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Areas in Arcadia Management Area

"Found" Boulder, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
"Lost" Boulder, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Backwoods Wall, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Breakheart Ledge 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Escoheag 0 / 0 / 0 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Gnome Boulder, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Hudson Boulder, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Mt. Tom 1 / 0 / 5 / 57 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 62
Penny Hill Boulders, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Pussy Boulder, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Riverbed Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
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Arcadia Management Area is RI’s largest Management Area, almost 14 thousand acres, located in the southwest part of the state. It is bisected north and south by Rt 165 and contains areas around Mt. Tom and Escoheag. The area offers a bit of top roping, mainly moderates at Mt Tom'’s Main Wall and the old test piece at the Halloween outcrop, but is mostly a boulderer’s haunt. Much of it is scattered, but some of the best individual boulders of RI are found here, such as the Lost Boulder.
In early RI history Arcadia was a thriving farming community. As you explore the forest, you will find lots of evidence; cellar holes, stonewalls, historical cemeteries, stone cutting and old roads. We can only imagine what boulders were there before they disappeared, split up to make the foundations, hearths and small mills. For an example of the boulder splitting techniques, you should check out the Hudson Boulder and its line of hand drilled holes running through the middle of it for feather and wedges. Thankfully for us, they never finished splitting this one and the holes make a boulder problem. The area’s fields and pastures are now reforested and covered with dirt roads and mountain bike paths.
It is likely that earlier local climbers visited, but by the 1970sand 80s Mt. Tom was certainly getting attention, notably by the Rhody Loadies, who bouldered and TRed lines up to hard 12 and V7. Since then, the highly developed Lincoln Woods pulled most of the attention from South County, but recently a new wave of cleaning and exploration is bringing life back to the area. Excellent new boulders have just recently been found and undoubtedly more are on the way.
Being a multi use Area, climbers will be sharing the woods with hikers, mountain bikers and hunters, so be sure to be respectful, and also wear at least 200 square inches of orange during hunting season.

Getting There

From Providence, go south on Rt 95 to exit 5 to put you on Rt 102 east. This will bring you to Rt 3. Take a right onto Rt 3 south, then a right again onto 165 heading west, crossing back under Rt 95. For parking, see the individual areas.

Great Swamp Press sells a really good map for exploring the area or for mt biking

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M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
A little tour of The Esoheag and Found Boulders from Daniel Blanchette Jan 27, 2017
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
That must be another one that I have not seen yet. The one Chris and I played around on was south of Kenyon Hill Tr. Nov 24, 2015
North Kingstown, RI
Brian   North Kingstown, RI
I climbed on a small cliff off of Meadowbrook trail many years ago. It is not actually in the Carolina Management area. It is on private land just north of Kenyon Hill Trail. That's the only one I know of in that area. Nov 23, 2015
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
Ah, OK, thanks. That is exactly where I was thinking it must be after looking at a topo map. If I finish work early enough today I'll take a run over there and see how it looks for bouldering.

There are a few mini crags like this in the Carolina Management Area along the Meadowbrook tr. Chris Smith Showed me one years ago and we did some highball bouldering there. Rescrubbed up and it would be a decent little local spot. If Chris can remember any names or exact lines (I can't), I'll post them up. Nov 23, 2015
North Kingstown, RI
Brian   North Kingstown, RI
This shows the directions to get there. It also shows routes we led on gear but there are some overhanging potential boulder problems on the left (south) edge of the cliff. A mountain bike is the best way to get there. Nov 23, 2015
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
Interesting. I have scoured pretty well to the south and east of the pond and only found a few very marginal boulders, but have not looked to the NW yet. About how far from the pond is it, if you don't mind? Nov 22, 2015
North Kingstown, RI
Brian   North Kingstown, RI
There is a fairly large (by RI standards) cliff in the woods north west of Breakheart Pond. I would think that boulderers would find it interesting. The crux is finding it. It is much easier to find in the winter than when leaves are on the trees. If you want directions message me.

Nov 22, 2015

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