Lincoln Woods State Park

A short ride from Providence, Pawtucket, and Cumberland, Lincoln Woods State Park is a popular getaway for northeastern Rhode Islanders and is one of Blackstone Valley's greatest treasures.

Park visitor sitting atop a large rock overlooking Olney Pond at Lincoln Woods State Park
Lincoln Woods State Park

Nestled between routes 146 and 123, Lincoln Woods State Park is Rhode Island's first state park. The covered bridge at the Breakneck Hill entrance greets parkgoers as they enter the park to enjoy swimming at the freshwater beach, trout fishing, playing ball, hiking, jogging, horseback riding, or just relaxing under a shade tree. Lincoln Woods State Park is one of three Rhode Island State Park locations tested for safe ice during winter. RIPTA's

Park Policies

Trails: The following policies are in place due to the increased use of the horse trails in Lincoln Woods State Park by equestrian and mountain bicycle users, and to balance protect the integrity and character of the trails for equestrian use, protect public safety and minimize conflicts:

  • The horse trails to the west of Quinsnicket Road as identified on the map link below as being Zone "A" shall be used exclusively for equestrian use.
  • Those trails to the east of Quinsnicket Road, as identified on the map linked below as being Zoned "B" shall be multi-use and may be utilized for mountain biking activities.

Little League field reservations will be accepted beginning the first Monday in March. Call the Lincoln Woods State Park office for more details. 

Boating: Motorized boats are NOT allowed on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Boat motors must be less than ten horsepower.

Experiences

  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Road Races
  • Jogging
  • Ice Skating
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Game Fields
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Boating
  • Baseball Fields
  • Swimming
  • Picnicking

Amenities

  • Pet-friendly (leashed dogs)
  • Restroom facilities (May 1 to October 31)
  • Accessible shoreline fishing (Second Saturday in April to Columbus Day)
  • Concessionaire: Sunset Stables
  • Lifeguards on duty 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (seasonally)
Picnic table overlooking Olney Pond at Lincoln Woods State Park

Reserving Space

Scheduling a school visit, planning a field trip or large gathering? Permits are required for use of picnic areas and fields. Please contact the Lincoln Woods State Park office at 401-723-7892. Special Use Policy

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RI Parks Naturalist Program

Explore the wild side of Rhode Island, from jellyfish to earthworms, snakes, and coyotes, to exploring geology, migration, botany, and so much more. RI State Parks' Naturalist Program offers diverse environmental education to people of all ages.

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History of Lincoln Woods State Park (1909)

Anglers fishing from a boat on Olney Pond, Lincoln Woods State Park

Lincoln Woods State Reservation started officially on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, 1909. Named after the 16th President of the United States, Lincoln Woods was acquired by purchase, gift, and condemnation of farmland and woodlots of the Olney, Arnold, Comstock, and Mitchell families of the Salyersville, Lonsdale, and Quinsnicket areas of Lincoln. Over the years since, Lincoln Woods has grown to 627 acres, which now rim the pond and include playing fields to the south. The facilities have grown and improved to include changing rooms for the swimmers, a snack bar, nature barn, and park administrative and maintenance facilities. With bridle and hiking trails throughout, the basic feature besides Olney Pond which also caters to fishing and boating including swimming, is a circumferential road favored by walkers and bicycle riders. In 1977, the swimming area was dedicated as the Frank Moody State Beach.

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