Blackstone River Greenway (RI)

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The Blackstone River Greenway (previously known as the Blackstone River Bikeway) represents a big undertaking in this tiny state: The 11.8-mile trail running between Woonsocket and the outskirts of Pawtucket is the largest open segment on a nearly 50-mile corridor that will eventually connect Providence to Worcester, Massachusetts.

A restored drive-in movie theater sign featuring the trail's name greets you at the trail's current south end on John Street in Lonsdale. From the start, you'll be treated to many picturesque scenes of the wide, churning Blackstone River and the placid, historic canal. After a mile, you'll cross over the Pratt Dam on a six-span bridge, which sits atop the original railroad piers and abutment.

Beyond the dam, the trail turns right and continues north (the path leading straight ends at a parking lot). Northbound toward the village of Ashton, the trail alternately follows and parallels the historical canal towpath. Keep an eye out for a large brick textile mill; the canal was built to transport cotton goods from the mill to Worcester and Providence in the 1800s.

Ashton marks the approximate trail midpoint. You could begin or end your journey here by parking on Route 116 or at the visitor center along Interstate 295, which provides restrooms and information. Each parking lot offers a connecting spur on a slight incline to the trail.

History buffs may choose to visit the historical Kelly House Museum, former home of Wilbur Kelly, a ship captain and mill owner. Nestled between the river and canal, the museum relates the transportation and industrial history of each waterway and the railroads.

Continuing north, the trail parallels the active Providence & Worcester Railroad all the way to the end, even sharing a bridge across the river in Albion. The building materials for this stretch of the rail-trail were shipped by and unloaded right off the train.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the Lonsdale trailhead, take Interstate 295 to State Route 146 south. Exit onto State Route 123 east and follow it to Chambers St. at the Sovereign Bank, and turn there. It will merge with John St. about 100 yards from the trail entrance, which is just over the river.

To reach the Manville trailhead, also take I-295 to Route 146 south and exit onto Route 123 east. Turn left on Route 122 north toward Manville. In town, turn left on Manville Hill Road, cross the river then turn left on Main Street. You'll see the trail on the left. Turn left, downhill and cross the railroad tracks and the trail to reach the parking lot.


A must to ride on

   October, 2016 by kumarkshitij

Such a beautiful trail. Very well maintained. Do the round trip and you get to see beautiful scenery both ways. So many places to stop and take in the views. Thanks to RI for funding and maintaining such a recreational treasure. read more

Well worth your time!

   September, 2016 by ricke11

I found this to be a very scenic, well-maintained, and user-friendly bike trail. Varying views and terrain made for a pleasant ride from Lonsdale to Woonsocket & back (a ~24 mi RT). As mentioned below, there is a brief section where sub-pavement roots more

   September, 2016 by sdfgh_tl

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