1972 Volkswagen Westfalia “Sweet Pea”
1972 Volkswagen Westfalia “Sweet Pea”
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The city of Cranston is located in Providence County, Rhode Island, just under four miles from the Providence River and 10 miles from Warwick. It’s part of the metropolitan area of Providence. While the city itself is fairly built up, the surrounding area is brimming with recreational activities which are tucked away inside of gorgeous national forests and pleasing state parks. Along Highway 10, Cranston is easy to reach with one of the many RV rentals in Providence County. The city sits between Interstate 95 and Interstate 295, only six miles from Rhode Island’s state capital.
The first place to take your motorhome rental near Cranston is the Pachuag State Forest. It encompasses a total of six towns and covers an area of nearly 27,000 acres which is split into two main areas; the Chapman Area and the Green Falls Area. In both areas, there are many miles of drivable roads as well as numerous trails which are suitable for hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and motorbiking. The Chapman Area hosts a 58-mile motorbike trail which traverses the forest on public roads and woodland tracks. Popular hikes in The Green Falls Area are the Narragansett and Green Falls trails, plus the Nehantic and Pachuag trails which cover both areas of the state forest. There are swimming and boating facilities available in the Green Falls Area at Voluntown.
Snake Den State Park is just 11 miles from Cranston, in Johnston, and is an excellent spot for all the family to visit. The 1,000 acres of land which surround the property offers pleasant walks in charming gardens. The park sits next door to Dame Farm which is fully operational. Continuing farther northwest in your Cranston luxury RV rental you can visit the Douglas State Forest which straddles the border of Rhode Island and Connecticut. The park is open all year from sunrise to sunset and offers opportunities for boating, hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and more. The park’s best feature is the boardwalk which passes through rare Atlantic White Cedar Swamp.
If you're ready for a long drive you can take your Cranston travel trailer rental 170 miles northwest to the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont or 190 miles north to the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. Both offer a plethora of hiking, cycling, and horseback riding trails, as well as canoeing and kayaking, swimming, winter sports, and scenic byways. The parks also host sections of the long distance of the Appalachian Trail, plus multiple mountain peaks and protected wilderness areas. In the Green Mountain National Forest, Grout Pond Recreation Area is an excellent spot for paddling, camping, and hiking, however, some of the forestry roads are closed from mid-December through to May. White Mountain National Forest has three main driving routes. Weeks Act Legacy Driving Tour makes a 100-mile loop of the White Mountains region, stopping at 40 points of interest. Other popular routes with breathtaking views include the White Mountain Trail and the Kancamagus Scenic Byway.
Although there aren’t many RV parks located in Cranston you can find comfortable places to park your RV rental near Cranston without driving into the wilderness. Ginny B Campground is about 20 miles out of town and offers sites with electricity and water. Restroom and shower facilities are on site and there is a golf course nearby.
Hickory Ridge Campground is a 30-minute drive west of Cranston and offers sites with full hookups. The park features a pond, a variety of campsite settings, restrooms, and a swimming pool.
Brialee RV & Tent Park is about 50 miles west near Ashford. This is a family-friendly camping area with an on-site freshwater beach, swimming pool, mini golf course, a splash pad, and many activities for both kids and adults. The campground is also pet-friendly and even has its own pet beach.
Old Holbrooke Place offers family camping spot in Sutton, 15 miles south of Worcester. The campground is small and clean with direct access to Manchaug Pond. It’s the perfect place to relax on your RV rental vacation in Province County.
When you’ve finished exploring the great outdoors you’ll have to return your Cranston motorhome rental. Don’t forget to see the city before going home.
Some of the top things to see and do on a visit to Cranston include stopping by the Roger Williams Park Zoo, which is particularly beautiful in the fall. The Garden City Center is a popular spot for shoppers. The center has over 60 stores including handmade craft stores, unique boutiques, and family-run businesses. It’s a lovely place to grab a bite to eat. Visitors can find a selection of eateries and even a whole foods store.
You can also head to the town of Providence for an evening of entertainment at the Providence Performing Arts Center, or browse inspiring artworks at Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art. There are activities which all the family can enjoy when you rent an RV in Cranston.