When you live in a state as beautiful as ours, it’s easy to take places for granted – and even as small as Little Rhody is – miss a few spots. Each month local tastemaker and world traveler Ingrid Brown will focus on a stay-local destination. Some places you might be familiar with and others you may not. Either way, you’re sure to be motivated to take a daytrip and explore!
Fall is one of my favorite seasons here in beautiful Little Rhody. People travel from all over the country and beyond to enjoy our magnificent scenery during autumn – and lucky for us, we live here. The star of the show is of course the leaves: the different shapes, the way they change to gold and red, how the light dances between them to cast fun shadows – it’s the most magical thing to witness. Here are my top spots to leaf-peep, whether it’s by car, bike, or on foot!
Goddard Memorial State Park in East Greenwich is known for its beautiful fields and lawns, 18 miles of bridal trails, a nine-hole golf course, and more, but tree species from all over the world make this a leaf-enthusiast’s must-go. With over 300 picnic tables, it’s the perfect spot for a small family gathering – but I prefer a blanket on the grass!
Lincoln Woods State Park is especially beautiful during autumn, and packing our strollers, bikes, and scooters for a day of meandering its paved paths has become a fall tradition. Be sure to find the covered bridge at the Breakneck Hill entrance for photos worth framing.
Looking for leaves? The 5,000 trees of Roger Williams Park in Providence make it a stunner. Favorite spots are the Iron Bridge and the Big Lake Trails where you can find different-shaped and -colored leaves, including Sugar Maple, Silver Maple, and Sumac. Download a map online at RWPConservancy.org and have yourself a scavenger hunt!
What’s better than leaf peeping by the water? Warwick City Park & Buttonwoods Beach offer both. Do the three-mile loop and halfway through you’re at the water’s edge. There’s also a playground for kids, making this an ideal spot for an all-ages outing.