Arcadia Management Area

Arcadia Management Area Description:
At over 14,000 mostly forested acres, the Arcadia Management Area is the state’s largest recreational area, offering users a great variety of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Co-managed by DEM’s Divisions of Forest Environment and Fish & Wildlife, it is promoted as, and actively managed for hunting, as well as fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, to name a few activities. “Multiple use” management principles apply, assuring a safe and satisfying experience for hunters and non-hunters alike. Miles upon miles of gravel roads and well marked and maintained trails entice hikers to return to a different section each visit. These same trails are often used by mountain bikers or horseback riders so all users need to act responsibly, show courtesy, and “share the road”.

Mountain Biking In Arcadia:
Arcadia Management Area is the largest open space with mountain bike access in the state. It boasts over 14,000 acres of forest with untold amounts of mountain bike trails. Arcadia is
broken into three general areas – Browning Mill, Breakheart Pond and Beach Pond.

Browning Mill is home to the infamous ‘666 Time Trail’ loop, showcasing some of the most technically challenging terrain of Arcadia. This loop will take you through relentless rock
gardens, numerous water crossings, bridges and fast descents. A nice family friendly loop goes around Browning Mill and Roaring Brook Ponds.

Breakheart Pond (aka “Midway Lot”) is the most common staging area for riders and gives access to the majority of Arcadia’s trails, including the long and difficult Enduro and Rock Trails.
The Breakheart Trail is one of most popular trails due to its stunning scenery through the woodlands around the pond. A good ride can take you out to Stepstone Falls and Falls River that
have many waterfalls and rock gardens.

Beach Pond is least ridden area, but is also one of the best for technically advanced riders. The Tippecansett and Deep Pond Trails have rock gardens, rollers, drops and numerous punch
climbs. A good loop for a long day in the saddle will entail Beach Pond, Camp Yawgoo and Green Fall State Park in CT. You can also include Pachaug State Forest into an all day epic ride
that you will not soon forget.

Land Manager Information:
Arcadia is managed by DEM and is very active during the hunting season (orange required) see the link below for their website and other information.
RI DEM - Arcadia

Open Street Maps has the majority of Arcadia mapped and labeled and since this is a base map for most cell phone applications such as RideWithGPS click on the map below to utilize the map.
Alternatively Great Swamp Press has a great printed map for sale.

Parking Areas & Directions:
Directions: 95 to exit 5b. Follow 102 south to the intersection with Rt. 3 and take a right. At the flashing yellow light take a right onto 165 west. Once you pass under the highway watch for the brown sign on the left pointing to Browing Mill pond – our usual event starting point. To ride the north side continue on 165 past the white church. The next right after the white church will bring you to a dirt parking lot.