For those on the hunt for their next outdoor adventure in Rhode Island, look no further than Lincoln Woods State Park. This fantastic park covers 627 acres of the natural landscape, with the centerpiece being the 128-acre Olney Pond. There are recreational opportunities for all in Lincoln Woods State Park, from paddling, fishing, and swimming in the lake to donning some hiking boots and hitting the trails. The park is also popular for horse and bike riders, and it well known for its collection of unique rock formations, which are great for climbing.
Lincoln Woods State Park sits in the Blackstone River Valley, and is an easy drive from the nearby city of Providence, making it a big draw for those that search for an RV in Providence County. Surrounding the park are a number of campgrounds, attractions, and nearby towns such as Pawtucket, Smithfield, and Johnston.
The state park is often frequented by horse riders due to the number of equestrian-friendly trails. There are also many hiking trails that are popular with dog walkers who are renting an RV in the area, with a particularly well-trodden trail being the 2.5-mile loop around the lake where one side is for joggers and the other for walkers. From this path, there are also a number of other trails that wind their way into the woods, where you have a good chance of spotting some of the local wildlife. Once you've done walking, there are plenty of places to sit down with a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenic surroundings.
Lincoln Woods State Park is also well known for its bouldering, a type of rock climbing that does not utilize a rope or a harness. It is an attractive destination for groups of mixed abilities with boulders of varying difficulty, many of which are just a short walk from the main path. Many of the sites are adjacent to each other, allowing climbers to go from boulder to boulder with ease. The 'Great Slab/Wave,' the 'Ship's Prow,' and the 'Iron Cross Boulder' are some of the most iconic spots, with people coming from miles around to go state park RV camping and try their hand on the rocks.
Providence campers can also enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and relaxing on the freshwater beach. The water doesn't get deep too quickly, which makes it a good spot for families with children. For those that enjoy water sports, SUPs, canoeing is all available, either by renting gear at the boathouse or bringing your own. There is a boat ramp for easy loading of board and boats, making it the perfect place for outdoor adventure.
Camping at Lincoln Woods State Park
One of the nearest places to go camping at Lincoln Woods State Park is Family Acres Campground, where every weekend local bands play on the beach. Start a fire and sit back and relax with family and friends, as each site comes with a private fire pit and picnic table. Campers and RVs of all sizes are welcome, and there are electric, water, and sewage connections available. There are clean bathrooms and shower facilities, and the kids love making use of the games room. Additionally, there is an adult’s area with darts, pool table, jukebox, and more, making it very popular for those that want to book an RV in Providence County.
Nearby Echo Lake also has a good campground for motorhome camping, situated on the westerly shore of the lake. With 3,000 feet of lakefront, this is a very picturesque place to spend the night. Sites come with either just electrical or electrical and water hookups depending on your needs. There are also modern restrooms, laundry facilities, a boat ramp, a dump station, picnic tables, and a range of other amenities.
Exploring the Area
In the nearby city of Providence, you will find Benefit Street, which is also often known as the 'Mile of History.' The street is a steep hill that rises from the river to the Brown University campus and lining the street are a number of architectural gems. At the end of the street, there are beautiful Federal period homes, while further up you'll come across stunning Victoria and Arts and Crafts style buildings, each with their own story to tell. Along the way, you'll find the Governor Stephen Hopkins's House and the John Brown House.
No matter what kind of art you are a fan of, the RISD Museum of Art should be on your must-visit list when you have a Providence camper rental. The museum is home to a huge collection of art from a range of different styles, such as French Impressionist and Japanese Prints. There is also a range of needlework and textiles, videos, furnished Federal-style rooms, priceless collections, and so much more.
Roger Williams Park and Zoo is a great place for the whole family to visit. The park covers 345 acres and is home to many attractions such as the 1773 Betsy Williams Cottage, trackless train rides, greenhouses, amphitheater, and lake. However, one of the biggest draws is the 40-acre zoo, one of the oldest in the country. The zoo is largely cage-free, and you'll have the chance to see creatures such as elephant, zebra, snow leopard, kangaroo, and red panda, to name a few.