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Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web
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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  • 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...  read more »
  • Lincoln Woods State Park is a 620 acre park located in the Blackstone Valley just outside of Providence, RI. It is a popular place to spend the day for sight seeing, nature views , picnicking, boating...  read more »
  • This is family friendly park. It is free entrance. Their lake/beach have ropes and life guard so it is safe for kids. We saw little fish in the water so was exciting for the kids. 
  • 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.
  • 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 Downhill single track riding. well placed kicker, berms, cliff wall ride. The first time was great figuring the place out. The second time was even better once you know the trails. Fastttttt O yeah be careful of the deer....
  • Cool place to go and enjoy a picnic on the lake. Great for hiking, kayaking and Horseback Riding is also an option for $30pp per hour! Water is dirty so I don't recommend going in, but I've never heard of it doing anyone any harm. This place is known to all the Rhode Islanders.
  • Lincoln Woods State Park is a nice spot to go and bike, hike, play games, whatever you like. The Park itself is mostly centered around one large pond and has a 5 mile road that goes around it. About half the loop is one-way, leaving the other side exclusively for biking, walking, etc. The other side where there is two-way traffic can be a bit dangerous to walk with young kids though, so be careful. People travel a bit too fast around those turns to make me feel very safe at points. There is a public use beach and parking for it, as well as sites you can get (for a small fee, we paid only $5 for the day). These make great picnic space and a spot for meeting up with people. There is a boat ramp and horseback riding trails, though I have not looked in to those personally.
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