arcadia trail - Trail, richmond/hope valley, Island

arcadia trail - Trail, richmond/hope valley, Island

DESCRIPTION

various terrian, decent climbs, fun down hill sections, very technical in the interior. this is an intermediate to advanced trail

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 20, 2010]
buddhak
Weekend Warrior

I rode here for the first time last weekend while visiting from out of town. I had a really fantastic day out there. I rode a blend of the Arcadia and Mt. Tom trails, with some bushwhacks thrown in. I got lost a few times, despite picking up a topo-map (from URE outfitters in Hope Valley, great store!). In the end I got exactly what I was craving: a long ride through technical singletrack with periods of smooth rollers here and there. Challenging but not discouraging. You guys in RI are very lucky to have so many fine riding options so close by. I have to say that I preferred Arcadia over Big River. Arcadia, for me, was a throw back to what MTB trails looked like before the pump-track era of trail building took over. It has a more natural and gnarly flow than some of the overly groomed trails I have ridden recently. Real nice.

Customer Service

I started at Browning Mill Pond, looped the pond, then struck out on the Yellow and Blue blaze trail heading North towards the Mt. Tom trail and river. Things get pretty confused after that. It would be best to hook up with a local, but a compass and topo-map will get out and back as well.

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I have ridden Big River and Lincoln Woods. I had fun at all three. But Arcadia is my favorite so far. I would like to explore Pachaug in CT one day...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 02, 2005]
ZABOOZKY
Cross Country Rider

First let me start by saying I've been riding in Arcadia for 15 years on average 3 times a week, so I have extensive knowledge of the trail network, difficulty, length & loop options. And I picked cross country rider only because I ride 5-6 days a week, I ride more trail / allmountain with a few drops, bike is a Santa Cruz Heckler. This is a decent trail, but hardly one of the best in Arcadia, and it is at the far end of the management area land. It makes a decent starting point to various loops by connecting with other trails on the other side of Browning Mills pond, but hardly a ride in itself.

Customer Service

Starts off with a mellow single track incline as it winds it's way over a few stone walls until you hit a road crossing, trail is across the street just to the left. Single track continues on along a minature stream until you hit a wood bridge, go over the bridge to the left, if you take a right at the bridge you end up in MUD&BOULDER he!!. The trail continues upward with a few cut offs to the left, you'll know when you hit the top because Rte 95 will be audible/visible, you'll be on a fire road. Go left on the fire road (past the red porta john) until you come to a fire road intersection with a right(up to Rte95) or left(downhill to Browning Mills Pond). Look almost straight across from where you are coming from and you will see a trail head. Head down this single track, across the wood bridge and take a left. Fairly hairy/rocky trail, totally rideable, takes you to the bottom of the fire road at Browning Mills pond. From here there are a few choices to continue on up towards Mt. Tom , Hudson trail and the rest of Arcadia on both sides of Rte 165.

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I will be writing more reviews for some of my favorite trails in Arcadia, such as the URI research loop, Hell trail, Pine top ski area and Beach Pond trail. These are my own names for the loops, they each encompass several named & unnamed trails in the Arcadia area. Some good places to park to ride from are the White Church on Rte 165 which gives you 5 imediate trails choices(3 heading out behind the white church 2 across Rte165). Also going down the dirt road along the side of the White Church to the end, take a right and park at the pond which gives you 3 trail choices. One other place is about 2 or 3 miles past the White Church on Rte 165 at the top of a hill just before you get to Beach Pond / CT border. On the left side of Rte165 you'll see a dirt road with the DEM red bar blocking it, park there and head straight in.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 04, 2004]
dang
Racer

if you happen to be in RI ,this place is ok but don't travel too far to it. this place is so flat that I went up over Mt Tom and didn't even know it!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 06, 2000]
Alex

It is kick ass- over 40 miles of single track-
look out easy to get lost!
also look/ ask for the power lines trail-
trails on the south side of the church are super tech.
the yellow to white (turn at water bars, 20 up hill)
we rode it sometimes 3 times a week!
I coundn't believe that riding that good was in Rhode Island!

Customer Service

start at white church, take the dirt road for a 1/4 mile take a right into single track, poops out on fire road, take a right look for next right past pond up hill follow the yellow to the white

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 30, 2000]
Dave

As the other guy said, this is probably the best XC-ing in Rhode Island. Fire trails for quick access and easy to moderately technical single tracks throughout the management area.
There is draw backs to this area, there are several riding stables just outside the management area, and they of course think that they own the trails.

Customer Service

route 165 to park headquarters

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OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 12, 2002]
nobody

very XC. saps all of the energy out of you. I love it but it is very tireing. also has a lot of technical stuff.

Customer Service

none

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 19, 2002]
Styve Diggity Dog

This trail goes on for miles and miles. I often get lost riding this trail and have to rely on my friends IL and MC to get me home. The trail is sick (I mean I get sick from riding thgis trail because I am so out of shape). I do not recommend riding this trail after a night out at the Coast Guard House drinking bourbons and mind erasers. Wicked cool trail.

Customer Service

By car

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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