Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway

Rhode Island

Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway Facts

States: Rhode Island
Counties: Providence
Length: 6.8 miles
Trail end points: Waterplace Park (Providence) and Lyman Ave. (Johnston)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6032472
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway Description

The Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway is an important non-motorized transportation corridor and local recreation trail, linking Waterplace Park and the Providence Place Mall in Providence with Johnston. Much of the eastern 2 miles of the trail is on-road, with a few short segments on a separate trail (right at Waterplace Park, through Donigian Park, and between Eagle Street and Atwells Avenue). The eastern end near the mall is undergoing redevelopment of the old mills into retail, offices and residences. Here you can also pick up the Providence Riverwalk.

The on-road segments have striped bike lanes on Promenade Street and Providence Place; signs direct you to Donigian Park on Valley Street and Riverside Park on Aleppo Street. There are spur trails at Manton Avenue (steep grade) and Button Hole Golf Course, the latter of which forms an inner loop back to the trail via Merino Park. Just be sure to follow the "Bike Route" signs to reach the off-road trail on the south side of the river that heads into the park. A pedestrian bridge over US 6 within Merino Park meets the older portion of trail near Sheridan Street on the north side of the river.

The main off-road trail (about 3 miles worth) begins in earnest at Aleppo Street near Riverside Park (at mile 2.3) and heads northwest along the Woonasquatucket River on a former rail corridor to trail's end at Lyman Avenue in Johnston.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at the Providence Place Mall, at Riverside Mills Park, at Merino Park and off Hillside Avenue.

Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway Reviews

We started our ride in Riverside Park, which has a parking lot, a great playground, and river overlooks. Heading west from there, it's a pleasant trail experience, mostly lined with trees and wildflowers.

I recommend parking at (GPS) 7 Hillside Ave, Johnston, RI. As the description states, the trail starts at Lyman Ave but there isn't parking there. I didn't realize that until after I did the ride. Also as stated, most of the trail is a nice ride with plenty to see; even along the highway isn't too bad.

I wasn't a fan of riding on-road in Providence and you have to pay attention to the Bike Trail signs in order to go the right way.

I like to ride at least 10 miles when I go out. I was able to get about 13 miles with a few of the off-shoots.

I'm not sure that I would ride this trail again unless I wasn't alone and they wanted to try it. But I was glad I took the time to try this path.

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