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Big River Area

Average Rating:    (4.32 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 19

A fun place to ride with a group. There are all skill levels but it's a good place for a beginner to learn. A lot of banked turns and whoop di do's, the kind of place that a fast group can have a blast. It is owned by the water dept. and was supposed to be developed as a resevoir but was stoped for enviromental reasons. That being the case it is not well managered. You will see a lot of trash by the fire roads but the single track is fun. Next time you are on a group ride try it instead of Acadia.
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Latitude
41.52631473115636
Longitude
-71.68819427490234
Trail Directions
Near intersection of 95 and route 3. If your are going north on rt 3. There is a sign and road on the right just before you get to 95.
Trail Length
miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Exeter RI
   


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Review Date
November 4, 2012

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Rhonda ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Please let your readers know that it is not cool to ride your bikes during Hunting Season on legal land. Not only is it dangerous, but it distrupts our way of life.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Arcadia



Comments
JSumner13 (08/21/2013)
This review should be deleted. Ridiculous.
phanney (06/15/2014)
Rhonda, please let your hunter friends know that this is an area open to everyone, even during hunting season. Everyone I know, riders and hikers, wear the required 200 sq. inches of blaze orange.

What is your "way of life" that is being disrupted? Irresponsible hunting? Sheesh.
Rhodyman (11/21/2015)
I agree with JSumner and phanney. "Rhonda's" post is of no value to mountain bikers using this forum to see trail reviews. I'm not sure why she even visited the site seeing that she obviously doesn't ride. I just returned from a ride at Big River and my group as well as all the other riders I saw were wearing required orange. By the way, I give Big River 5 stars!!
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Review Date
January 9, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: kevinrod1983 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
yesterday i rode this place and is was just awesome! if you like just going full bore out on a trail then this place is like a bmx race track. not sure where i was going or how i got there but i didn't care... even when we were trying to go home. some tough climbs, rock gardens, and more whoopties then anywhere iv'e ever seen. top five in my 40min. drive trails.



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Review Date
July 21, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: magdaddy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
quite simply, the BEST riding in the area. I vacationed there again last week-second time in the Narraganset area. Last time I rode Arcadia South, and Burlingame. This time, Arcadia North-not real different-I think I was on some of the same trails as before, and Big River.

Big River has it ALL! It's got the aforementioned berms-ala roller coaster or pump track, it's got very sweet flowing singletrack, and it has awesome rock garden tech sections.It also has as much climbing as anyone could want. Significant trail development has gone on there in the last few years, I was told.

I am a tourist there, and I was treated with friendship, courtesy, and respect. Hook up with Nemba when in the area. They have rides on Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday...Thursday being at Big River. Have somebody from the club be the ride leader, because there's hidden sweetness in those woods.

Two GREAT local shops are Narraganset Bikes, and W.E. Steadman in Wakefield. Both shops will go out of their way to hook you up with a ride.

Those shops, as well as the two dozen or so Nemba club members I meet there, are a great credit to the sport. Really a great group, I can't wait to go back!

Recommended Route:
Hook up with Nemba, get into the group you can ride at...relaxed, intermediate, or advanced...and CRANK!



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Review Date
June 8, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: ZABOOZKY ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
As the previous posts state Big River is faster, easier & not as tech as Arcadia, so it can be a nice change. One of the great aspects of Big River in the summer is that you can connect up with some trails around Carrs Pond, get in a quick swim and hang by the water while you suck down your Cliff bar in this oppresive heat.


What I haven't seen in any of the other posts is talk of the trails off the right side of the road. The trail network on the right side is slower, more tech with some steep hairy little climbs & decents that can sneek up on you. These trails can take you all the way to the white fire station about 3 mile sounth down Rte3.

Recommended Route:
To get to Carrs Pond follow the trails off the left side of the road, when you hit the 2nd. newly paved road take a left past a DEM red bar. Couple 40-100 feet past the bar look for a steep uphill to the right, at the top you should see a cemetary across the street, enter to the right of the cemetary then follow the single track to the left behind the graves. The trails off the right side of the road are way to confusing to give directions to, but you can only go so far west till you'll hit Rte3, and south to the fire station isn't that far, plus it's an easy ride if you end up lost down there. Give the rigth side a try, it's a HOOT!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Arcadia, park at the White church on Rte165, or the lot 1/8 mile past, and head out behind the white church or across Rte165 to the Mt.Tom trail area.



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Review Date
May 26, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: OwMyNads ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Do you come here often? Why not? What's not to like? Like many others have said, the whoop-de-dos, berms, up-n-down nature of the trail make for a really nice flow. I've never found myself lost, as you always dump out on some road (I like the one with the 17 mph speed limit, particularly). Fairly new to mtb, these trails have been kind to my lack of skills, while still getting technical enough at times to allow me to build some. For my more advanced buds, this is an awesome opportunity to let it fly. And don't listen to the people who diss the mud! This is black gold! Come down a hill and around a quick turn and take on some of those puddles on a hot summer day. Getting messy is what its all about!

Oh, and I didn't get this nick by accident- get yourself a thudbuster if you're going in there. Some rock gardens and babyheads that'll whack your nutsack like a speedbag if you don't have something to dampen the shock.

Hardtail!

-OwMyNads

Recommended Route:
Try some of the various loops if you enter the left-hand side of Burnt Sawmill Road. Take your time and try to get lost, once you have established routes down. Be careful- there are some cliffs back there that come up on you pretty fast if you're not aware of them. Don't want to go huckin' by accident!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Try Arcadia (go down Arcadia Rd on the left, just past the main entrance) Management Area. Park near the pond and head south on Arcadia Rd. and there's an path on the left near the Tomaquag Beaver sign. That's a great trail to start off on.



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