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.
- Find a park, campground, beach, or management area
- Information about hunting seasons and regulations; fact sheets for game species
- View the interactive map of hiking areas organized by the the Rhode Island Land Trust Council
- 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
- 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
- Find trails, stables, campgrounds, and businesses that support or provide horseback riding experiences
- Rhode Island mountain biking news and updates; find a trail or park
- Information about all types of recreation, both indoor and outdoor.
- Information about the many tourism activities in southern Rhode Island