Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln

#6 of 14 in Nature in Rhode Island
Lincoln Woods State Park is a 627acre state park surrounding Olney Pond in the town of Lincoln, Rhode Island, northwest of Pawtucket. The park is known for its many giant glacial boulders and the stony nature of its terrain which prevented most of the parkland from being used as farmland or for other development.HistoryNamed in honor of President Abraham Lincoln, the park traces its origins to the state's purchase of Quinsnicket Pond and 71 additional acres in 1908. It had its official founding on the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, February 12, 1909. Until the 1940s, the park was popularly known as Quinsnicket, a faux Indian name commonly said to mean something like The Domain of Many Rocks. Quinsnicket was actually a name invented by white settlers, and the original Indian name for the area was Caucaunjaivatchuck.Activities and amenitiesThe park offers a freshwater beach, extensive picnicking facilities, trails for equestrians, mountain bikers, snowmobilers, and hikers, boating, ice skating, and fishing areas and game fields. Canoe rentals, kayak rentals and kayaking lessons are offered by a concessionaire. The park is also known for bouldering, a type of rock climbing that does not utilize ropes or harnesses.In popular cultureThe park was a favorite haunt of the author H.P. Lovecraft, who spent summer days walking in the park and writing long letters recording vivid accounts of the park's landscape and ambiance. In 2011, part of the film Moonrise Kingdom was filmed at the park.
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  • The Park is easily accessible, has parking, and is pretty big, like we were at the end of the day we take many, we find many people walking, making families picnic with fire, a lot of kids, and we came to a beautiful dam, very clean and quiet place We want to go back.
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  • Beautiful spot that’s 20 minutes from Providence that’s free and ideal for walking or running. It’s 2.5 mile around, and there’s a small pond/swimming beach. Good amount of parking. Not much lighting ...  more »
  • I love to walk around the lake. There are always lots of people walking too. If you walk as often as I do you meet many of the same people every day.  more »

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