One of our favorite ways to take in the summer weather is to get in a good hike—plus, spending the days outdoors is also a great way to get some exercise! Don’t get us wrong, brunch or a mani-pedi is a perfect way to catch up with girlfriends, but getting in some gossip over a mountaintop picnic is seriously underrated. Whether you’re hitting the hills with your pups or going for a nature run, we’ve found the best trails to check out when the sun is shining and you’re breaking out the sunscreen!
Much like a buffet, Lime Rock Preserve’s 130 acres offers something everyone can enjoy! While hiking, you can observe open water, streams, woodlands, ledges, bird watching, and some telltale signs of local animal inhabitants. With more rare plant species than any other Rhode Island site, the short (1.3 mile) but gorgeous trail will be well worth a few hours out of your day. Just be sure to wear some rain boots—it gets muddy!
Although a bit of a drive from Providence, the Queen’s River Preserve leads to one of the state’s most pristine streams, the Queen’s River! At just 1.2 miles, the hike boasts not only red cardinal flowers and jewelwing damselflies, but a great family friendly activity. Or, take an easy stroll with a friend or man-friend…no matter who you go with, the River will be worthy of a royally lovely time!
Although also a bit outside of Providence, Flintlock Trail is unique in its own right. Featuring a well-worn horse-and-wagon track trail and a historic cemetery, your hike will be as much of a history lesson as an outdoor exercise opportunity. The trail is also Tillinghast Pond’s first, and along the way, you can enjoy a boulder garden and swimming hole! Flintlock should certainly be a change of pace from modern day life…just don’t forget your insect repellant!