Walking, Biking and Enjoying the River
With its unusual combination of historic, cultural and natural resources, the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor possesses tremendous opportunities for sightseeing, hiking, boating, bicycling, fishing and other activities. These resources are especially important as the Corridor cuts through some of the most densely populated areas of New England.
Both Rhode Island and Massachusetts have developed State Parks in the Blackstone River Valley. In doing so, the states are working to improve the river’s water quality, to improve access to the river, and to provide information about the corridor, its history and its many cultural and natural resources.
RI DEM currently maintains about 8 miles of riverfront land that now carries the Blackstone River Bikeway. The holding includes 3 ½ miles of river and canal with an intact towpath.
MA DCR owns 1000 acres in Northbridge and Uxbridge, which form the core of its Heritage State Park and includes canal and towpath segments, canal lock remnants and several miles of riverfront property with public access.
Pick up a self-guided Walking Tour of one of the communities in the Corridor and learn more about the history of the Valley and its many unique places. Walking Tour brochures can be picked up at any of the Visitor Centers throughout the Valley.Check the Calendar of Events for guided walks by National Park Service Rangers and other programs offered by Corridor Staff, Partners and Volunteers in Parks.
The Blackstone River Bikeway is currently a work in progress.When completed, this mostly off-road bikeway will extend from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI, with much of the path following the Blackstone River. Currently, a 7-mile stretch along the Blackstone River in Lincoln and Cumberland, Rhode Island and a 2-mile stretch in Millbury, Massachusetts are open and available for recreational use.
Did You Know?
After opening America's first successful textile mill, Samuel Slater also helped establish America's first mill village. Slatersville, in North Smithfield, RI, began operations in 1807. His brother John Slater, who lived in the white house seen here, ran the village for almost 40 years.