8. East Bay Bike Path

Rhode Island's East Bay Bike Path

The 14.5 long East Bay Bike Path has made “The Rail Trail Hall of Fame,” a distinction given to the best rail trails in the country. Rail trails are basically former railroad routes converted into multi use recreational paths.

This award comes at no surprise. The East Bay Bike Path is one of the best bike paths I have ever encountered. Not only are the views outstanding (think water on both sides, forests, skylines, and lighthouses), but the ride itself is very peaceful and never too overly congested.

Providence skyline as seen from the East Bay Bike Path
Lighthouse seen along Rhode Island's East Bay Bike Path
Beautiful water views along Rhode Island's East Bay Bike Path
Scenic sunset in Bristol, Rhode Island

Because the route follows an old railroad route, the ride is really flat and fast. Apart from 2 hills, the rest of the ride is quite enjoyable and easy. This ride is best enjoyed during the milder late spring, summer, and early fall months. Being in New England, you know there are going to be a lot of trees. Fortunately, there is plenty of shade coverage here for summertime bike rides.

I love this ride. It’s a great way to see a lot of fabulous Rhode Island sights that you may not have encountered otherwise. A definite A+ winner in my book! Scenic, free, and a great workout – what more could you ask for?!

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9. Gooseberry Beach

A cloudy spring day at Newport's Gooseberry Beach

Newport has so many fantastic beaches that it can be hard to decide on just one. Gooseberry Beach, located on Newport’s Famous Ocean Drive, is a good place to start. This unique beach is actually a private beach club, however, it is still open to the public.

Stormy spring day at Newport's Gooseberry Beach
Stormy spring day at Newport's Gooseberry Beach

It’s a beautiful beach to visit any time of the year. Obviously, the summer months are more crowded. I prefer the laid-back atmosphere of a spring or fall visit. The dark stormy days on the beach are absolutely amazing!

10. Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge

Pretty water views at Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge - Tiverton, Rhode Island

Nestled away in quaint Tiverton, Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge offers a pleasant, calm setting to take a nature walk. This is great for you as the absence of heavy crowds allows you to experience a solitary walk through the woods.

The scenery at Emilie Ruecker includes peaceful views of: forests, marshes, and the Sakonnet River. Bird watching opportunities are ample, with Snowy Egrets and Great Egrets frequently spotted in the marsh.

The hiking trails are easy, even for beginners, allowing you to concentrate on the scenery and wildlife as opposed to struggling through a rough workout. Sometimes a peaceful nature walk is all you need.

However, the refuge is also a great place to take a refreshing jog if you feeling like getting in a more intense workout. I often used this beautiful oasis to train for 5ks and half marathons. What a perfect setting for jogging: fresh air, no traffic noise, shade, and most of all: peaceful natural views.

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