The Mount Tom Trail is a moderate hike in Exeter, Rhode Island. Part of the Arcadia Management Area in southwestern Rhode Island, it is an Appalachian Mountain Club trail. It is either 4.2 miles or around 5, depending on which route you take.
I took a longer route as suggested by Ken Weber in his famous Weekend Walks in Rhode Island: 40 Trails for Hiking, Birding & Nature Viewing. His suggestion was to start at the Arcadia Check Station and Wood River Canoe Access, then cross paths with the North-South Trail for a loop.
The beauty of the Weber hike is that, unlike other paths, you don’t have to retrace your steps, and you don’t have to walk along busy RI-165 (you only have to cross it twice). You also get to hike and see quite a diversity of landscape.
It took me just over 2 and a half hours, which included one short rest and one short detour (to the cemetery; see below).
It was a gorgeous September morning, perfect for a hike: sunny but not too warm.
Obligatory selfie from one of the highest lookout points:
Best seats in the house:
Rhode Island Historical Cemetery: Exeter #112
Once an old farm site, this meadow leads to a tiny historic graveyard, Exeter #112.
Rowland Rathbun, 1766c–1826. I thought this guy was all alone; it was the only marker I saw in this incredibly overgrown plot. But the Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission database tells us Rowland here has a partner on the grounds, his wife, Freelove Rathbun nee Brown.