Big River Management Area is located in West Greenwich, RI and covers a total of 8,319 acres of diverse terrain. There are 6,155 acres of evergreens and deciduous trees, 1,288 acres of wetlands, 233 acres of agricultural lands and 407 acres of other areas like gravel, residential, etc. In the 1960’s, the land was condemned by the state and the houses there evicted so that a large drinking water reservoir could be constructed. However, it was never built and is now a conservation area filled with old roads and foot paths created mostly by dirt bikes and mountain bikers.
There were a couple of dirt bikers cruising up and down the trail not seeming to care about anyone else in the area. We veered left through a field and wandered around trying to find the start of the trail. After some bush whacking, we finally found the trailhead and ventured into the woods. There were no blazes. It was just us, the map (http://www.greatswamppress.com/big-river/), and our compass.
Big River Management Area is definitely a unique place. If you love dirt biking or mountain biking, I highly recommend checking it out. I wasn’t fully impressed with the area as far as cleanliness and trail marking, but overall it was a neat place with plenty more to be discovered.