The Best Mountain Bike Trails in the Northeast, City-by-City

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.

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