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Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln
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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. 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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  • Beautiful sunny 50 degree perfect day to end a New England weekend vacation. Leaves were beautiful. Quiet, peaceful, breath taking views. Good photos 
  • Great spot for hiking, biking, picnicing, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking. Beautiful in all weather! Only complaint is that park staff really need to ticket people who drive too fast through the ...  more »
  • I was looking for a nice hike somewhere close to the city and this looked good. When I got there I found that the hiking trails were not well marked and couldnt find any trail maps so I just walked al...  more »
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  • Lincoln state wood park has something for everyone. Great place to spend your day. If you are a fitness lover, you can run around a 2.5 mile lap that has a great topography including running around a pond. If you love kayaking, plenty of water to Kayak with minimal of disturbance. Fishing ain't that bad either. If you love to hike trails, there are a few trails that may not be amongst the best but nice for a neighborhood park. There is a field for picnic and all kind of sports. Beach is also good though living in RI spoils you when it comes to rating beaches. Plenty of picnic areas. If you just want to do sightseeing, you can just drive around the park. Great place.
  • We had a family outing there. Very clean. The camp sites are great. The main building near the beach was still under construction so the bathrooms are the portable type -1. Park Rangers keep a good watch on their guests. We saw a slight problem (safety) and within two minutes a ranger was there. I will recommend this to all my friends.
  • Love walking around the park. We walk almost three times per week. I love the scenery, shade and sun along Olney Pond. I really wish some sort of speed control and poop patrol was in place though. That's the only reason they didn't get a 5-start rating was the speeding by cars above the 20mph and dog owners leaving poop bags on the side of the roadway
  • Great park for a variety of activities. This park is easily accessible, has great walking and hiking trails, is good for bouldering, and is pet friendly. The picnic tables are supposed to be by reservation, but are usually available without one - you just may have to move. Also has a beach area with swimming and fields for various sports.
  • I've only been here once looking for a place to hike. The trail I took was almost entirely paved been pretty flat so it was more of a walking trail. There was still some pretty nice views though. I was not there during peak season but there looked like there was a little Beach area. Looking at a map there does appear to be some more wooded trails but I was unable to locate the trailhead the day I was there.