What’s So Big About The Littlest State In The Union?

istock_000003363536xsmallThe answer to this question lies in the unique natural beauty and traditions of Rhode Island. This big little state is brimming with magnificent natural landscapes, and traditions that date back to the early foundational years of the United States.

The Beauty Within
No matter what season you decide to visit Rhode Island you’ll be met with unmatched scenery. There are many places set aside in Rhode Island exclusively for the preservation of its natural landscape. Yellow Dot trail is one of numerous systems of trails that comprise over 30 miles of scenic country in Rhode Island.

Yellow Dot trail is the major trail system that runs through the Arcadia Management area. All trails within the system are marked by yellow blazes so there’s never any doubt as to where you are. Located throughout Yellow Dot are natural fireplaces, wooden picnic tables, backpack camping areas and overnight shelters. The trails wrap around two serene ponds that are absolutely stunning from a high mountain vantage point. As you walk along you’ll see thickets of native rhododendrons, mountain laurel, and at the highest point, towering pines. Be sure to bring a camera along so you can capture some of the beauty on film.
There are 12 strategically located parking areas around the management area, and the trail segments run from 1.6 to 9.6 miles long. The hike is relatively easy, and the average adult can usually walk along 1 mile of trail within a 30 minute time frame.

Carrying On The Tradition

Rhode Island was one of the first farming communities in the New World. The farming history dates back to the 1600’s when the Native Americans in the area shared their farming talents with the first settlers. This farming tradition lives on still, and many of the farms welcome guests who want to have a little taste of history.

The Dame Farm is a working farm still run by several generations of the Dame family. The buildings located on this historic farm have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The farm is dedicated to the rural way of life that all Rhode Islanders once took part in. There are natural trails that run throughout the farm and educational displays developed by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

The Coggeshall farm is a coastal farm from the 1790’s. This working farm has early breeds of livestock and many beautiful gardens and out buildings.
Mount Hope Farm is also on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a truly beautiful piece of Rhode Island’s farming and beauty all in one. Meadows, streams, pastures, trails, and ponds coupled with historic buildings is what makes this farm a magnificent place to visit.

Other farms located in this big little state include Prescott Farm, Watson Farm, and Casey Farm, just a few.