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Level: Intermediate
Length: 35 mi (56.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +469/ -477 ft
Total: 118 riders

Mountain Biking Big River

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#2 of 18 mountain bike trails in Rhode Island
#466 in the world

Fun network with lots of singletrack, sandy fireroads. Plenty of rocks and roots. Best spinning on the Big River side (west of Hopkins Hill) with most technical aspects in Carr's Pond area to the East. Great place to take a beginner, but challenging enough for intermediate riders and not boring to advanced riders.

First added by johncandie on Oct 20, 2007. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Parking lots at DEM lot on Hopkins Hill Road and at the intersection of Division Stree and Route 3.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near West Greenwich, Rhode Island

Intermediate | 25 mi

Rider questions

Q: is there overnight parking for RVs nearby?
A: there is a 24 hour Walmart in the center of new England right next to big river where RV's stay overnight all the time

Q: Cyclocross friendly?

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  • drmachata

    Big River is the mountain biker destination in Rhode Island if for no other reason than it has 60-70 miles of trail. Most trails are fairly straight forward cross-country trails with a smattering of roots and rocks, but the are an increasing number of advanced intermediate trails with many rocks, roots and the punchy climbs characteristic of Rhode Island. A fun area for beginners to experts, who may prefer more challenging trails than Big River has to offer.

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  • MTBene

    Had high expectations for this place, but unfortunately it is all flat dirt bike tracks lacking character for a the kind of riding I enjoy .

    Very sandy and loose dirt. There are rollers galore, but it's very tough keeping speed through with no elevation drops. No other obstacles that I found. Occasional roots here and there, and a few berms designed for a motorized bike.

    It's a good place if you want to get mega miles in, but I found it to be a little boring. XC guys may be into it though, lots of miles of trails at this place.

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  • tonetonitony

    I used to ride here 15 years ago and it was well riden singletrack. Had the opportunity to get some shred miles in - brought garmin to assist in nav. Hate to say it but either this place has aged out or the people that ride it aged out. Its in derelict condition. Trees down everywhere, overgrown, ground is spongy from lack of riders. Its really sad what this has become.

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  • Jimmy Christensen

    Copy and paste the link below for an awesome highlight video from Big River in West Greenwich, RI. Mountain biking Big River is a blast for all levels of mountain bikers. With around 35 miles of trails, you can weave through the woods on single track all day, if you want. Most of the trails are XC trails with no shortage of climbing and some fun tech and flow throughout. This is a great place to go to stretch the legs out and put down some miles. If you are an enduro junky, this might not be the most exciting place for you, but there are a few good hucks and challenges along the way. Enjoy the video and let me know what you think! I post new videos from different spots in the Northeast every Monday, so be sure to subscribe for more!
    Link: https://youtu.be/WOVC8J_9aqw

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  • Dopplerdave

    Awesome place to ride some tech lots of winding singletrack. Overall fun definitely need gps there is nearly zero trail markers or ride with someone who knows where there going.

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  • [email protected]

    A little bit of everything. Well maintained trails

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  • Michael Lemieux

    A great network. I don't think I've ridden everything there.

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  • belzenbeck

    Awesome place to many trails at least like 35 miles. Trail sections split by road crossings and double track trails. I parked across from the mobile station on division Street and headed north and did a loop through the pines very scenic thru the pines lots of flow and rollers then crossed the road into a more technical stuff. Mostly stayed on the Nemba yellow trail out and back and offshoots. Then rode some DT to get my bearings
    2 hrs and didn't scratch the surface of all the possible riding here.
    I'll be back for sure.

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  • JoePalumbo221

    Great fun place to challenge your skill level. Too many trails to mention. Just go and explore. Bring a GPS.

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  • Cronic420

    I really enjoyed riding out in big river I did a short loop with my girlfriend who doesn't do trail riding at all or ever and she enjoyed it and did pretty well for some of the rough terrain

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  • yzedf

    A very nice mix of trails. Its really a "what are we in the mood for today" type of place. You can stick to the dirt road and offshoots that are quite easy, head up around Carr Pond and get into the rocky rooty stuff, go over near exit 6a for a bit more climbing, down by exit 6 for some fast trails and to hit up a few skinnies.

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  • tboke

    I got so lost it was crazy. Super nice trails but no signs, maps, or other riders to be seen. I liked it better than Arcadia. No climbing at all, had me missing my rocky trails in Pennsylvania. Definitely worth a visit.

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  • *****

    Parked in lot on route 3 off exit 6 on 95 RI. Great single track. Fast with some obstacles. Will be back often. Only bad thing is there are a lot of cross trails and they all seem poorly marked. Other then that awesome place to ride.

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  • bmxking45

    Good RI X-country here. Great place to go for all ability levels. Bring a GPS if you dont know your way around because you can get lost if you dont know your way around.

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  • paszko

    love this ride.. great double and single trail with rolling hills and some expert trails

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