Blackstone River Greenway (RI)

Rhode Island

Blackstone River Greenway (RI) Facts

States: Rhode Island
Counties: Providence
Length: 11.8 miles
Trail end points: Davison Ave. (Woonsocket) and Jones St. at Silva St. (Valley Falls)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017102
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Blackstone River Greenway (RI) Description

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. It’s also a branch of the East Coast Greenway, a developing trail network between Maine and Florida.

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.

Blackstone River Greenway (RI) Reviews

What a difference a year makes. I reviewed this trail back in June 2016 with only nice things to say. The ride has nice views along the Blackstone River. The few bumps that I encountered last year has definitely increased. The only work done on these very large bumps is spray paint them so you see them before you get injured by hitting them. I found that the area with the biggest problems are between the 2 overpasses (rt116 and rt146). But they are really everywhere.

Parked at Silva St, thinking there would be a lot. There wasn't but the neighbors didn't seem to mind with parking along the road. Once we got on the lovely trail, realized there were several parking lots, but I'm glad we didn't miss a minute of the walk from the beginning (next time, and there will be a next time, as this is one of my favorite rail trails and just 30 minutes from my home) will park in a lot so we can walk the while way to the museum. Saw several deer with babies, and the babies were as fascinated by us as we were by them. Also saw the largest turtle in the water I have ever seen, it was massive! someone said it must be 100 years old. As we walked closer to the dam, we saw the old Mill site, which are fascinating to me! in the midst of the mostly falling down mills there was a fabric store OPEN! Was fabric heaven! enough to make me take up sewing so I can make a quilt like one of the many beauties on display. Looking forward to the next time when we travail to the other end of the trail!

This is a great trail but notice it is starting to need some work that's not being done..on or about the 11.5 mile point there are tree roots buldging out of the path that really need to be addressed. It is quite a large area and there are other areas that are becoming a problem as well.
It is marked with orange paint but that does not fix the issue!

Accordion

This trail is fantastic. Very scenic with plenty of photo-op stops along the way on bridges over the river, etc. A few of the shady spots have some tree root growth that disrupts the pavement, but otherwise it's a really great trail with ample parking. There were no bathrooms that we could find so make sure you plan ahead for that. Definitely worth exploring!!!

I really enjoyed my ride. The trail was well labeled and easy to follow. The scenery and wild life were entertaining! I highly recommend this trail!

Very nice ride with varied scenery. The only thing I would add to what has already been written is that there isn't much of a canopy of tree cover for much of the ride so on a really sunny day, wear your sun block. Also, the trail continues a bit more after the Lonsdale entrance. It eventually goes on-road and spills you out in a little park near the Cumberland Town Hall. I would skip this section entirely and just end your ride at Lonsdale. The trail is a little narrower towards it's northern terminus as well.

This trail could not be nicer, I highly recommend for anyone!

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.

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 are prevalent south of Ashton, but otherwise the surface is great. Restroom facilities just south of the northern terminus were open on a Tuesday afternoon (below the soccer fields around the back of the building) - which was a pleasant surprise.

On the return I biked a bit south of the Lonsdale Drive-In parking area, but a passerby mentioned that the trail went on-road, and signage was easy to miss, so I decided to call it a day. More details to help navigate this section would be appreciated.

I had been away from the trails for some time, last I rode it it stopped short of the Manville Dam. Well a few weeks ago, when I picked back up on the road bike after a long illness, I was pleasantly surprised that the trail now goes to Davidson Avenue in Woonsocket. I usually start by the Ashton Mill which up and back is around 12 miles. This is great for my out of shape body. There are a total of 3 minor hills which makes it nice, one just before the river overpass just north of the RR crossing and one going into the Football Field at the top of the hill. All of these are totally manageable.

My only complaint? The major "Root Bumps" in the trail in areas...but then again, it's just like riding on Rhode Island Streets and Highways...

The trail(s) are HIGHLY recommended!

I just did this trail yesterday and absolutely loved it. I parked at the lot on Chamber St/John St. If you start here, you have to go through a busy intersection within 1/2 mile. No problem as there is a crossing button. Once by this, the trail runs along the Blackstone River for most of the way. The first 5 miles is pretty nice as there is a lot of shade, views and benches to stop. I didn't encounter many hills at all. There were a few areas with "tree root bumps". But this is the case with any paved bike trail. I ended at the Vet Memorial in Woonsocket. Overall, this was a very nice ride.

Love going here, it's clean, mostly level, paved, lots of places to stop and view the scenery. Some hills keeps the ride interesting.
Highly recommended!

Great Scenic Trail along a river. Easy parking access at multiple locations. Wish it was longer

I biked and walked the trail from Davison St. Woonsocket , to the Slater mill and beyond.I wasn't too crazy about the street riding after you leave Lonsdale ,(Lincoln) as you have to pay close attension to the bike signs.But the off road part was great.I did it in stages , 'cuz I'm getting old , but I did consider it a good experience , and I'll probably do it again.

Absolutely beautiful. Lots of turtles and fish too.

What a beautiful trail and ride from Lincoln to Woonsocket and all the people we met along the way made the day and ride even much better. We will definitely do this trail again next year and this trail makes #1 on our 2015 rides.

my son an I start at the Lincoln trail head off rt 116 and go to woonsocket.IT was great ride going and back again it was a warm sun filled day.the bumps from the trees were not too bad. with that i whold have to rate it 3 stars.

1 Davidson avenue, Woonsocket, RI 02895

Today I completed my third or fourth ride on this trail. From Route 123 in Lincoln, I parked my car in one of the park's lots, unloaded the bicycle and rode for 2 hours: about 10 miles each way from Lincoln to the Woonsocket trail head. Be sure to visit the Kelly House Transportation Museum closer to the Lonsdale trail head. On a recent ride, I spotted a young deer! The waterfalls are attractive and a good place to stop for a break. Some long but not terribly steep inclines and curves to consider. Watch out for young families with carriages, strollers and children on bicycles with training wheels, teenage skateboarders, and rollerbladers. Nonetheless, it's possible to get a good workout and some consistent mileage.

Great trail to ride! Places to stop and take pictures along the Blackstone river. Great day!

A Rail to Trail conversion from Lincoln to Woonsocket R.I. Six of us met up to ride this most awesome bikeway on a warm Friday morning.

"The path follows the Blackstone River wherever possible, including on the tow paths of the historic Blackstone Canal. This highly scenic bikeway crosses the river many times, offering views of waterfalls, marshes and wildlife. Many old mills line the river too, evidence of the impact of the Industrial Revolution that earned the Blackstone the title of the “hardest-working river in America.”

Click the link to see the video.

http://amidnightrider.com/2015/05/15/blackstone-river-bikeway/

i am from rhode island and knew this trail from childhood. at that time, it was not a bike trail but a great place to hang out.since it has been turned into a bike trail many more rhode islanders have had the chance to explore our state using the wonderful bike trail.
while most of the trail is level and well maintained, there is a section that has frost heaves and places where tree roots have come up causing the ride to be bumpy.most of the bumps have been painted yellow so that it is not a complete surprise when you come upon one.

I recently went to visit my 80 yr old in Woonsocket. And I found that they have trails about 3 miles from his home. I was so happy that I went the trails are very clean and awesome to ride. Enjoy!!!

Great bikeway. Very scenic along river. My fav so far.

i'm riding alot while rehabing my shoulder. got to pay attention while checking out the scenery

My wife and I took our 2-year old (in a bike seat) on the path today and had a great ride!! Good signage, easy terrain and great accessibility parking-wise.

I used this trail from Woonsocket down to Providence.
First couple of miles are rather boring, and it gets a little bit scenic, then somewhat boring again.
The views get repetitive and not really a lot of fun. However, the trail itself is well maintained and very flat. If you are looking for a fast ride, it's very good. If you are looking for a scenic ride, it's not as good as other RI trails.

There are 5 bike trails in New England on which I ride on a regular basis. This is my favorite one! There is so much to see. For a stretch there are two bodies of water on each side of the trail, the river and the canal. What other trails can make that boast? When the trail ends at Jones St. in Cumberland you can reward yourself with a pastry treat at the Colonial Bakery on Broad St. near the intersection of Broad and Jones Streets. That's what I did today!

Nice views..clean bike path. Only Con...Too short. Toliets at Field House.

Rode my bike the whole trail to the end and back. Very relaxing trail. It took me 4 hours to do the whole trail from Woonsocket to the end and back.

Another great ride with friends from Bike Fall River.

Rode all but the farthest south 3 miles this morning. Lovely trail with ample parking at trailheads. Largely shaded and smoothly paved, with some roots coming up in the shadiest areas, but any bumps are largely marked with spray paint. The river and the canal make for pretty scenery. Even saw 2 great blue herons!

Great ride, did it with wife. Very senic ride to go on with partner.

The day was perfect and I have to say, this trail completed my experience. From the beautiful scenery to the awesome sounds of running water and the sounding around.

Trail had some bumps, but nothing to break up the mood. Parking was a little tricky to find for me, a little further up there is dedicated parking though. Just follow the trail and pick the first location. The very first part of the trail there isn't much to miss, but after the second parking lot, it gets a whole lot better.

I wanted to try a new trail as an avid runner, biker and skater. On my first trip in October of 2013, I took my bike because I wasn't sure how good it would be for skates. This path has 2-3 waterfalls. Overall the path is very well maintained and I look forward to skating it very soon.

Just discovered this in Fall 2013, after biking the East Bay Bike Path several times over 12 years. It felt a little wider than the East Bay Bike Path, and had several more easy hills. Remote, woodsy, and a greater chance for wildlife sightings.

What a beautiful path and well maintained. Just discovered it this fall and can't get enough ( even though we live 35 minutes from there) I even took my 7 year old who loved it and pedeled through for 9 miles. Love the scenery, waterfalls, river, trees, lawns, etc.

Can't believe I used to live near this rail trail and never knew it was there. One of the most picturesque bike trails I've ever been on. Manicured landscape, plenty to see along the way in terms of scenery. If you're looking for the Southern end, put 111 John St. Cumberland, RI into your GPS. There's a nice bit South of that but the parking is sketchy. Met a nice homeowner who let us park in front of his house so it would look like we were visiting.

The adventure of finding a thrilling and scenic bike path so close to home.
I have been on many bike paths all over this area and as far north as NH.
This bike path stands out as it was built and done right with lots of thought behind it. Imagine seeing the raging river the bridges along this trail are amazing. Some very good hills to climb, but not a show stopper.
So many places to stop and take photos & rest when needed. From old Lonsdale Drive-in 7.5 to the end at 17.0 and then back.
I love the amount of waterfalls.....the big and wide....also the little ones seen a stones throw from the bike path.....sometimes you must listen and look to find them. A perfect day on this path you pack a lunch...stop and eat.....stop and take pictures, the birds I have seen....a white swan...swam up to me...and let me take a few photos....also a blue heron or two....hunting for fish ....stopped to let me enjoy in there splendor...and a few pictures too.
Also many turtles sun tanning on the river, a few awesome mallard ducks....swam up.
The other that I love to take pictures is the people.....especially the fly-fishing on the river. This is one special place that I am glad I get to share with someone I love my girlfriend. DJD

Blackstone River Bikeway

The Blackstone River Bikeway begins in Cumberland,RI
There is a parking lot at the entrance to the former Lonsdale Drive In Theater.

In fact the restored marque states, “NowPlaying, Blackstone River Bikeway”.

This collaboration between the RI Departments of Transportation and Environmental Management has resulted in 11.5 miles of continuous bike path being open to the public in Cumberland, Lincoln, and Woonsocket, RI.

Beginning at the southern end, in Cumberland, the ride takes one over a scenic bridge within a mile of starting out. The bridge is a dedicated bike and walkway with no vehicular traffic.

The Blackstone River Bikeway then meanders along following the historic Blackstone canal. Inspired by the success of the Erie Canal (begun in 1817) and prodded by the growth of textile manufacturing along the Blackstone River. The Blackstone Canal was built to link Central Massachusetts to the Atlantic via Providence, RI. Between 1828 and 1848. The canal used horse-drawn boats to carry freight and passengers between Worcester and Providence.

The Blackstone River Bikeway provides one a feeling of being slightly more remote than does the East Bay Bike Path, though never wandering too far from residential areas, it provides long stretches uninterrupted by intersections and stop signs. Very nice indeed.

From south (the Cumberland end) the Bikeway ends at the Rivers Edge Recreation Complex in Woonsocket, RI. Near to this end are public restrooms, and a small refreshment stand.

The Blackstone River Bikeway is slightly more challenging, in regard to elevation, than the East Bay Bike Path. That said, it is not a difficult ride, and should be enjoyed by riders of all experience levels.

We had a fantastic Memorial Day blading from Woonsocket to Central Falls and back.
Easy parking in Woonsocket in a dedicated parking lot. Then, down the trail heading South. Great pavement, lovely trail following the river, next to the active railroad tracks. Continuing along the river, past the falls. Few road crossings, keep up the momentum. Then, across the river back and forth, and on to the tow path for the old canal. Water on both sides: the river on our left, the canal to the right. The pavement here is old and worn, but not badly cracked or holed. The scenery makes up for it.
Suddenly, the trail crosses the river, runs along the South side, and rises up to civilization. Cross the street and cross the river twice more. The trail shifts onto a boardwalk suspended over a marsh. Nice scenery, but tough blading. Finally, the trail rises into a Cumberland neighborhood and really ends. You can continue into Central Falls, but there is no more trail - just cracked and potholed local roads. The subs and swarma at the sub shop were worthwhile, though. Then, back up the river to Woonsocket.
A great day!

The trail has been extended since some of the prior reviews. We began our trip in Lonsdale at the Drive-in, (currently marked as mile 7.5) and rode north to Woonsocket at mile 17. The parking lot trail sign directed us to either Calais, ME going left, or Key West FL. going right. Let's hope they can follow through on that ambitious goal!

**NOTE: the directions say to take John Street to the trail entrance: if you are coming from Rte 123, John St. is ONE WAY, and you can't turn into it. Go to Chambers St. at the Sovereign Bank, and turn there. It will merge with John St. about 100 yards from the trail entrance. If you click the "get directions to here" pop-up, it will make the same mistake. ***

The trail was in excellent shape the entire way. Mind the road signs, as there are some spurs in the Lonsdale and Kelly House areas. Mile markers are clearly displayed on granite posts.
We rode mid-morning on an August Monday, and it was in use by a diverse group of hikers, bikers, bladers and strollers. Not as crowded as other trails, though. The signs promise views of wildlife along the way - we had barely cleared the parking lot when 3 deer bounded across the path and into the Lonsdale meadow. It seemed every log in the canal had turtles on it, and flocks of duck and Canada geese were on the river.
There is not much access to this trail: you won't be going through little towns with opportunities for "rest stops", but there are several benches, picnic spots and scenic places to stop. In the Woonsocket end it passes an athletic field complex, where there is apparently a snack bar and rest rooms (closed when we went by).

This trail is now about 12.5 continuous paved miles long, not 6.8 as shown here at TrailLink. See http://www.dot.ri.gov/bikeri/ for current maps and info.

In the last year or so (2008-2009) RIDOT has completed a bridge project, eliminating a major block in Lincoln, opened a new extension taking the path one mile southward from the old Lonsdale Drive-in and finished two new extensions adding about 1.5 miles northward into Woonsocket.

This is a great morning or afternoon ride, fully paved and generally smooth with no significant hills, except for one entirely optional spur trail. It is relatively less used, compared to RI's East Bay path. Foot traffic has been increasing since the the improvements last year, but you can have the path largely to yourself in the early am or on weekdays in spring or fall. I've ridden this trail all year round, although winter ice can make it unsafe at times.

The entire trail follows the Blackstone River through wooded countryside, with remnant sections of the old Blackstone Canal often on the other side of the path. The River or the Canal are generally in view as you ride offering many chances to see heron, turtles, rabbits and other animals. The thick vegetation offers good shade in summer and great spring and fall foliage.

Despite the rural appearance, the Blackstone River was intensely exploited for manufacturing. Artifacts of the early Industrial Age - dams, foundations, locks, millraces and mills (now mostly converted to condos) - punctuate the path and make for interesting stops and explorations on foot.

The current southern end on Jones Street in Cumberland may be hard to find. We used to park in this residential neighborhood until someone stole our rack, so now we generally use designated parking lot a mile north at the former Lonsdale Drive-in on Rt. 123 or ride in five miles from our house. However, this segment offers a very pleasant ride along the edge of a wetland, including a board walk over water, with good birding opportunities. You could park at the Cumberland Town Hall on Broad Street and bike over a couple of blocks on Jones. With luck and funding, the path will be continued to a better-supervised parking space in Central Falls or Pawtucket soon.

Heading north from the Drive-In parking lot, you soon come to light-controlled crossing at Lonsdale Ave Rt 122. Once across this undistinguished intersection, the trail gets interesting, zig-zagging along and over the river before turning north on the western bank for a long stretch of uninterrupted riding. There is only one street crossing from this point to the northern terminus in Woonsocket.

About five miles north after the Kelly House (a preserved farm house) you have the option of taking a spur trail on the left. This offers a short, steep and winding climb to a visitor center on Rt. 295, which crosses the path on a high bridge at this point. Not much up there to see, but they do have ice cream. If you've got small kids or a heavy bike, even ice cream may not make the climb worthwhile, but if you want to jump start your heart and get a fun ride back down, go for it.

Which raises my only mild complaint about this path: the lack of contact with the dense communities it runs through. There is nowhere on or within sight of the path to buy food or bike supplies except for a new food stand in Rivers Edge Park in Woonsocket at the northern end (very difficult to actually reach on a bike). I like a path that leads to town centers and people. For this, RI's East Bay path is far superior.

Note that RI observes a "walk left, ride right rule."

This trail is now about 12.5 continuous paved miles long, not 6.8 as shown here at TrailLink. See http://www.dot.ri.gov/bikeri/ for current maps and info.

In the last year or so (2008-2009) RIDOT has completed a bridge project, eliminating a major block in Lincoln, opened a new extension taking the path one mile southward from the old Lonsdale Drive-in and finished two new extensions adding about 1.5 miles northward into Woonsocket.

This is a great morning or afternoon ride, fully paved and generally smooth with no significant hills, except for one entirely optional spur trail. It is relatively less used, compared to RI's East Bay path. Foot traffic has been increasing since the the improvements last year, but you can have the path largely to yourself in the early am or on weekdays in spring or fall. I've ridden this trail all year round, although winter ice can make it unsafe at times.

The entire trail follows the Blackstone River through wooded countryside, with remnant sections of the old Blackstone Canal often on the other side of the path. The River or the Canal are generally in view as you ride offering many chances to see heron, turtles, rabbits and other animals. The thick vegetation offers good shade in summer and great spring and fall foliage.

Despite the rural appearance, the Blackstone River was intensely exploited for manufacturing. Artifacts of the early Industrial Age - dams, foundations, locks, millraces and mills (now mostly converted to condos) - punctuate the path and make for interesting stops and explorations on foot.

The current southern end on Jones Street in Cumberland may be hard to find. We used to park in this residential neighborhood until someone stole our rack, so now we generally use designated parking lot a mile north at the former Lonsdale Drive-in on Rt. 123 or ride in five miles from our house. However, this segment offers a very pleasant ride along the edge of a wetland, including a board walk over water, with good birding opportunities. You could park at the Cumberland Town Hall on Broad Street and bike over a couple of blocks on Jones. With luck and funding, the path will be continued to a better-supervised parking space in Central Falls or Pawtucket soon.

Heading north from the Drive-In parking lot, you soon come to light-controlled crossing at Lonsdale Ave Rt 122. Once across this undistinguished intersection, the trail gets interesting, zig-zagging along and over the river before turning north on the western bank for a long stretch of uninterrupted riding. There is only one street crossing from this point to the northern terminus in Woonsocket.

About five miles north after the Kelly House (a preserved farm house) you have the option of taking a steep spur trail on the left. This offers a short, steep and winding climb to a visitor center on Rt. 295, which crosses the path on a high bridge at this point. Not much up there to see, but they do have ice cream. If you've got small kids or a heavy bike, even ice cream may not make the climb worthwhile, but if you want to jump start your heart and get a fun ride back down, go for it.

Which raised my only mild complaint about this path: the lack of contact with the dense communities it runs through. There is no where on or within sight of the path to buy food or bike supplies except for a new food stand in Rivers Edge Park in Woonsocket at the northern end. I like a path that leads to a town centers. For this, RI's East Bay path is far superior.

Note that RI observes a "walk left, ride right rule."

From RIDOT : "The new path is 1 mile long and extends the bike path south to Valley Falls Heritage Park in the area of Cumberland Town Hall. The newest segment extends the bikeway to 10.3 miles in each direction, from Cumberland to Woonsocket. The most striking feature of this new bike path segment is a 14-foot wide, 540-foot long elevated boardwalk that allows the bikeway to pass through the Lonsdale Marsh in an environmentally responsible manner while offering an up-close look at the wildlife that inhabits the marsh."


the martin st. bridge work in lincoln has now been completed so it's smooth sailing, no more detours. the trail has now been extended to the woonsocket water works...about 8 miles in all. very scenic, especially the remnants of the blackstone canal and the monstrous mills along it's banks. an extra-added bonus is that this is a rail-with trail, you're almost certain to see (or at least hear) a freight train along the providence & worcester railroad right-of-way.

"My family recently went on this trail it was wonderful.
Dispite the two place inwhich you go around a jersey barrier and across some dirt, it's ok.
With changing scenary and grades of up and down. We enjoyed it. My ten yr old did it easily. The trail splits off at first. If you want a longer ride the left way is the way to go. On the weekends the Capt. Kelly house has a free tour which explains how the canal came to be. All in all 7 miles one way. "

"This is a nice trail, but note there is construction on the bridge 1.5 miles into it. Seemed very nice for rollerblading or walking. If you intend on a good bike workout you'll be disapointed.
I think it will be very nice when the bridge is done."

"Go on weekends if you want to ride the entire trail...the Martin Street construction will take 2 more years, and you can't cross the site during the week. The docents at the (free) Wilbur Kelley House Museum are outstanding, and add an interesting historical perspective to the Blackstone Valley National Park (of which the trail is a beautiful part)."

"I took this trail with my wife and daughter who was trying out her new (albeit used) trail-a-bike. We did not know what to expect, but since we were very happy with the East Bay Bike Path, I figured I'd drive down from Boston to check this one out.

We found it to be a great little trail. It is in very good condition, except for one short area that was under construction. The ride was easy for my daughter, and the surroundings changed often enough to keep it interesting.

It's definitely a good way to spend a couple of hours with your family. Write to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and they will send you a very helpful trail map for the state."

"My wife and I tried this trail not knowing what to expect and we were both very pleased. Six miles of the path are newly paved and the plans are to extend it to the Massachusetts border in the north and to the East Bay Bike Path in the south.

The entire trail is in excellent condition and is actually much more scenic than we expected. Most of it runs along the Blackstone River and canals, while the rest parallels a rail line and runs along near some old mills.

All in all it's well worth the trip."

"The Blackstone River Bike Way has something for everyone. It is rich in scenery and history. The bike path parallels the Blackstone River and its canal system. The trail is part of the East Coast Greenway and will be extended and interconnected to other trails in the future.

River views, canal views, trains, bridges, birds, fish, turtles, cyclists, joggers, walkers, and roller-bladers are just some of the sights to be seen and enjoyed. The river provides views of Great Blue Herons, egrets, and Canadian Geese. The canal is rich in birds, fish, flowers, and turtles.

The trail is shared with all types of people with all types of interests.

The trail has plenty of trailheads with ample parking. Roads crossings are minimal and well marked.

Mosquitoes are abundant due to the stagnant canal water and the river. They are most prevalent after sun-set.

The only bad think about the trail is that there are no public facilities.

All in all, this is a great trail."

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Phenix-Harris Riverwalk

Rhode Island - 0.3 miles

The Phenix-Harris Riverwalk, a short trail built on a former rail bed purchased from Penn Central Railroad, connects West Warwick and Coventry, two...

West Warwick Riverwalk

Rhode Island - 0.4 miles

The West Warwick Riverwalk is located in a park just behind West Warwick High School and John F. Deering Middle School. The paved trail goes for about...

Burrillville Bike Path

Rhode Island - 1.2 miles

Burrillville Bike Path runs for just over a mile through its namesake rural community in northwest Rhode Island. It connects the villages of Pascoag...

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