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Active Fun

Get some exercise and see the sights of South County


Hiking, Biking
 and Camping

Only some of Big River Management area’s 8,300 acres have been mapped and named, so there are a lot more trails waiting out there to be discovered. Off Rt. 3, West Greenwich. 401-789-0281

As the state’s largest recreational area (14,000 acres), Arcadia Management Area features plenty of trails, including the Ben Utter trail, a 3.4-mile hike that ends at a small waterfall, and the Breakheart Loop, a 6.3-mile trail that winds around a pond. 260 Arcadia Rd., Hope Valley. 401-539-2356,

Burlingame State Campground’s 3,100 acres boast 755 campsites, 11 cabins and the Vin Gormley trail, an 8.5-mile loop running around a pond. In addition, the Audubon society’s nearby Kimball Wildlife sanctuary, a 29-acre property, has trails connecting to the campground. Rt. 1, Charlestown. 401-322-7994,

The 230-acre John H. Chafee Nature Preserve features undeveloped stretches of shoreline, a seasonal seal population and a 2.5-mile hike that ends at a beach looking toward the Jamestown Bridge. Boston Neck Rd., North Kingstown. 401-884-2010 (call Goddard Memorial Park office for info),

Narragansett’s Fisherman’s Memorial Park provides recreation, tree-lined paths, fishing areas and campgrounds just minutes from several state beaches. 1101 Point Judith Rd. 401-789-8374,

Nestled among 50 acres of towering pines, Whispering Pines Campground offers a true outdoor experience, but still boasts plenty of amenities like recreational activities, fishing, an on-site store and the always-precious hot showers. 41 Saw Mill Rd., Hope Valley. 401-539-7011,

For the truly ambitious, the 77-mile North-South Trail starts at the Atlantic Ocean in southernmost Westerly and runs the entire length of the state to the Massachusetts border, passing through eight state wildlife management areas along the way.

Guided Tours

Narragansett Bikes boasts a top selection of gear, as well as rentals and a full calendar of group rides and classes. 922 Boston Neck Rd. 401-782-4444,

Coastal Biking Adventures arranges multi-day luxury bike trips around the area that can include wine tastings, lighthouse tours, nature hikes and more. 36 Gibson Ave., Narragansett. 401-783-0529,

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