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Ten Mile River Greenway, named for the waterway it parallels and not its length, runs 3 miles through a serene and green corridor connecting the City of East Providence and Pawtucket. The southern end of the paved pathway begins at the Kimberly Ann Rock Memorial Athletic Complex, a popular spot for local sporting events, where you’ll find a large parking lot flanked by trees. If a game is playing when you arrive, restrooms will be available, but the bathrooms are otherwise locked. The trail also does not offer any drinking fountains, so be sure to pack water.
The greenway heads north, loosely paralleling the state’s border with Massachusetts, and winds through leafy woodlands with an occasional pine tree. To your right, the adjacent river glimmers through the leaves. At intermittent spots along the trail, you can hop off your bike and walk down to the waterfront, where you might see swans gliding through the calm water. Interpretative signage about the area’s flora and fauna can be found trailside.
As you near the 2-mile mark, you’ll approach Slater Memorial Park on the left, with a large parking lot, picnic tables, and portable toilets. As you continue forward, keep your eyes peeled for a tan building just off the trail to the left; you won’t want to miss it, as it houses a beautiful Looff Carousel built in 1895. In addition to leaping horses with bejeweled saddles, it offers lions, dogs, and a giraffe to ride. Inside you can buy tickets, snacks, and cold drinks. At the nearby boathouse on the banks of a large pond, you can also rent swan- and dragon-shaped paddleboats to enjoy on the water.
A little farther on is the trail’s only street crossing at Armistice Boulevard. Beyond it, the last mile of the trail has a few gentle climbs and curves that vary the experience. The pathway ends as it began, at a large parking lot, this one for the Doreen Ann Tomlinson Sports Complex.
To get to East Providence’s Kimberly Ann Rock Memorial Athletic Complex at the southern end of the trail, take I-195 E to Exit 4 to US 44/Taunton Ave. Take Taunton 0.8 mile; it becomes Waterman Ave. Cross S. Broadway then bear left onto Hall St. and in 0.1 mile bear right onto Taunton Ave. Continue 0.4 mile to the intersection with Pawtucket Ave. and turn left (RI 114/US 1A). In 1.5 miles, at the intersection with Newman Ave. and Ferris Ave., bear right onto Ferris; the sign for the Ten Mile River Greenway parking is about 0.5 mile on the right.
To get to Pawtucket’s Doreen Ann Tomlinson Sports Complex at the northern end of the trail, take I-95 N to Exit 29 (Cottage St.). Turn left onto Cottage St., and in 0.3 mile bear right onto Central Ave. In 1.3 miles turn right onto Daggett Ave., and in 0.3 mile take a left at the baseball field to enter the parking lot.
Great path with lots of shade. The surface is nice and smooth and well kept. For the mountain bikers there are some great off road trails as well. We go there to walk and bike often.
I’ve lived just over the border of MA my whole life and never knew about this trail. Really lovely hidden gem! Particularly for walking since it’s only 3 miles, but there were many bikers that passed by. Would recommend to anyone considering a visit. It’s shaded and flat.
Very few people which is a big plus in the time of COVID-19. Beautiful views of waterfowl. Nice paths to walk or bike off-road also!
A Great Blue Heron, a million swans, mallards, gentle slopes, complimentary curves all help make this my favorite local walk. Rhode Island trails seem to want us to walk on the left and ride on the right. It’s counterintuitive to most walkers and sets up confusion and frustration on the trail. There are some signs. But quite a few are missing and there are no directions in the lane. That’s my only complaint and it’s minor.
Great location and scenery, would recommend this to anyone.
I like this trail for running after work, sometimes it's annoying to have to dodge people on the wrong side or slow walkers that spread themselves across the path in groups and then seem amazed that you get annoyed having to go around them. Also lots of kids blocking the way on bikes and scooters. Pretty views and some challenging hills make for a good run!
My 9 y/o son and I began in Pawtucket. It was a nice easy ride.
Your only road crossing is about 1 mile in. There is a simple dam to view and nice pond to pause at with a bench, if necessary.
My son and I managed to find a nice little food stop about a 1/2 mile from the end of the trail in Rumford, RI. Ride out of the baseball park down Ferris Ave. Cross over Bishop Ave (there is a marked crossing), then turn right onto Newman Ave. Just past the Post Office & across from the East Providence Fire Station #3 is a lovely mill bldg. It has 3 eateries. Seven Stars Bakery, Avenue N/American Kitchen. There is outdoor/shaded seating.
It was lovely & a nice break during our ride, prior to heading back to our starting point.
This path is now 3 miles in length, as the second leg,by crossing Armistice Blvd, is now open. Although very scenic, and 85% shaded,with its many curves and slight inclines,is,in my opinion more conducive to walkers and casual riders. There are two simple rules, Walk on Left,Ride on Right.For whatever reason here,most people do not adhere to them, in stark contrast to the East Bay Bike Path for example.If you going at a good clip,you never know what you will find when you round a blind bend,and there are many.Lot's of kids on push scooters or training wheels who just aren't paying attention. There are also a lot of folks walking their dogs,with a good amount not leashed, and others on long retractable leashes that have run toward and after me.Another common annoyance, is people either walking or riding, or a combination of both, taking up the whole width of the path.While most will move when they see you, others just won't budge. It's very frustrating.This path is very convenient for me in terms of location, but each time I ride it, and I've tried various times from early AM to dusk, I just get more frustrated and say "never again"....To be fair however, it is what is is. It is very beautiful, open to the public, and definitely not a training facility. However, a little common sense and courtesy would certainly make for a more enjoyable ride....For the riders looking to comfortably go at more than !) MPH, no kidding,I would recommend going to the East Bay Bike Path on Vet's Parkway in East Providence. Although windy at times, it's pretty much a straight shot with courteous users.
This is an underused little gem. I like it especially in the fall and winter. The fall foliage along the river and reservoir can be spectacular. It is a great way to end cold winter rides. I will get on at Slater Park after riding a longer loop. The pedestrians and swoopy trail force you to slow down and enjoy the ride and view.
We rode this trail a couple of times, we really like it. It goes along a waterway, nice paved trail. There must have been a hundred swans in the water as you looked over the water, and t he last time we were there was this spring. we saw several big turtles coming up from the water. Loved it can't wait to go again !!
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