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Hi all,

I’ll be spending a weeks vacation later this August in Narragansett. Looking for places to ride, of two types:

-Any good technical riding in the area?

-Also looking for somewhere to ride with my 4-year old. She’s on a two wheeler and loves dirt, but we’re keeping to pretty flat trails. Is Great Swamp a decent ride? Any other recommendations for off-street flattish riding?

Thanks!
 

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Great Swamp is not very rideable as the name implies. Arcadia State Park has all sorts of techie stuff. The south county bike path is good for youngsters runs from Wakefield to Kingston train Station and is paved - used to be an old railroad line. Steadman's bike shop in downtown Wakefield used to have maps and could probably point you in the right direction.
 

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Never heard of any trails in the Great Swamp itself, just a whole lot of dead end channels on the water.

Burlingame in Charleston- the yellow trail around the pond is pretty good for beginners, any of the offshoots get more technical. The yellow trail does jump between singletrack and dirt roads though. May not be the best for a young rider

Woody Hill in Westerly- mix of dirt roads and flowy trails (in the beer named trail area) with climbing. I usually park the at Lacrosse fields on RT 91 and climb into the trails. There's also (limited) parking at the end of Fern Lane and Fallon lane (off of South Woody hill, entrance is near the Wallymart). There are some technical trails but mostly smooth stuff. Everything in the named area has a sign indicating its grade. Also not the best for a young rider once you get off the dirt roads.

Bluff Point/Hailey Farms in Groton, CT- another nice mix of trails and dirt roads in the two areas. Hailey Farms is more dirt roads than single track but has a nice 1 mile warm up alongside the NE Corridor connecting it to Bluff. Not a whole lot maps and no trail signs but it's hard to get lost in either area- Hailey is bound by roads and the NE Corridor and Bluff is a peninsula bound by train tracks on the northern edge of the main lot. You could have a lot of fun on the dirts roads in both areas with the little one- most of the single track is pretty tame stuff and outside one large hill in Bluff Point (the main road goes over it), there isn't a lot of climbing. The downside is you're about an hour away depending on traffic.

Arcadia (Exeter, RI) and Big River (Coventry) Managment Areas are full of technical trails with the odd dirt road. Very easy to get lost as most of the trails aren't marked.

If you do the Kingston rail trail, start in Narragansett as it's literally all up hill to the Kingston train station.
 
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