Best Bike Trails in Providence / Warwick

Mountain biking in Rhode Island? You bet! Within 25 miles of Providence, RI there are literally dozens of quality mountain bike trails, including these five top-rated trails.

Village Park / Abrams Rock

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Village Park / Abrams Rock is actually located in Massachusetts, but it’s still a popular after-work riding spot for Providence residents. Although there are only about five miles of trails in the park, Singletracks reviewers point out there are easily enough trails and man-made features to keep riders entertained for a couple hours.

Big River

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For mountain bikers looking to put together a long ride, Big River doesn’t disappoint, with about 35 miles of trails to choose from. Located just west of Warwick and not too far from Providence, the Big River trails offer something for everyone, from beginners to advanced riders. While the trails are reportedly well-maintained, bring a GPS or a friend to avoid getting lost.

Vietnam Trails

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The Vietnam Trails have been a go-to trail destination for area mountain bikers for more than a decade, owned and maintained by NEMBA. In fact, the club purchased the land for these trails in 2003 in one of the first cases of a mountain bike club purchasing land for trails. The network is located in Milford, MA, just barely outside a 25-mile radius of Boston.

Diamond Hill State Park

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The trails at Diamond Hill State Park are also maintained by NEMBA, and are located near Cumberland, RI in the far northeastern corner of the state, directly north of Providence. Diamond Hill offers decent descents, along with a mix of XC trails and fire roads. True to its New England location, riders should expect to encounter plenty of rocky terrain.

Lincoln Woods

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Lincoln Woods is another classic Rhode Island trail system that’s been drawing Providence mountain bikers for more than a decade. The park is known for its rock features, flowing trails, and short, steep descents. Finding the best stuff can be tricky for first-time visitors, with about 10 miles of trails to explore.

Next up: Ottawa, Ontario.

# Comments

  • PGH Rider

    Just an FYI for the Pittsburgh section of your article. PORC stands for Pittsburgh Off Road Cyclists. Your link takes you to Pittsburgh Offroad which is a motorized mud bogging/lift kit type of group. Additionally, PORC does not as a group build or maintain trails in Pittsburgh (maybe as volunteers for other other groups or illegally). The main groups that build and maintain trails are Trail Pittsburgh (http://trailpittsburgh.org/), the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy(https://www.rachelcarsontrails.org/), Allegheny Land Trust, Hollow Oak Land Trust, Allegheny County Parks, and the Mount Washington CDC. If you need help reporting on Pittsburgh mountain biking in the future, please let me know.

    • Jeff Barber

      Good catch on the URL and thanks for the shout out to other groups in the area!

  • kevindsingleton

    Two more excellent Pittsburgh singletracks are the Bavington trail, in Hillman State Park, near Burgettstown (southwest of Pittsburgh, search for “Haul Road Trailhead”), and the trails at Brady’s Run Park, in Beaver County, a little north of the airport.

  • juarez

    Cool article!
    It’s great to see other people writing about our quiet, humble riding area (Ottawa-Gatineau).

    Of course it’s FAT season here now. We have some crazy good shared single track is 2 riding areas, plus Kanata, Larose, and city trails.

    You can learn more about our fat riding areas here:

    Our local networks are growing by leaps and bounds too. Advocacy over the last 10 years is paying off and our Gatineau Park Trail Network will be growing exponentially as previously limited bike access is increased overall rate next 5 years.

    And we have a brand new riding area called Larose Forest that is multi-use, purpose machine built flow trail. Larose has BIG plans to expand and local riders love the first beginner and intermediate trails that are now open. (Did I mention how FUN these trails are?) The Larose management team has a BIG vision for the area.

    Larose Forest Primer:

    Have fun everywhere.


  • Downhill Mike

    Also got to add Durham Forest, Dagmar, Walker Woods and Glen Major. Its all can be connected together by bike in one day and easily has over 100km of singletrack.

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