots to do at Lincoln Woods. The park is over 100 years old and in its early days was the flagship of what would become the state park system. It's still one of the most popular parks in Rhode Island. This is not a place for solitude, at least on a nice weekend, but there's lots to do here, from walking to swimming to riding mountain bikes and more. The official map shows a bit over four miles of trails, not including the equestrian trails or the many informal trails. In addition to the trails, there is also the 2.5 mile paved loop road around the pond that many people walk, ride and jog on, especially in the colder months when much of the road is closed to cars (typically from the end of October through the middle of April). The trail system can be confusing due to the many unmarked trails.

RI Parks Website for Lincoln Woods State Park

Dogs: Dogs must be leashed (6' maximum leash length) and picked up after at ALL times.

Horses: The trails in Zone A (see map) are reserved for horses

Bicycles: Bicycles are not allowed on the trails reserved for horses

Other Amenities: Lincoln Woods has a popular freshwater swimming beach, a riding stable, freshwater fishing, various sorts of playing fields, picnic areas and other amenities. Permits are required for use of the picnic areas and playing fields. See the RI Parks website for more information. In the winter the ice thickness on the pond is monitored by RI DEM, for the safety of ice fisherman and ice skaters.

Getting There:

Route 146/Twin River Road Entrance

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Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: From Route 146 take the Twin River Road exit and follow the signs to the park at the end of the ramp. Follow Twin River Road into Lincoln Woods State Park, to the T-junction just after you pass the entrance booth. You can turn right or left here and park in one the many parking lots around the loop road and in other parts of the park. To get to the main parking lot at the swimming beach turn right and go about 1/2 mile. Note that you cannot get to the main parking lot by turning left as part of the loop road is one-way.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? Yes

Coordinates: 41° 53.761' N    71° 26.223' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Great Road Entrance

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: From Great Road (Route 123) turn into Manchester Print Works Road, which leads into the park. After the entrance booth and the covered bridge, continue for about 0.6 miles to the junction with the loop road. Your only choice here is to continue counter-clockwise around the pond. You can go all the way around to the main parking lot at the swimming beach or park at one of the many other smaller parking lots. Note that the Great Road entrance is closed in the winter. Use the Twin River Road entrance if the Great Road entrance is closed.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? Yes

Coordinates: 41° 54.145' N    71° 25.353' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


 

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