Arcadia State Park

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Arcadia State Park

Rhode Island

(401) 789-3094

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Things To Do


The Arcadia Management Area is the State's largest, with more than 14,000 mostly forested acres offering users a great variety of opportunities for guests to enjoy outdoor recreation. Co-managed by DEM's Divisions of Forest Environment and Fish & Wildlife, the park is managed for hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and other forms of outdoor enjoyment.

Map of Arcadia (RI)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.556894, -71.690598



  • Boating

    Boating is allowed in Breakheart Pond, but not swimming, cooking, or fires.

  • Bicycling

    The park is Mountain Biking accessible.

  • Camping

    Camping for "walk in" guests is available, by permit, at the "Backpack Area", and a shelter is available for overnight rental at the Frosty Hollow Pond Recreation area.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is permitted in Breakheart Pond. Those under 14 years of age are encouraged to fish for trout in the stocked Frosty Hollow Pond, which includes a handicapped accessible fishing platform. Flowing through the heart of the Management Area is the Wood River, also stocked with trout and offers great freshwater fishing experiences available in the state for anglers. Some parts of the river are available to fly fisherman only, and others are "catch and release" only.

  • Hiking

    Hikers are encouraged to take advantage of the miles of gravel roads and well marked and maintained trails.

  • Horseback Riding

    Hiking trails are often used by horseback riders. In effect, users must act responsibly, be courteous, and "share the road".

  • Hunting

    "Multiple use" management principles apply to this park.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is encouraged. Please do not litter.

  • RVing

    Groups of 10 to 75 guests require a Special Use Permit before they enjoy the area. Groups of 75 or more need a Special Event Permit. Contact the Arcadia Management Area Headquarters for permit applications.


New England weather is subject to rapid change. Temperature during the summer is 80-90s, winter 20-40s and spring/fall 50-70s. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes for outdoor activities, based on the season. The park is open year-round, 5 a.m. to sunset, except when actively fishing which is allowed at night. Additional restrictions can also apply to specific areas.



To the Arcadia Headquarters building: From Providence and points north take Interstate Rt. 95 South, to State Route 102 South (exit #5A). Follow 102 south .8 miles to State Route 3 South. Follow 3 south 1.2 miles, and turn right onto State Route 165 West. Follow Route 165 West approximately 1.4 miles to Arcadia Road . Turn left and follow Arcadia Road about 3 miles, turning left at the stop sign. The Management Area Headquarters building will be on your right. You will pass the Browning Mill Pond Recreation Area on your way to the Headquarters.

Phone Numbers


(401) 789-3094