Black Hut Management Area

Black Hut Management Area985 Spring Lake Road, Burrillville, RI 02830  401-568-4300 1548 acres of forest, wetlands and agricultural land with hiking trails, hunting, birdwatching and other wildlife viewing. The area is composed of primarily forest land (deciduous 1158 acres, evergreen 163 acres), wetlands (171 acres), and agricultural land (18.5 acres). The DFW maintains a series of wildlife farming fields and food plots to add diversity to the area and provide food and cover for bath game and non-game species of wildlife.Typical game mammals found within the Black Hut area include cottontail rabbits, grey squirrel, white-tailed deer, fox, raccoon, and coyote. Typical game birds include ruffed grouse, ring-necked pheasants and waterfowl. A small waterfowl marsh of approximately 3 acres is present and maintained by the DFW. Ample opportunity also exists to observe non-game mammals, birds and insects. Google Map

Blackstone Heritage Corridor

John H. Chafee National Heritage Corridor1 Depot Square  Woonsocket,  RI 02895   401-762-0250   Promotes the region from Pawtucket to Worcester that runs along the Blackstone River in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Historical walking tours, bus and evening tours with National Park Rangers. Activities include: spectator sports, theater, wildlife refuge, nature center canoeing, freshwater fishing, hunting, kayaking, lake or river access, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, freshwater swimming, bike trail, bird watching trail, hiking trail, jogging trail. Self-guided walking and driving tours and detours. Google Map

Blackstone River State Park

Blackstone River State Park Lower River Rd. between Rte. 126 and Rte. 122 Lincoln RI 02865 333-1100 Located between the Blackstone River and Blackstone Canal, the riverfront park contains walking and bike paths, canoe portage, and fresh water fishing. Historic walking tours along the canal built in 1828 are available. Captain Wilbur Kelly House Museum (April-October) features exhibits on canal, railroad and highways. A canoe launch is located in the heart of the Blackstone River State Park. You can paddle both the canal and the river from here or do a round trip using both. The canal has no current and so is great for beginners, and it also avoids the quickwater on the river and the difficult portage around the Pratt Dam, 2.7 miles downstream. Google Map

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park

National Heritage Corridor Commission One Depot Square Woonsocket, RI 02895  (401) 762-0250  Fax: (401) 762-0530  The Blackstone River runs from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI. Its waters powered the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI, America’s first successful cotton spinning mill. This creative spark began the nation’s transformation from Farm to Factory. Today, the Blackstone River Valley is a special type of National Park – a living landscape containing thousands of natural and historic treasures. Google Map

Blackstone Valley Bikeway

Blackstone Valley BikewayRI DEM Front St. Pawtucket, RI 02860 401-723-7892

10 miles of scenic off-road bikeway along the historic Blackstone River and Blackstone Canal with additional on-road “sharrows” connecting to Massachusetts border and the East Bay Bikepath.

Parking available at*:

110 John Street, Lincoln, RI
690 George Washington Highway, Lincoln, RI
Blackstone River State Park Visitor Center, I-295 North (between exits 9 & 10), Lincoln, RI
School Street, Lincoln RI (on Cumberland border with Albion Road)
1 Davison Avenue, Woonsocket, RI
Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 53 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI

*Address numbers are approximated. Please look for proper lots and signage upon arrival.

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Buck Hill Management Area & Trail

Buck Hill Management Area & TrailBurrillville, RI 401-789-0281 1777 acre site of forest land, wetland area and agricultural land containing hiking trails, birdwatching and other wildlife viewing and hunting.The trail is a  4.7 mile hike which has abundant wildlife. Along this trail are tiny ponds with nesting boxes which provide housing for the wood ducks. Hikers are actually walking in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. A wildlife marsh attracts waterfowl, furbearers such as muskrat, and other wetland dependent birds.

Buck Hill Management Area Benson Mountain Trail

Buck Hill Management Area Benson Mountain Trail, Burrillville, RI With access to the North South Trail (77-mile trail that crosses the entire state of Rhode Island), Buck Hill – like the name suggests – has difficult inclines and rocky trails that can be challenging for riders. This spot is very beautiful as well with fun features and historic granite markers to search for..

Casmir Pulaski Memorial State Park

Casimir Pulaski Memorial State Park Rte. 44 Glocester RI 02814 401-568-2013 Located in the George Washington Management Area, it features freshwater swimming, picnicking, cross country skiing, sledding, camping, birdwatching and hiking. Also includes primitive tent and trailer campsites with fireplaces, tables, drinking water. Google Map

Cass Park

Cass Park Cass Ave. Woonsocket RI 02895 Walking paths and benches, pond for fishing, tennis & basketball courts, baseball fields, skating rinks, street hockey courts, playground. Google Map

Chase Farm

Great Rd., Rte. 123 Lincoln, RI 02865 401-333-1100 Thomas Arnold originally purchased the land at Chase Farm in 1661. In the late 1800’s, the Chase Family started a dairy farm on the land, and delivered milk door to door until 1965. This was one of the last working farms in Lincoln, purchased by the Town and preserved for its historical value and open space. The Butterfly Gardens, which are maintained by volunteers, serves as a focal point to this scenic landscape. Now preserved as green space, it is used for a number of activities such as summer concerts, sledding, hiking and other special events. Google Map

Chocolate Mill Overlook

Chocolate Mill OverlookBlackstone Valley Tourism Council  175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860 401-724-2200  PARK LOCATION: Corner of Roosevelt Avenue and Charles Street, Central Falls, RI 02863
Park commemorates the chocolate manufacturing industry in America and Central Falls.  Includes access to the Blackstone River. Google Map

Diamond Hill Bike Trail

Diamond Hill 4097 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland, RI  02864 A former hill used for skiing has become a true destination of mountain bike and fat bike enthusiasts, and enduro races. With many trails ranging from easy to double-black diamond, Diamond Hill is a top place to ride in Rhode Island. Google Map | TrailForks Maps

Diamond Hill Park

Diamond Hill Park1464 Diamond Hill Rd. Cumberland RI 02864 401-334-9996 Named for its mile-long face of veined granite quartz, Diamond Hill is another great place to do some jogging or hiking, have a picnic and enjoy a free concert. The town sponsors the free Summer Concert Series in July and August. Climb to the summit and you can see for miles around on a clear day. Once you’ve gotten to the top of the former ski slopes (the smaller hill on the left is a much easier hike) you come to walking trails from which you can see the Diamond Hill Reservoir to the east and Woonsocket and beyond to the west. There are picnic sites throughout the park with permits required only for outings and barbecues. The pond in front of the bandstand is a favorite of kids looking for frogs and tadpoles. Bring a net and bucket for observing, Bathroom facilities are open only on days at special events and outings by permit. Hosts weddings with Monastery Park. Google Map

Durfee Hill Management Area

Durfee Hill Management AreaGlocester, RI  401-423-1920 Covers a total land area of 1176 acres. The area is composed of Primarilly forest land (deciduous 726 acres, evergreen 201 acres), with wetlands (209 acres) and agricultural land (twenty-nine acres) accounting for the balance. Hiking, hunting, birdwatching, fishing, wildlife viewing and more.

Esmond Park Portage

Smithfield RI  While this site could be used as a put-in or take-out it is primarily of note as a portage. The short section of river between here and the head of Graystone Mill Pond is not very interesting (being mostly a grass-line channel in front of Benny’s) and if your main goal is to paddle on Graystone Mill Pond, the put-in at Cricket Park is a much better choice. Google Map

Fort Nature Refuge

Fort Nature Refuge1443 Providence Pike, Rte. 5 North Smithfield, RI 02896 401-949-5454 Great place for a long hike through a variety of northern forest habitats at any time of year. This 235-acre protected chunk of North Smithfield is a destination for hikers and wildlife watchers. Fort is known for the beautiful beaver ponds teeming with animals and birds as well as beautiful wetland plants. Google Map

George Washington Management Area

George Washington Management Area2185 Putnam Pike Chepachet RI 02814 401-568-2103  A 3,000 acre state-managed area for swimming, camping and hiking, bird watching and wildlife observation, and hunting connected to the 100-acre Casimir Pulaski Memorial Park on the Burrillville-Glocester border. Google Map

George Washington Management Area Campground

2185 Putnam Pike George Washington Management Area CampgroundChepachet, RI 02814-1705 401-568-6700  Located within the 4000 acre George Washington Management Area, and on the shores of Bowdish Reservoir, the 100 acre George Washington Memorial Camping Area is an overnight, primitive camping facility offering a multitude of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. There are 45 treed, well spaced gravel sites suitable for tents, trailers, and RV’s. Electrical hookups are not available; water is available from the various shared spigots throughout the campground. Bathrooms are either outhouses or pit toilets, there are no shower facilities. There are two Adirondack style shelters available by reservation, for group camping (limited to 20 persons each).

Glocester Heritage Park

Heritage ParkRte. 44 to Chestnut Rd. Glocester RI 02814 401-568-6209 Walking trails, cross country skiing with trails of up to one and a half miles in length circling the park. Parents will love the short hike, about 1.75 miles, perfect for little children. The trail is overflowing with wildlife. Along the trail are birdfeeders, picnic tables, a play area and shepherd’s hut, a reproduction of the huts used earlier. Google Map

Jenks Park

Jenks ParkBroad St. Central Falls, RI 02863 401-727-7455 Built on land donated to the city by Alvin Jenks in 1890, the Park contains the Cogswell Clock Tower, erected in 1904. The Tower stands atop Dexter’s Ledge, which was used as an Indian lookout during King Phillip’s War in 1676. There is no charge to climb. Google Map

Joseph O. “Brock” Blanchard Memorial Management Area

Joseph O. "Brock" Blanchard Memorial Management Area562 Round Top Road Burrillville, RI  02830 The site provides access to about 210 acres of forested habitat, lush Hemlock forests, swampland abundant with wildlife, nearly 3 miles of maintained trail, access to the Nipmuc River and opportunities for an educational outdoor classroom.  The Boy Scouts of America, Pascoag Troop 100 have rebuilt a number of wetland crossing log passes, created a series of outdoor benches for an outdoor classroom, post marked special habitat areas along the trail which identify key vegetation and built two kiosks for user information.  The trail is marked with white tree brandishes so users can navigate around the site trail and to the river access point. Google Map<br>

Lime Rock Preserve

Lime Rock PreserveWilbur Rd. Lincoln RI 02865 A beautiful and unique habitat which supports more rare plant species than any other site in Rhode Island. Lime Rock Preserve is an excellent place to watch the seasons change, explore walking trails, or look for animals and plants like migrant warblers. Ledges of dolomitic marble produce a special calcareous soil that nurtures 30 rare plant species – more than any other site in Rhode Island. Beautiful ferns and wildflowers grow along ridges of recrystallized limestone. In winter, look for animal tracks in the snow and learn to identify trees and shrubs by their silhouettes and buds. In fall, watch deciduous trees change color and walk along paths carpeted by bright orange and yellow leaves. Google Map

Lincoln Woods State Park

Lincoln Woods State Park 2 Manchester Print Works Rd., Rte. 146 & Rte. 123 Lincoln, RI 02865 401-723-7892  Features one of the area’s largest freshwater beaches, the park includes swimming, picnicking, boating, baseball, freshwater fishing, horseback riding, naturalist and recreational programs, road races, special events, walking and jogging, camping, snowmobiling, bouldering, and ice skating. There are 92 picnic tables and fireplace sites, 2 picnic shelters, 2 games fields, 1 little league field, 10 miles of bridal trails, a boat ramp, bathhouse, concession stand and information office. A new addition to the park is the Eastern Mountain Sports kayak school. Hosts weddings with a capacity of 100 on a field and is same sex friendly for weddings. Google Map

Long Pond Woods

Long Pond WoodsSmithfield, Rhode Island 401-949-5454  The 220 acres of rocky and steep terrain harbors dense groves of mountain laurel and rhododendron bursting with flowers in the spring and towering oaks and hemlocks. The view from a rock outcrop high above Long Pond is like no other in the refuge system. Trails connect to a system that goes into Connecticut wildlife refuge, bird watching trail, hiking trail, wildlife viewing. Google Map

Manville – Below Dam Canoe Launch and Park

wpmanville1Lincoln, RI  02865   Flows between natural, wooded banks that are quite pretty for the most part. The river between Manville and Albion is largely flatwater but there is one section of quickwater. It is 1.3 miles to the Albion Dam where there is a relatively easy portage.  If you have driven to the bike path parking lot, as described below in the driving directions, then to get to the river look for a building on the right called “Sycamore Landing,” just past the parking lot. Small park and close to the bike path. Google Maps

Monastery Park

Monastery Park1464 Diamond Hill Rd. Cumberland, RI  02864  401-334-9996 Site of a former Cistercian Monastery, contains jogging and walking trails, library, playgrounds and gardens. Hosts weddings with Diamond Hill Park. Google Map

North-South Trail

North South Trail75 mile trail runs the entire length of the state from the Atlantic Ocean to the Massachusetts border. The path passes through eight eight state-owned wildlife management areas (Buck Hill, George Washington, Durfee Hill, Killingly Pond, Nicholas Farm, Arcadia, Carolina and Burlingame) and Burlingame State Park. There are entrances to the trail in Burrillville in the Buck Hill Management Area, which crosses over to Wallum Lake and other scenic sights. Between the management areas, the NST is mostly on low-volume, scenic town roads. Along the way you will see historic villages, small family farms, one-room school houses, tiny walled cemeteries and quaint country churches. The trail is a non-motorized multi-use trail and is mostly used by hikers. Because the trail crosses and sometimes follows some heavily-travelled roads, a through-ride is not appropriate for horses.

Pawtucket Veterans Memorial Park

Corner of Exchange St. and Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860  401-728-0500, Ext. 225  The recently completed park, overlooking the Blackstone River, contains a monument to all Pawtucket veterans and an amphitheater area seating 225 persons with a covered stage. Google Map

Pierce Park & Riverwalk

Pierce Park & RiverwalkHigh St. Central Falls, RI 02863 401-727-8400 Site of Captain Michael Pierce’s fight with the natives as part of the King Phillip’s War in March of 1976, it is the city’s first riverfront park and includes a scenic overlook, riverbank walkway and recreational facilities. Google Map

Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refugee

Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge12 Sanderson Rd. Smithfield RI 02917 401-949-5454  77 acre refuge of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, the Refuge contains over 2 miles of trails through pine forest and open fields, a library and a gift shop, in addition to being the Society’s headquarters. The Audubon Society has dedicated the refuge for quiet walking, observing and learning about wildlife, capturing plants and animals with photographs, and protection of wildlife. Powder Mill has fine pine stands, a pond and a brook and contains 3 trails and cross country skiing. Google Map

River Island Campground and Park

River Island CampgroundRiver Island Park  High St. Central Falls, RI  02863 This 2.5 acre park is located on High Street, adjacent to Blackstone Falls, one of the City’s elderly housing complexes. The facility is comprised of two main areas: a small greenspace encircled by an 1/8th mile walking track and the Blackstone River Island. The green space and walking track offer both active and passive recreational opportunities and are used by many residents both young and old. The central green space serves as a venue for impromptu active recreational activities (such as pick-up soccer, football, etc.) even though it is not specifically programmed for these uses. The park also contains an on site field house and is lit in the evenings with decorative lighting. River Island Park connects to the Blackstone River Island by a pedestrian bridge. The island offers river views, a scenic recreation trail, camping, and access to a sandy area on the eastern side of the island where users can launch a kayak or canoe. This interesting and scenic passive recreation experience provides an additional link with the Blackstone River Linear Park. Google Map

River Island Park

Woonsocket RI 02895 401-762-6400River Island ParkContains walkways, benches and a canoe launch and provides an excellent view of the river, skating rink and bandstand. Site of Woonsocket’s Riverfest and canoe race.

Slater Memorial Park

Slater Park825 Armistice Boulevard Pawtucket RI 02861 401-728-0500×257 Offers 18 picnic sites, tennis courts and ballfields, paddle boating (swan boats), gardens, dog park, walking paths, pony rides, the historic 1685 Daggett House and historic Looff Carousel, built in 1895. Pony rides for kids take place in the old zoo area that is now set up like a small farm. The Marconi Gardens, near the Armistice Boulevard entrance, is a popular spot for wedding photos, and include a footbridge and gazebo. Permits are required for photos. The Casino houses the RI Watercolor Society Art Gallery. 1 mile of trail in the Ten Mile River Greenway is open with an additional 1.5 mile segment from Slater Park to the Kimberly Ann Rock Athletic Fields in East Providence is substantially complete. Winter Wonderland, Haunted House and other events take place here. Google Map

Spring Lake Beach & Arcade, Boat Launch

Spring Lake Beach Facility50 Old Hillside Dr. Glendale, RI  02826  401-568-9474    95 acre lake. Fishing, boat & canoe launch, gravel slope ramp, no outboard motors; lake swimming, penny arcade machines from 1920 and 1930. The boat ramp is at the end of the southernmost arm. As you head north from the ramp the lake opens up into a 1/2 mile long, 1/3 mile wide water body. Some of the shoreline, including the boat ramp, are in the RI DEM Black Hut Management Area, however much of the shoreline is not and is lined with houses and a town beach. Only non-motorized boats and boats powered by an electric motor are permitted. The boat ramp is a cement plank ramp in good condition. Weddings are held at the Champlin Recreation Hall with a capacity of 300 and they are same sex friendly for weddings. Google Map

Ten Mile River Greenway Bikepath

A gorgeous path with slight rolling hills that connects several parks and fields.

Parking available at:
Doreen Tomlinson Field, 401 Dagger Avenue, Pawtucket, RI
Slater Park, 401 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket, RI (in back, behind Pawtucket Animal Shelter)
Kimberly Ann Rock Athletic Fields, 240 Ferris Ave, Rumford, RI

Valley Forge Heritage Park

Broad St. Cumberland RI 02864 Built upon the former site of the Valley Falls Textile Mill complex, the park provides a rare opportunity to see how a mill was powered by water. Scenic park-educational site located along the banks of the Blackstone River as part of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. Google Map

White Mill Park

White Mill ParkRte. 100, E. Wallum Lake Rd. Pascoag, RI 02859 401-568-2300 The original mill was built in 1834 and later burned. A worsted mill was erected on the site in 1895 by Arnold & Perkins using the available water power. The Mill continued under various owners until closed in the 1960’s after years of service to the community. Google Map

World War II Memorial State Park

World War 2 Memorial State Park2 Manchester Works State Rd. Woonsocket RI 02895 401-762-9717 (Location: Social St.)   The site of Woonsocket’s annual Autumnfest as well as many seasonal events, this park is unique in that it contains a pond with a freshwater beach right in the middle of the city. Facilities include freshwater swimming, picnicking, tennis, volleyball, horseshoes, concerts, ice skating and special events. It also contains a bathhouse, 2 tennis courts, 2 volleyball courts, 2 horseshoe courts, a playground, shuffle board, bandstand, first aid room, and an information office. Google Map