Breakheart Trail - Trail, Exeter, Island

Breakheart Trail - Trail, Exeter, Island

DESCRIPTION

Rocky uphills, many log jumps(on purpose)mud, sand and loose dirt,solid singletrack.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 09, 2007]
TexK
Weekend Warrior

Good trail, especially for the area. A rolling mix of climbing and downhill, with a decent amount of technical areas. A little tricky when wet due to the roots. I go out just about every week and still have a blast.
I recommend going to 'bikerag.com' for a good trail map. There are good topos of the north and south areas plus the official park maps with trial names. (won't display with Safari)

Customer Service

1st of the MTBR map is incorrect, Breakheart Loop is on the north side of 165, use google map to the church at Frosty Hollow Rd. I go past the church (heading west) and park in the 'middle lot' at the bottom of the hill on the right. From there go up the road, right on Deion, left on Frosty Hollow, then start from the pond's parking lot. Third left spur takes you to BH pond, I take the right loop, left at the draw, over the bridge and immediate right. Good trail, but after the second 'real' brige', take the middle trail at the fork and this is 'Rock Trail'. At the dirt road, take a left for ~100yds, then right. This is again BH. Follow to dirt road and you can go left to get to the car or right for 100yd climb, then left onto more single track. Lots of option, map is key, but pretty much stay straight or left an you will find yourself going through Colleen's Playhouse and onto another dirt rd. Go left, then right after the big bridge and you are at the car in 1/4 mile. It's about a 20 min addition and a great time.

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Just explore Arcadia and have a blast. The Ledges and all of the spurs off of Mt Tom are pretty good.

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4
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3
[Oct 16, 1998]
Douglas

If you like hardwood forests with some amazingly tough singletrack you will enjoy this trail...There are more difficult trails at Arcadia but I like to try and stay on my bike as much as possible. If you like rocks and bunny hopping over logs then this trail is for you. Some of the downhills are treacherous especially when wet. Due to the heavily forested areas there are quite a few roots. This is not a trail you can speed through but since you all have finesse and some fear(I speak only for myself) you will really enjoy the ride. I've can't count the number of times I've done this trail and it's never been the same ride. Give it a try and tell me what you think. My only goal is to do the whole trail once without ever crashing. My hope is that you find it as challanging as I do....

Customer Service

Start at Breakheart Pond parking lot. Fire trail is off lot on right. Follow yellow blazes for your start of a day in hell.

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Do any trail at Arcadia, they are all fantastic, unfortunately there are no maps! Bring a compass or you will get lost. Fortunately its Rhode Island and you are never more than 30 min from a road as long as you keep your compass pointed in one direction!!!! Bring tools and spare tubes...There is nothing around this area...Food and cocktails are available at Little Country Pizza and In the Middle of Nowhere Diner, both on Route 3....

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5
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[Oct 27, 1998]
BobC

Warning - hunting season you must wear the appropriate amount of orange. There are hunters that don't exactly follow the rules so make sure you're seen as a human.
There are many marked trails and unmarked side trails. the entire park is ringed by a road. Rt 165 divides the northern and southern section. Its been said that the northern section is better riding. The NE parts are flat with some hills but the NW half is somewhat hilly. Maps ARE available. Call the DEM. They published a whole book on all state access areas.. both with trails and topographical maps.
When encountering horses, yield to them. There has been enough bad encounters there already. We are ambassadors of our sport.
The marked trails lead you around the entire location and even heading west you will eventually head into the next state. Note that these are also known as hiking trails so many are flat but rooty but some are really rocky.
There are a few trails that are hiking only. They are clearly marked. These are marked as such due to the fact that they either lead onto rocky areas ( one to a mountain ) or are so narrow you cannot see around the corner.
Overall.. an excellant place to ride. There is a hidden fresh water spring inside Arcadia..

Customer Service

This is part of the trail system in Arcadia. Going west on 165, park at the main lot.. watch on the right.

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4
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[Nov 10, 1998]
Baconman

This trail used to be cooler. Erosion and motorcycles have widened the trail dramatically in the last few years. The trail is technical and has some good climbs.

Customer Service

Park at the church at the corner of Frosty Hollow Rd and Rt 165. Ride east on 165 1/2 mi to the John B Hudson trail (on your left). Follow the John B's wide singletrack to a carriage road. Go right on the carriage road but look for the singletrack 1/4 mi on left. This singletrack will bring you to Breakheart Pond with a rooty descent at the end. Go right past the gate and left at the fork. Follow the blazes to a washed out section of trail on your left (think gully) that leads to a bridge across the stream that feeds Breakheart Pond. Immediately after the bridge take a right and cross another gully. The climb up Breakheart hill starts here. Don't take any rights or lefts until you get to the top where you arrive at a carriage road. Diagonally across to the left the trail continues. Twice you will encounter carriage roads, go right times they become singletrack shortly. At the missing bridge (use the log to cross the stream, riding across the stream can disturb the fish eggs) go straight to continue over Button Hill or take the left across the stream to take the Shelter trail. At the end of Button Hill descent take a left a left on the dirt road. Several miles later at the top of a climb is Frosty Hollow Road. Go right back to your car. If you take the Shelter trail also go left to get to Frosty Hollow Road.

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3
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[Nov 22, 1998]
Chris Hughes

I haven't been on this trail in several years(there are tons of single track in Arcadia) since then my skill levels have improved greatly since the last time I tried it. Then impossible, now great. It will now be part of my regular ride. One reviewer stated there were no maps of this area. They do have then at the DEM office that is south of 165, I don't remember the name of the road it's on. You can also get a great map of the whole area. It's the USGS topographical map of HOPE Valley, RI 41071-E6TF-020. I got one for $8 from the Armchair Sailor in Newport.

Customer Service

Park at the church on 165. Follow the dirt road till it tee's off, go right to Breakheat lake go through the dirt lot by the dam and past the trail gate. Bear left at any forks in the trail. Take a left down the washed trail that will lead over a small wooden bridge at the south end of the lake. This washed trail is at a point where the trail widens a bit. If you miss the turn to the left you will start up a sandy trail to the right. Over the wood bridge and take a quick left between the rocks. Follow the trail with out turrning off the trail your on.

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Root trail. It was great till the motorcycles tore it up this spring.

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4
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[Aug 16, 2002]
Karl Heinz

The decent to the pond has alot of roots and rocks to negotiate, which will keep your mind working threading the needle, probably OK for all except the beginner. Once at the pond a circle around will expose several great side tracks. I found a great wash containing a highly technical rock climb with considerable sand. The decent back was even more fun, thank God for FS bikes. Although this is not Wasatch singletrack (get out of the car and climb), it is great fun and I will do this a couple of more times before I depart. Clear glasses are necessary. It's dark in them thar woods don't ya know.

Customer Service

Park at the church at the corner of Frosty Hollow Rd and Rt 165. Ride east on 165 1/2 mi to the John B Hudson trail (on your left). Follow the John B's wide singletrack to a carriage road. Go right on the carriage road but look for the singletrack 1/4 mi on left. This singletrack will bring you to Breakheart Pond with a rooty descent at the end. Go right past the gate and left at the fork. Follow the blazes to a washed out section of trail on your left (think gully) that leads to a bridge across the stream that feeds Breakheart Pond. Take a loop around the pond and experience some challenging side tracks. Once you return to the Bridge across the stream, immediately after the bridge take a right and cross another gully. The climb up Breakheart hill starts here. Don't take any rights or lefts until you get to the top where you arrive at a carriage road. Diagonally across to the left the trail continues. Twice you will encounter carriage roads, go right until it becomes singletrack. Go straight to continue over Button Hill or take the left across the stream to take the Shelter trail. At the end of Button Hill descent take a left a left on the dirt road. Several miles later at the top of a climb is Frosty Hollow Road. Go right back to your car. If you take the Shelter trail also go left to get to Frosty Hollow Road.

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3
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