not quite south county

by
par
Drew Pflaumer
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Providence

50

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km

Distance

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50

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Time Spent Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

6

hrs

Estimated Total Time

estimé temps total

2

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

42mm

Suggested Tire Size

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not quite south county

by
par
Drew Pflaumer
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Distance

Distance

50

mi

Time Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

50

%

Estimated Time

estimé temps total

6.0

hrs

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

2

Suggested Tire Size

conseillé pneu de largeur

42mm

Difficulty

difficulté

Intermediate

description

la description

A whirlwind of western Rhode Island without getting *too* out there

Step 1: Ride the Washington Secondary Trail to Summit General Store. Get yourself a coke because you climbed 75% of the way to the highest point in Rhode Island. 

Head south on Log Bridge Road and follow the tracks between the jersey barriers where the road ends. With a few short exceptions popping through cul-de-sacs (don’t worry, it’s basically a straight shot south) and the like you’re off pavement for the next 13 miles. Then you’ll hit the trifecta of Wyoming, Moscow, and Hope Valley before you duck under 95, cool off in Wood River, and hit Kenyon Hill Trail.

Kenyon Hill Trail is more great gravel so enjoy it! You’ll have to zig-zag through “downtown” Richmond (RI’s least densely populated town!) to get up to Punchbowl Trail. The first mile of the trail is a track in the woods but the second half is a tiny asphalt road ending at Kenyon Grist Mill- a Rhode Island institution. Then it’s just a short hop on 138 (mostly empty and easy for biking here) to West Kingston.

Now you have options! Take RIPTA Routes 62 or 66 back to Providence. Hang out in Wakefield/Peacedale a bit and take the 66. Ride up Route 2 to Wickford Junction and catch those same routes. Or, for the greedy, ride back into Providence. If you want to loop in a brewery tour the route ends at Shaidzon, Sons of Liberty and Whalers are in Wakefield-Peacedale, and Tilted Barn is just up Route 2 in Exeter. Take the bus home if you hit them all.

route created on
2/11/21
  • A great mix of bike path, forest singletrack, and genuine gravel/dirt roads
  • Far enough from the beach that most of the route is deserted in the summer months
  • Several opportunities to get in the water to cool off
  • Great chance to loop in a little brewery tour in South Kingstown

  • There is ominous signage in the URI research forest but you’re okay if you stay on the trail
  • Don’t be fooled by Austin, Wyoming, Moscow, Richmond, etc. You’re still in Rhode Island!
  • The ride back to Providence isn’t particularly lovely or exciting but it’s easy enough if you want to add in some miles or don’t want to worry about the bus (URI/Wakefield/Peacedale) or train (MBTA-Wickford or Amtrak-Kingston)

  • Wind Turbines! 
  • Beach Pond State Park (loop in a detour to Stepstone Falls if you’re feeling brave)
  • Kenyon’s Grist Mill- in operation for 325 years! Get your Johnny Cake ingredients to refuel and some fresh RI-made pine soap to wash the stink off

  • Summit General Store at the end of the Washington Secondary Trail is a real gem
  • South Kingstown (West Kingston/Wakefield/Peacedale) is full of good food and drinks
  • If you absolutely can’t make it between the two, Wyoming (just past where you turn off Arcadia onto Skunk Hill Road) has some emergency snack options

gravel, sandy, rocky
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highlights

  • A great mix of bike path, forest singletrack, and genuine gravel/dirt roads
  • Far enough from the beach that most of the route is deserted in the summer months
  • Several opportunities to get in the water to cool off
  • Great chance to loop in a little brewery tour in South Kingstown

what to know

  • There is ominous signage in the URI research forest but you’re okay if you stay on the trail
  • Don’t be fooled by Austin, Wyoming, Moscow, Richmond, etc. You’re still in Rhode Island!
  • The ride back to Providence isn’t particularly lovely or exciting but it’s easy enough if you want to add in some miles or don’t want to worry about the bus (URI/Wakefield/Peacedale) or train (MBTA-Wickford or Amtrak-Kingston)

points of interest

  • Wind Turbines! 
  • Beach Pond State Park (loop in a detour to Stepstone Falls if you’re feeling brave)
  • Kenyon’s Grist Mill- in operation for 325 years! Get your Johnny Cake ingredients to refuel and some fresh RI-made pine soap to wash the stink off

food / hydration

  • Summit General Store at the end of the Washington Secondary Trail is a real gem
  • South Kingstown (West Kingston/Wakefield/Peacedale) is full of good food and drinks
  • If you absolutely can’t make it between the two, Wyoming (just past where you turn off Arcadia onto Skunk Hill Road) has some emergency snack options

terrain

gravel, sandy, rocky

route map

la plan de route

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