• The Slater Mill (yellow) and Wilkinson Mill (stone), along the Blacktone River in Pawtucket RI

    Blackstone River Valley

    National Heritage Corridor MA,RI

Recreational Sites -RI

Along Goat Hill trail

There are many sites in Rhode Island where you can get out and enjoy the wonderful natural resources of the Blackstone River Valley. Here is a partial listing:

Waterplace Park and River Walk
A four-acre park in the heart of Providence, signage along the River Walk tells of the city’s rise from colonial settlement to the modern day. Several times a year, site of the spectacular “Waterfire” exhibition.

www.waterfire.org

India Point Park
This shoreline park is built over site of former Indiamen docks, where ships left Providence to trade the produce of the Blackstone Valley to China, India and the rest of the world. See the mouth of Blackstone River as it empties into the Providence River and on into Narragansett Bay.

India Street
Providence, RI

Diamond Hill Park
Named for its mile-long face of veined granite quartz, Diamond Hill provides a number of recreation opportunities. The view from the top of Diamond Hill, formerly a small ski slope, is spectacular. There are a number of hiking trails to explore all over the park. Open from sunrise to sunset.

Diamond Hill Road
Cumberland, RI
(401) 728-2400

Monastery
Former Cistercian Monastery now owned by the Town of Cumberland and used as a recreation area and home of the Cumberland Library. Site of Nine Men’s Misery, where nine English soldiers from Pierce’s Fight, a battle in 1676 during the King Philip’s War, were taken and tortured to death by Narragansett warriors. Open sunrise to sunset.

Diamond Hill Road
Cumberland RI
(401) 728-2400
www.cumberlandlibrary.org/monasterypage.htm

 
Concert at Chase Farm

Concert at Chase Farm, Lincoln RI

Chase Farm
This 118-acre dairy farm was active for a century until 1965. Now preserved as a green space it is used for a number of activities such as summer concerts. Also on site is a butterfly garden. Park open from dawn to dusk.

100 Great Road
Lincoln, RI
(401) 333-1100

Lime Rock Preserve
The Lime Rock Preserve is a beautiful and unique habitat that supports more rare plant species than any other site in Rhode Island. Lime Rock Preserve is an excellent place to watch the seasons change, explore walking trails, or look for animals and plants like migrant warblers, raccoons, and trout lilies. The preserve is laced with trails illustrating a wide variety of distinctive New England habitats -- rich woodlands, forested swamps, streams, open water, and calcareous ledges. Open dawn to dusk.

Wilbur Road
Lincoln, RI
www.nature.org/

Blackstone River State Park/ Blackstone River Bikeway
Eight miles of the Blackstone River Bikeway is now open in the towns of Lincoln and Cumberland. Eventually, the Bikeway will run 48-miles from Worcester to Providence. 3.5 miles of the Bikeway run on top of the preserved Blackstone Canal towpath. Bike path open year round dawn to dusk. See link below for directions to trailheads.

(401) 723-7892
www.blackstoneriverbikeway.com/

Lincoln Woods
Over 600 acres available for swimming at the fresh water beach, trout fishing, hiking, jogging, horseback riding, or just relaxing under a shade tree. Direct access from Rt. 146 or off Great Road. Open sunrise to sunset. No admission fee, some use fees apply.

2 Manchester Print Works Road
Lincoln, RI
(401) 723-7892.
www.riparks.com/lincoln.htm

 
Equestrian Stable

Equestrian Stable at Lincoln Woods

RI Audubon Society/ Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge
This 76-acre refuge contains some fine trails. The refuge is also the headquarters for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island that runs an education center here. Open year round, from dawn to dusk.

12 Sanderson Road
Smithfied, RI 02917
(401) 949-5454.
www.asri.org

George Washington Management Area
A 3,000-acre state-managed area for swimming, camping and hiking connected to the 100-acre Casimir Pulaski Memorial Park on the Burrillville-Glocester border. On Rt. 44, 2 miles east of the Connecticut state line. 45 trailers facilities: Primitive tent & trailer campsites in a wooded area overlooking Bowdish Reservoir. Permits issued by the park ranger on a first come, first served basis. CAMPING SEASON: April 11 - October 15.

2185 Putnam Pike
Chepachet RI 02814
(401) 568-2013
www.riparks.com/georgewashcamp.

Buck Hill Management Area
Buck Hill is a 1300-acre site for hunting and hiking, including the 4.7-mile Buck Hill trail. Note – all users of R.I. State Management areas must wear at least 200 square inches of florescent orange between the second weekend of October through the last day of February.

Buck Hill Road
Burrillville, RI
(401) 789-3094

Black Hut Management Area
Black Hut is a 1200-acre site for hunting and hiking. Note – all users of R.I. State Management areas must wear at least 200 square inches of florescent orange between the second weekend of October through the last day of February.

Black Hut Road
Burrillville RI 02830
(401) 789-3094

Did You Know?

Portrait of Samuel Slater.

Samuel Slater, known as the "Father of the American Industrial Revolution," was born in Belper, England in 1768. He arrived in America in 1789 and helped to establish the Slater Mill in 1790. More...