Blackstone River Greenway (MA)


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Blackstone River Greenway (MA) Facts

States: Massachusetts
Counties: Worcester
Length: 3 miles
Trail end points: McKeon Rd. (Worcester) and Main St./SR 122A nr. SR 146 (Millbury)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6206705
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Blackstone River Greenway (MA) Description

The Blackstone River Greenway (previously known as the Blackstone River Bikeway) is a 3-mile trail that represents the first open segment of the Massachusetts portion of a pathway that will eventually link Worcester, Mass. with Providence, RI.

The greenway was built along with the Route 146 connector into Worcester and was constructed to highway standards by the Department of Transportation. The trail project is now handled by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. 

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at three spots on the Worcester / Millbury segment and at three spots on the Blackstone / Uxbridge segment.

Blackstone River Greenway (MA) Reviews

I’ve been walking the millbury Worcester trail since it opened. It’s so sad what’s become of it. Loaded with trash and broken glass. The trail is now under construction to include a center and lengthening the trail! Why bother if it’s not going to be maintained.

Just walked six miles this morning.the millbury side is worse then the Worcester side..trees and brush are taking over the whole trail.There was straw all over the trail, not good for bikers to slip on.I don't understand why you would lay down asphalt in the woods and then walk away without doing any maintenance.Someone there told me it's between the CD-R and someone else always fighting over who is responsible for the up keep,that should have been thought about's a nice trail to have but to let it go is a time you go bring your brush cutters

I wasn't sure what to expect based on the other reviews. On one side of the trail is the Blackstone River, on the other side is 146. I parked in the Millbury lot and ran to the other end (about 3 miles). The trail stops behind Walmart so that is another place to park in addition to the MIllbury lot and the one in the middle. Overall, I am grateful for another place to run. I hope that someday the trail connects to the more southern branch.


I run this pathway once a week from the Millbury to Worcester parking lots. It's not a terrible pathway but it could stand for some TLC. It is overgrown in many areas, dirty, and people don't clean up after their dogs. It runs along a major highway, which is not my favorite, and the river smells pretty bad in some spots.

Walked this trail to Worcester today and actually saw two blue heron. Trails are well maintained and I loved the bridges over the waterways. Great place to walk

A friend and I ran the Millbury to Worcester portion and enjoyed it. I'm a new mom and can't wait to take the stroller and baby out on it. It's all paved and even though parallels a highway had relatively nice views and was quiet.

Rhode Island has three decent length rail to trail conversions. The East Bay Bike Path, Washington Secondary Bike Path and the Blackstone River Path which is the subject of today's post.

All three of the Rhode Island trails are a short drive from each other, 10-20 minutes. After all Rhody is the smallest state, but it's a great bike riding state. The longest is 30 miles round trip and the shortest is around 19 miles. All three are rail trails so they are flat.

The fall is a great time for a solo ride on this trails. It's often cool and crisp but the view never lets one down. On this day there were not many people on the trail at the start of my ride. Cumberland and Lincoln R.I. sections meander through more suburban sections. The North Smithfield and Woonsocket sections are a little more small city urban and consequently there is more use of the trail with dog walkers, couples walking and runners. A smidgen of bikes shared this day but in general the traffic was very light.

Read the full bicycle blog post of "amidnightrider" by copying and pasting the link below.

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