Lincoln Woods State Park is popular with thousands of visitors each year, especially with Providence residents. It is just a few miles north of downtown Providence in the town of Lincoln, Rhode Island.
The 627-acre park surrounds 128 acre Olney Pond, with Barney Pond east. Picnicking facilities provide 2 shelters, 92 picnic sites, 176 tables, 134 fireplaces, and rest rooms. The park provides bathhouses, three recreation fields, fishing and boating facilities. Activities include baseball, hiking, horseback riding, jogging. During winter there is ice-skating, ice fishing, with three miles of winter snowmobile trails.
The attraction of Olney Pond is boating and fishing. Two freshwater beaches have a lifeguard on duty in season 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Eastern Mountain Sports Kayak School offers rentals and lessons at Lincoln Woods State Park. Rentals of canoe kayak and stand up paddleboards are available.
The pond has a 10 horsepower limit on outboard motors with all motors prohibited on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Ponds are stocked with trout several times a year.
The park has hiking trails, six miles of horse trails, and mountain bike trails. Specific trails are designated exclusively for equestrian use to prevent undesirable interaction with other users.
The park was named in honor of President Abraham Lincoln. Seventy-one acres and Olney Pond were initially purchased by the state in 1908 from the Stephen H. Smith family for $3,000. It was tree-lined fields with springs along a stream with scattered giant boulders. Over the years it has grown to its present size of 627 acres, with its growth initiating greater facilities and activities.
Lincoln Woods State Park
2 Manchester Print Works Road,
Lincoln, Rhode Island
April 15-September 16
Sunrise to sunset, year round
There is no entrance fee but parking fees when applicable. The parking lot has 40 spaces with Overnight parking is prohibited.
There are fees for facility rental, game fields, little field rental, and boat rentals.
Lincoln is a town of 21,105 population that has Lincoln Woods State Park within its town. It was settled in the 17th century with the Hassaquansett tribe originally inhabiting the area. Money Magazine named Lincoln 63rd of its “Best Places to Live”.
Providence is the capital of Rhode Island and third largest city in the New England area. It is the 37th largest city in the country with a population of 182,042. Pawtucket a city of 71,148 is the fourth largest city in the state. It is 4 miles southeast of Lincoln Woods State Park.
Lincoln Woods State Park is a 6 hour drive of 381 miles from Rochester NY. Drive east on I-90 past Albany through Massachusetts to Boston then US 95 south to Pawtucket. Then exit onto route 146 drive north to Lincoln Woods State Park.
One visitor gave the following assessment.
“Runners, walkers and hikers all love "the woods". It is a gem located in a very peaceful setting in Lincoln.”