Located just north of Providence, Rhode Island (about 45 minutes south of Boston), Lincoln Woods State Park is a fantastic destination for the beginning and intermediate level mountain biker, rock climber, trail runner, and just about every other activity you can think of. The park is centered around the beautiful Olney Pond, which features trails radiating in every direction. Lincoln Woods is truly a wonderland for the outdoor enthusiast, especially considering the park’s location to large, heavily populated areas, like Providence, Springfield, and Boston.
What Makes It Great
Lincoln Woods is open year round, allowing for riding whenever you get the urge. One awesome feature is Olney Pond Road. Circling the pond, this paved road is open to park traffic during the summer months, so getting from one end of the park to the other can be as simple as hopping on the pavement and cruising to the next trailhead.
The trails are well maintained, as joggers, hikers, horseback riders, and rock climbers travel them frequently. With that being said, be aware that this means you're bound to encounter many other outdoor enthusiasts while hiking around the park, so if you're a solitude seeker, consider venturing out to the park’s extremities.
Who is Going to Love It
Beginners and intermediate riders alike will enjoy the trails that Lincoln Woods has to offer. For starters, Olney Pond Road makes traveling to and from various sections of the park a breeze, especially for beginners who may not have the experience or endurance to crush the trails in between their selected destinations.
Once riders get off the pavement, however, the real fun begins. There are a plethora of small hills, short, but relatively steep sections of trails, flatland, and rock features that are fun and not exceptionally difficult. This allows for novice riders to hone their skills before tackling some of the more advanced sections of trails found throughout the park.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Parking is easy and free. There are lots and pulls offs for your vehicle located at the entrance, which is open year round. During the summer months, Olney Pond Road is open to park traffic, which allows for even more parking pull offs and lots that are only accessible at this time of year.
Make sure you pick up a map before you gear up and head out. Due to the high frequency of use of trails by both mountain bikers and equestrians, it should be noted that Zone A is off limits to mountain bikers and is only available for equestrian use. Zone B is available for mountain biking, but is off limits for equestrian use.
Note: The park is wonderful for both individuals and families throughout the year; however, keep an eye out when the sun goes down. Lincoln Woods is known to be a bit sketchy during the after hours, so if you are riding at night, be sure to travel in groups and wear a headlamp.