Before going outdoors please read our page about how to walk outdoors safely during COVID-19.

Outdoor Recreation in the Time of COVID-19

Land Trusts are encouraging people to get outside and enjoy Rhode Island's outdoor spaces BUT TO DO SO SAFELY. Please read about How to Walk Outdoors Safely During COVID0-19.

If you get to a location and find it crowded we encourage you to use ExploreRI to find another place to walk.

Read the March 26 DEM press release. Read the May 8 DEM press release about the re-opening of Rhode Island's state parks.

Go Paddling:

Paddlers on Georgiaville Pond

Information on fresh and saltwater kayaking and canoing in Rhode Island and the Narragansett Bay watershed, from the Blackstone to the Wood-Pawcatuck, to the Taunton River in Massachusetts! These are the best places to go kayaking and to launch a canoe or kayak for an adventure. Here are some ways to find your next paddling experience and paddle safely:

Go for a Walk:

Find a trail, go for a walk and explore. Information about Rhode Island's best walking and hiking trails. Whether you want to enjoy an easy walk nearby and relax outdoors in a park or experience an adventure on a more challenging day-long hike, there's a trail here for you!

Winter Paddling Warning:

Winter is still here and while it may look tempting to head out for some cold weather paddling, only experienced paddlers with appropriate gear and training should be on the water during the "cold water season." Rhode Island's waters cool off during the fall and don't really warm up again until early summer. During this time gear such as wet suits or dry suits are an essential part of a paddler's gear. So, please enjoy Rhode Island's beauty safely during the winter and if you are not prepared for cold water paddling, leave the boats in storage until next summer; and always, always: Remember to wear your life jacket!

See Where You Are On a Map as You Walk with Avenza Maps

The Rhode Island Land Trust Council and ExploreRI have started to make selected trail maps available for free on the Avenza maps platform.

Avenza maps are special, free maps that you can use in the Avenza app on your smart phone. These maps let you see your location on the map as you walk. Download the Avenza App for free in the Apple App Store or on Google Play

Once you've got the app, click on the Avenza Trail Map button to "purchase" the free map for this trail from the Avenza map store. If this is your first time, Avenza will ask you to set up an account to check out. However, all Avenza trail maps listed on ExploreRI are free.

So far we have made maps for the following trails available on the Avenza system:

National Geographic Names Rhode Island’s Blueways a “Best Adventure Destination for 2012”

Read the write-up on the National Georgraphic website and get out and paddle Rhode Island's Blueways! We have put off until next summer the led trips along the new water trails so stay tuned for more information in the spring.

 

26 Paddling Trail Maps!

See the Water Trails page for 26 paddle trail maps for paddling routes across Rhode Island! There are trips for all skill levels, all across the state, on rivers and lakes and salt ponds, all! These maps were created in partnership with ten watershed organizations across the state, with funding from the Rhode Island Foundation.

You can also see the water trail routes on our mapping system, and then click on the routes to get the detailed water trail maps.

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