WELCOME TO THE WILLIAM C. O’NEILL BIKE PATH!

Welcome to South County’s William C. O’Neill Bike Path, one of the premiere paths in the North East. The path was formerly called, and is still frequently referred to as the South County Bike Path. Presently, the path is 7 miles in length but when completed, it will be approximately 8 miles. From the Kingston train station, the path follows the easement of the old Narragansett Pier Railroad passing through the villages of Peace Dale, Wakefield, and Narragansett and will end near the Narragansett Town Beach.

Length: 7 miles paved, possible 8 miles total. On-road routes needed to reach shore.

Grade: Gentle hill in middle of trail from Kingston Station to Peace Dale. The Peace Dale to Wakefield section has moderate ups and downs throughout. A switchback built where an old trestle was removed requires great caution.

Trail Condition: Excellent. Eastern 1-mile segment opened in July 2011

Special Characteristics: This path served as a rail spur from the main line to Narragansett Beach. It begins at historic Kingston Station and passes through sections of the Great Swamp. It then connects to Peace Dale and Wakefield, passing many commerical areas as it makes its way into Narragansett.

Natural Attractions Nearby: Wildlife observation, hiking and paddling in Great Swamp Management Area, Tri-Pond Park and Saugatucket River, recreation fields, beach with swimming at Narragansett Town Beach.

Historical Attractions Nearby: Kingston Station, Kingston village, main street area of Wakefield, South County Museum, art galleries.

Services Nearby: Shops, restaurants, grocery stores, schools, college, library, bike shop.

Directions: From Route 95, take Exit 9 to Rte. 4 south. Follow until junction with Route 1 south. Follow to Rte. 138 west. Pass University of Rhode Island, look for signs for Kingston Station. Trail begins from back of parking lot. Alternative is Rte. 4 south to Rte. 2 south to Rte. 138 east to Kingston Station.

Bike Path RulesBike Path Rules

  1. The Bike Path is open for public use from dawn to dusk.
  2. Weather Permitting, bicycling, walking, jogging, and roller blading are permitted.
  3. Obey all traffic rules and signs:
    • Ride on the right in single file.
    • Walk, job and skate on the left side, facing oncoming bicyclists.
    • Use proper hand signals.
  4. Warn others of your intentions – verbal notification is required when passing others.
  5. Wear protective equipment.
  6. Walk your bike across curbs and intersecting streets.
  7. Dogs must be on a leash that is a maximum of six feet in length and must be controlled in accordance with regulations noted in the Town Code under Chapter 3. Animal and Fowl, Article II.
  8. Remember the bike path is off limits to horses and all unauthorized motorized vehicles.
  9. Alcoholic beverages and glass containers are not allowed.
  10. Snow and ice will not be routinely removed from the bike path due to liability concerns. Cross country skiing will be permitted when the bike path has adequate snow cover.
  11. Snowmobiles are prohibited.
  12. The bike path can be used for non-competitive community events under specific stipulations authorized by the South Kingstown Parks and Recreation Commission.

Please contact that South Kingstown Parks and Recreation Department at 401.789.9301 for additional information.

 

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