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East Bay Bike Path: A Scenic Rhode Island Gem!

East Bay Bike Path water views - Rhode Island

The East Bay Bike Path is a scenic 14.5 mile path, spanning across 4 different cities in Rhode Island including: Bristol, Warren, Barrington, and East Providence. This path, which was completed in 1992, follows the old abandoned Providence and Bristol Railroad.

Old railroad on East Bay Bike Path, Rhode Island

The entire path is loaded with scenic views of the Narragansett Bay, the Providence River, forests, marshes, and parks. This path connects 8 different Rhode Island Parks, running right through Haines Memorial State Park. I found this path to be much more scenic than the Cape Cod Rail Trail, which although very nice, cannot quite compare in terms of scenic beauty.


The weather was absolutely beautiful the day of our ride. As a bonus, the path was almost completely deserted. As a result, we were able to stop along the way and snap plenty of photographs.

A few highlights along the way…

Pomham Rocks Lighthouse

Pomham Rocks Lighthouse seen from the East Bay Bike Trail in East Providence, Rhode Island

Providence Skyline

Providence, Rhode Island skyline as seen from the East Bay Bike Path

Providence, Rhode Island skyline seen from the East Bay Bike Path

Haines Memorial State Park

Haines Memorial State Park in Rhode Island

The path is almost entirely flat, except for 2 large hills near East Providence. We rode the entire 28 miles round trip in about 2 hours and 45 minutes, stopping along the way for snacks, water, pictures. I imagine you could finish it much faster without stopping. This path is relatively easy, even for beginners, because of the flat course running along a former railway.

Check out some of these gorgeous path views…

East Bay Bike Path views - Rhode Island

Heavily forested portion of the East Bay Bike Path in Rhode Island

Scenic forest views on the East Bay Bike Path in Rhode Island

Pond views along the East Bay Bike Path in Rhode Island

Gorgeous Harbor Views

Bristol, Rhode Island Harbor views

Independence Park - Bristol, Rhode Island

The views of the harbor at sunset are stunning…

Scenic sunset views in Bristol, Rhode Island

Scenic Bristol, Rhode Island at sunset

Beautiful sunset views in Bristol, Rhode Island

Tips

*Plan for at least 3 hours if you intend on completing the entire trail, round trip, longer if you are a beginner.

*Bring with snacks and water, there are stops along the way, but they are far and few between.

*Bring with your camera – this path has spectacular views around every turn!

*Watch out for the traffic intersections, especially when biking downhill. Give yourself plenty of time to slow down.

Where to Park

Independence Park in Bristol –  Thames St Bristol, RI 02809

Veterans Memorial Parkway in East ProvidenceNorth Parking Lot, East Providence, RI, 02914

East Bay Bike Path Sign




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