You might know Providence as the Creative Capital with attractions like WaterFire, RISD Museum and the Providence Performing Arts Center – but did you know there are a number of hiking trails within 10–25 minutes of the city?

Nature attractions and outdoor destinations are quickly becoming a hot search for travelers, and Providence, Rhode Island might be a best kept secret with a number of trails to add to your outdoor itinerary.

Here are the best hikes near Providence and everything you need to know about hitting the trails:

Lincoln Woods Trail

Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln, Rhode Island

Lincoln Woods State Park

Lincoln Woods State Park is only 12 minutes from the city, with 627 acres of outdoor space to explore. Make a day of it by packing a lunch and stopping at one of the many picnic tables along the trail!

Hiking tip: There are many intersecting trails in Lincoln Woods State Park with very few trail signs. Download the AllTrails map for easy offline navigation and to stay on the right trail.

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Lincoln Woods Trail📍Lincoln, Rhode Island

🥾 3.1 mile loop, many intersecting trails

🐕 Dogs allowed

🚘 Free Parking

🚾 Restrooms (May 1 to Oct 31)

🎣 Multi-use park: Picnicking, Swimming, Fishing, Boating, Horseback Riding, Bouldering, Mountain Biking, Hiking & more

🛑 Leave no trace & pack out your trash. Please don’t feed wildlife. Be aware of ticks.

This hiking trail is a part of an ongoing series of the Best Hikes Near Providence, Rhode Island with GoProvidence and local hiking content creator, Meredith Ewenson.

Follow @goprovidence and @meredithewenson to be the first to hear as we release the next hiking trails in the series!

Goddard Memorial State Park Trails

Goddard Memorial State Park, Warwick, Rhode Island

Goddard Park

Goddard Memorial State Park is just 25 minutes south of Providence in Warwick and the perfect place to hike and spend the day if you want to get out of the city, but not travel too far.

This quintessential Rhode Island trail offers both water views and a variety of wooded trails to explore, plus all the amenities of the state park – for free!

Hiking tip: Download and follow AllTrails route maps to make navigating this trail really easy (signage is very limited).

Red Trail (1.4 miles)

Extended Loop Trail (3.7 miles)

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Goddard Memorial State Park Trails📍Warwick, Rhode Island

🥾 1.4 mile or 3.7 mile loop, but with lots of intersecting trails

👩🏼‍🦽Miles of ADA & Stroller-friendly paved paths around the park

🐕 Dogs allowed

🌊 Water views for part of the trail

🚘 Free Parking

🚾 Restrooms

🐴 Multi-use park: Picnic Tables, Game Fields, Concerts, Golf, Beach, Equestrian Center, Hiking Trails & more

🛑 Leave no trace & pack out your trash. Please don’t feed wildlife. Be aware of ticks!

This hiking trail is a part of an ongoing series of the Best Hikes Near Providence, Rhode Island with GoProvidence and local hiking content creator, Meredith Ewenson.

Follow @goprovidence and @meredithewenson to be the first to hear as we release the next hiking trails in the series!