Big River Area - TRAIL

Big River Area - Trail, Exeter RI, Island

A fun place to ride with a group. There are all skill levels but it's a good place for a beginner to learn. A lot of banked turns and whoop di do's, the kind of place that a fast group can have a blast. It is owned by the water dept. and was supposed to be developed as a resevoir but was stoped for enviromental reasons. That being the case it is not well managered. You will see a lot of trash by the fire roads but the single track is fun. Next time you are on a group ride try it instead of Acadia.

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Rhonda   Weekend Warrior [Nov 04, 2012]

Please let your readers know that it is not cool to ride your bikes during Hunting Season on legal land. Not only is it dangerous, but it distrupts our way of life.

Similar Products Used: Arcadia
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kevinrod1983   Cross Country Rider [Jan 09, 2012]

yesterday i rode this place and is was just awesome! if you like just going full bore out on a trail then this place is like a bmx race track. not sure where i was going or how i got there but i didn't care... even when we were trying to go home. some tough climbs, rock gardens, and more whoopties then anywhere iv'e ever seen. top five in my 40min. drive trails.

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5
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magdaddy   Cross Country Rider [Jul 21, 2009]

quite simply, the BEST riding in the area. I vacationed there again last week-second time in the Narraganset area. Last time I rode Arcadia South, and Burlingame. This time, Arcadia North-not real different-I think I was on some of the same trails as before, and Big River.

Big River has it ALL! It's got the aforementioned berms-ala roller coaster or pump track, it's got very sweet flowing singletrack, and it has awesome rock garden tech sections.It also has as much climbing as anyone could want. Significant trail development has gone on there in the last few years, I was told.

I am a tourist there, and I was treated with friendship, courtesy, and respect. Hook up with Nemba when in the area. They have rides on Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday...Thursday being at Big River. Have somebody from the club be the ride leader, because there's hidden sweetness in those woods.

Two GREAT local shops are Narraganset Bikes, and W.E. Steadman in Wakefield. Both shops will go out of their way to hook you up with a ride.

Those shops, as well as the two dozen or so Nemba club members I meet there, are a great credit to the sport. Really a great group, I can't wait to go back!

Customer Service

Hook up with Nemba, get into the group you can ride at...relaxed, intermediate, or advanced...and CRANK!

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ZABOOZKY   Cross Country Rider [Jun 08, 2005]

As the previous posts state Big River is faster, easier & not as tech as Arcadia, so it can be a nice change. One of the great aspects of Big River in the summer is that you can connect up with some trails around Carrs Pond, get in a quick swim and hang by the water while you suck down your Cliff bar in this oppresive heat. What I haven't seen in any of the other posts is talk of the trails off the right side of the road. The trail network on the right side is slower, more tech with some steep hairy little climbs & decents that can sneek up on you. These trails can take you all the way to the white fire station about 3 mile sounth down Rte3.

Customer Service

To get to Carrs Pond follow the trails off the left side of the road, when you hit the 2nd. newly paved road take a left past a DEM red bar. Couple 40-100 feet past the bar look for a steep uphill to the right, at the top you should see a cemetary across the street, enter to the right of the cemetary then follow the single track to the left behind the graves. The trails off the right side of the road are way to confusing to give directions to, but you can only go so far west till you'll hit Rte3, and south to the fire station isn't that far, plus it's an easy ride if you end up lost down there. Give the rigth side a try, it's a HOOT!

Similar Products Used: Arcadia, park at the White church on Rte165, or the lot 1/8 mile past, and head out behind the white church or across Rte165 to the Mt.Tom trail area.
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OwMyNads   Weekend Warrior [May 26, 2005]

Do you come here often? Why not? What's not to like? Like many others have said, the whoop-de-dos, berms, up-n-down nature of the trail make for a really nice flow. I've never found myself lost, as you always dump out on some road (I like the one with the 17 mph speed limit, particularly). Fairly new to mtb, these trails have been kind to my lack of skills, while still getting technical enough at times to allow me to build some. For my more advanced buds, this is an awesome opportunity to let it fly. And don't listen to the people who diss the mud! This is black gold! Come down a hill and around a quick turn and take on some of those puddles on a hot summer day. Getting messy is what its all about! Oh, and I didn't get this nick by accident- get yourself a thudbuster if you're going in there. Some rock gardens and babyheads that'll whack your nutsack like a speedbag if you don't have something to dampen the shock. Hardtail! -OwMyNads

Customer Service

Try some of the various loops if you enter the left-hand side of Burnt Sawmill Road. Take your time and try to get lost, once you have established routes down. Be careful- there are some cliffs back there that come up on you pretty fast if you're not aware of them. Don't want to go huckin' by accident!

Similar Products Used: Try Arcadia (go down Arcadia Rd on the left, just past the main entrance) Management Area. Park near the pond and head south on Arcadia Rd. and there's an path on the left near the Tomaquag Beaver sign. That's a great trail to start off on.
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Bart   [Apr 30, 1999]

Try the first trail on the right after the small parking area and it begins like a roller coaster the plenty of slippery roots. Minimal rocks but lots of fast descents...have fun

Customer Service

Park on Burnt Sawmill Rd. Fastest riding is on the left side of the road. Follow the trail over the small stream and the moguls begin. Lots of fast ups and downs. If you come out to the dirt road go left and take your first right back into the woods...you won't be disappointed. Plenty of trails make the return trip difficult to repeat.

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Grand Pooh Bear   [May 18, 1999]

Big River offers a mostly fast ride. Lots of moguls are distributed all over the trails. It's not as technical as Arcadia, but it is faster riding. I have one complaint which comes with a warning. If you,ve never ridden Big River before, plan for lots of time. Trail markings are non-existent and many trails look very similar. I've been lost in there three times, the last time despite many rides there. Plus, what few mapsof the area that exist are nothing short of terrible. That little problem costs it a perfect rating.

Customer Service

You can park right at teh main entrance right on Rte 3, just off of exit 6 on I-95. Go down Burnt Sawmill Road adn take the trailhead on the left shortly after a small bridge crossing, and right opposite a small parking area. Or you can pedal a bit further down and take the first trailhead on the right.

Similar Products Used: Arcadia Management Area.
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4
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Scott O   [Jul 01, 1999]

This is as close to mtn biking zen as I've ever come. After beating the crap out of yourself in Arcadia, this is a great change of pace. No long hills, just quick climbs and drops. No real technical areas, just a lot of nice grooved out ruts and burms from our motorcycle friends. Forget your V-breaks, your $200 Avid levers, and your $500 Judy- you don't need them- just go as fast as you can.
Note- I came across an area that had recently been designated as "Nature Conservation Area"- a sanctuary for birds and plants. No bikes, motorcycles or motorized vehicles allowed- that's fine. However, after riding through some horse shit, I realized that this was a thinly veild excuse for horse people to shut everyone else out- there's no mention of "no horses allowed". I'm no Ted Kennedy (though I can drink like him) but this has got me so pig-biting mad that I'm ready to get invoved and fight these rich ass, snobby bastards- anyone else in?

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just check it all out

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Fast eddy   [Jul 12, 1999]

Big chainring almost all day. Reminded me kind of a BMX track fairly flat, fast, banked turns and lots of whoop- di- dos. One of the few trails that both novices and experts can enjoy. Not very technical (good for newbies) but the speed you can carry through the turns really keeps you on your toes.. Was having a blast and then realized I should be in the Big Chainring. It just got better. Look out for the dead deer.Heard that there are some enviromental hazards there (not to mention hunters. lots of rifle casings) so wouldn't touch the water.

Customer Service

Followed this punk ass Scott O for about 16 miles and never did the same track twice. Seems to be some sort of loop though.Tuff to get lost becuase all trails end out near roads. If you some Sasquatch monkey looking dude riding an old Kona, FYI -he'll act as a trail guide for a few old bike parts or micro brews.

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Steve and Johnny Fastest riders in Big River   [Jul 17, 1999]

Horse flies blow balls!!
The trails are fast and good for reflex training. Good place to develop cardiovascular conditioning. Many rollercoaster type trails.
If you look hard enough you can find some extreme spots such as twisty steep declines and some extremely technical uphills.

Customer Service

Rte 3 and division intersection

Similar Products Used: Arcadia any trail but the fire roads.
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