The state of Rhode Island owns over 45,000 acres of land – predominantly forestland – that is available for your use and enjoyment year-round. According to a survey by the Ocean State Outdoors, Rhode Islanders participate in the following forest-based recreational activities: nature watching (31%), overnight camping (17%), hiking (14%), horse-back riding (5%), off-road vehicle driving (4%), and hunting (3%). State management areas provide a natural setting for the more passive types of recreation, such as hunting, fishing, and nature study, but private land can also be used for a variety of other activities.

To find information about your preferred activity, visit a link below.


State Parks and Management Areas

  • Find a park, campground, beach, or management area

Hunting Information

  • Information about hunting seasons and regulations; fact sheets for game species

Maps of Local Hikes

  • View the interactive map of hiking areas organized by the the Rhode Island Land Trust Council

Group Hikes

  • Learn about upcoming group hikes organized by “Rhode Island Families in Nature”.


  • View the interactive map of water trails and launching areas prepared by the the Rhode Island Blueways Alliance.


  • Find popular birding sites; view pictures of RI bird sitings

Rhode Island Audubon

  • Learn about conservation and wildlife refuges; join a class or program; become a RI Audubon member


  • Find public and private campgrounds with amenity and contact information

Horseback Riding

  • Find trails, stables, campgrounds, and businesses that support or provide horseback riding experiences

Mountain Biking

  • Rhode Island mountain biking news and updates; find a trail or park

“Visit Rhode Island”

  • Information about all types of recreation, both indoor and outdoor.

South County Tourism Council

  • Information about the many tourism activities in southern Rhode Island