4th of July Road Races

Chepachet Union Church 1138 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI 02814 401.568.2518  This event is traditionally held on July 4th, beginning at 9:00 am on the grounds of Chepachet Union Church (directly across from the Town Hall). There are four races: a 5.5 mile race, a 1.75 mile race, a 1 mile race for children 8-12 years old, and a .5 mile race for children 7 years old and under. There is a registration fee, although Glocester residents are charged less than out-of-towners, and Glocester youths run for free. All participants receive a free T-shirt while supplies last. 2016 Date: July 4, 2016  Google Map

Addieville East Farm

Addieville Farm200 Pheasant Drive Mapleville, RI 02839  401-568-3185  900 acre farm. Shooting and game preserve offers 15 stand English Sporting Clays and upland game hunts and 5 stand FITASC and wobble trap.  Fly fishing, 2 trout ponds and 1 mile of native trout steam and a bass lake and dog training and breeding.  Lessons available in shotgun shooting and fly-fishing. Hunting, shooting parties and fishing trips to England and Canada. Gourmet game dinners. Corporate and family outings. Google Map

Albion Canoe Launch

Lincoln, RI  02865  This is possibly the most scenic section of the Blackstone in Rhode Island. The river runs in a deep valley here and the banks are largely wooded and natural. There is good access to the river for launching hand-carried boats about 150 feet up the bike path from the upper parking lot. Look for steps leading down to the river below the dam. Paddling downriver from here the river is pretty and relatively quiet. Much of this section of the river is within Blackstone State Park.  Google Map

Barney Pond Canoe Launch

Lincoln, RI  02865  24-acre pond along the east side of Lincoln Woods. While quite a bit smaller than Olney Pond and less scenic, it is still a pretty pond and is likely to be much less busy than Olney Pond on a summer weekend. Make sure to stay away from the dam spillway so you don’t go over the dam! The put-in is down the back (pond) side of the dam. Google Map

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 & Canal near Front St. Canoe Launch

Lincoln, RI  02865 (Pratt Dam)  This site offers multiple choices. You can put into the canal and paddle north for up to 2.6 miles, where the canal ends at the Blackstone River State Park. You can also put in below the dam and paddle downriver on the Blackstone River. However, this put-in is 1/3 mile walk from the parking lot.  CAUTION: Do not attempt to paddle through the stone arches of Pratt Dam. Paddling through the arches is not recommended for anyone. This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Blackstone River watershed. Google Map

Blackstone River at Mendon Rd. Canoe Launch

Mendon Rd. Rte. 122  Cumberland, RI  02864  Provides good access to the Blackstone River below the Pratt Dam. It is good place to put in for a paddle down to the take out at Central Falls Landing. This is only a 1.7 mile paddle but on the way you can explore the many coves and backwaters in the Lonsdale Marsh, which can extend your trip by quite a bit. The river is definitely moving in this area (trying to paddle upstream would be quite hard) but it is broad and smooth. Google Map

Blackstone River Bikeway Association

Blackstone River Bikeway AssociationBlackstone  Heritage Corridor or National Park Service   The Blackstone River Bikeway will ultimately extend forty-eight miles from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI, the length of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, running, where possible, alongside the Blackstone River and/or Canal. When completed, the bike path project will result in a mostly off-road alternative transportation facility passing through the historic Blackstone Heritage Corridor. 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 State Park Canoe Launch

Lincoln, RI  02865 (Kelly House, Ashton Dam)  This site is 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 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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Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat

Explorer RiverboatBOAT LANDINGS: CENTRAL FALLS LANDING: 45 Madeira Ave. Central Falls, RI 02863
WOONSOCKET: Cold Spring Park, 101 Katherine Rd., Woonsocket
PAWTUCKET: Festival Pier, Tim Healey Way, Pawtucket.

BLACKSTONE VALLEY TOURISM COUNCIL – 175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200 
The region’s only riverboat, the Explorer conducts Sunday weekly public tours, Saturday educational tours, as well as chartered tours, special events, and a Riverclassroom education program with customized programs for students. Tours leave from several locations throughout the season including Central Falls, East Providence, Pawtucket and Woonsocket.  Hosts weddings. Capacity: 40. Same sex friendly. NOTE: Due to river conditions, Woonsocket tours will resume on September 24, with additional Saturday tours added. Google Map

Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat Public Tours

Blackstone valley Explorer Riverboat ToursBOAT LANDING: CENTRAL FALLS LANDING: 45 Madeira Ave. Central Falls, RI 02863
WOONSOCKET BOAT LANDING: Cold Spring Park, 101 Katherine Rd., Woonsocket, RI  02895
PAWTUCKET BOAT LANDING: Tim Healey Way Pawtucket, RI  02860
BLACKSTONE VALLEY TOURISM COUNCIL – 175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200
Public tours take place every Sunday on the Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat on the Blackstone River May through October.

On our cruises you may see swan, herons, geese, ducks, turtles, hawks and beautiful plants and trees! The tour guide explains the ecology of the river and surrounding wetlands interspersed with stories about the people and history of the region. If you have never cruised on the Riverboat “Explorer” it is something you must do; and if you have, you can join with us again and again because every time you go on the river, you see something new!

Explore the Blackstone River using an underwater remotely operated camera the first Saturday of each month. Through October, Saturday environmental tours are available on each Saturday at 1 and 2 pm.

Charter tours are also available. 2016 DATES:  Sundays May – Oct.  Google Map

Blackstone Valley Heritage Golf Tournament

Blackstone Valley Heritage Golf Tournament

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council  175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200 
TOURNAMENT LOCATION: Crystal Lake Golf Course 100 Bronco Highway Mapleville, RI 02839
Annual golf tournament is held at the Crystal Lake Golf Course in Burrillville in June.  Includes lunch, dinner, and awards ceremony. 2017 DATE:June 12, 2017.  Google Map

Blackstone Valley Paddle Club

Blackstone Valley Paddle ClubRI Canoe and Kayak Association., Inc. P.O. Box 163 Wood River JCT, RI 02894  Formed by the Blackstone Heritage Corridor, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Canoe & Kayak Association.Join us when we explore a different waterway every Tuesday night in the Blackstone River Valley. Improve your paddling skills, find the best paddling locations in the valley, learn about water quality, and enjoy a relaxing evening on the water. We launch at 6:15 PM each Tuesday night May through August.

Blackstone Valley Running Festival

P.O. Box 1940 East Greenwich, RI 02818-0663  401-952-6333  Annual half marathon and 5K Chip Timing for all races: Eleven aid stations. Water, energy drinks, and PowerGel along the half marathon course: Bathrooms on half marathon course at several locations. The race begins on Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket.  2017 Date: TBD.  Google Map

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council

175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200
Develops and promotes tourism, economic development, and environmental cleanup activities and sustainability in Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley, including the development and operation of several ongoing and special events, projects and activities. Events include the Blackstone Valley Polar Express, Train Excursion through the Blackstone Valley, American Girl Train Ride,  Blackstone Explorer Riverboat Tours, Bike Tours, Dragon Boat Festival, Cherry Blossom Festival, Culinaria Food Tours, Heritage Golf Tournament, and Annual Tourism Council Celebration. Google Map

Bowdish Reservoir Boat & Canoe Launch

George Washington Management Area Glocester, RI 02814  226 acre reservoir partly encompassed by George Washington Management Area. The shoreline is often rocky and floating bog mats in the center of the pond make for an interesting ecosystem to explore from a small boat. Just do not try to walk on the floating bog mats because you will fall through. There is a concrete plank boat ramp and a gravel parking area at the campground off route 44, at the east of the reservoir. No motors in excess of 10 H.P. The fishing is reported to be good in the reservoir.   Google Map

Bryant University Bulldogs Basketball & Athletics

Bryant Bulldogs1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917 401-232-6513  Bryant University competes at the Division I level in the NEC in a wide range of men’s and women’s sports. For schedules and ticket information, visit the Bryant Athletics Web site. Google Map

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..

Burrillville Bike Path

Burrillville Bike Path1.2 mile off-road paved bikeway that connects the villages of Harrisville and Pascoag. The path is great for biking, walking, jogging, and even cross-country skiing during the winter months.

Entrances at:
Eastern Avenue, Pascoag, RI
10 Railroad Avenue, Burrillville, RI (park at  Burrillville Skatepark, 185 Chapel Street)
65 Mowry Street, Burrillville, RI (park at Stillwater Mill Complex, 1 Tinkham Lane)


Canal Tour: Blackstone State Park to Pratt Dam

Ashton Dam Lincoln, RI to Lonsdale Village, Lincoln   Intermediate Tour:The heart of Rhode Island’s Blackstone River State Park, with a choicebetween the river and canal or a river to canal trail “loop”.This section can be navigated either in the river or in the canal. Paddlers can also make this a water trail loop by paddling down the BlackstoneRiver and back up the Blackstone Canal to the Kelly House Canal Museum. Google Map

Canal Tour: River Island Park to Manville Dam

River Island Park  Woonsocket, RI 02895 – Manville Dam, Cumberland Beginner’s tour:This is probably the most challenging of our beginner tours. This segment travels through the heart of downtown Woonsocket in the first half, and then through forested city-owned land in the western part of the city. After putting in at River Island Park, go under the Bernon Street Bridge and you enter a section of the river lined with historic mills on both sides. Google Map

Canal Tour: Valley Falls to Pratt Dam

Central Falls, RI  02863  Beginning tour: Explore Rhode Island’s Largest Freshwater Marsh Put-in at Central Falls Landing on Madeira Ave. off of Broad St. in Central Falls, RI. Paddlers can travel all the way up to Pratt Dam (approximately 2 miles) or explore several little coves of Lonsdale Marsh. Park at Central Falls Landing for put-in and take out. Google Map

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

Central Falls Landing Canoe Launch

Broad Street & Madeira Ave.  Central Falls, RI  02863  226 acre reservoir partly encompassed by George Washington Management Area. The shoreline is often rocky and floating bog mats in the center of the pond make for an interesting ecosystem to explore from a small boat. Just do not try to walk on the floating bog mats because you will fall through. There is a concrete plank boat ramp and a gravel parking area at the campground off route 44, at the east of the reservoir. No motors in excess of 10 H.P. The fishing is reported to be good in the reservoir.   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

Chepachet Village

Chepachet VillageAlong Rte. 44 Glocester RI  02839I    Chepachet Village takes visitors back into the early 19th century where they can relive what the area was like around 1810, when it was a major stop along stagecoach routes and a northern Rhode Island mercantile center. Viewers can visit numerous antique and collectible shops, eat at fine restaurants such as the Purple Cat and Stagecoach Tavern, or visit the Brown & Hopkins General Store, in business since 1809. In the northern end of town, where Route 44 passes the junction of Routes 100 and 102, sits a barn-like structure called Old Chepachet Village. Nearby, artist Nancy Chase crafts stained glass items at the Holidaze Stained Glass Studio. Management area, basketball, boat Ramp, canoeing, freshwater fishing, kayaking, lake or river access, playground, rollerskating, shuffleboard, cross-country skiing, freshwater swimming, tennis court, bird watching trail, hiking trail, jogging trail, skatebaording, shopping. 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

Clear River at Harrissville

Clear River Harrissville, RI  02830I  In the spring, when the river is high, you can launch canoes and kayaks into the Clear River here and take on Rhode Island’s only real whitewater paddling run. From this put-in there are 5.8 miles of mixed Class I-II whitewater, flatwater and quickwater paddling on the Clear River and then the Branch River before you reach the take out on Slatersville Reservoir. Since this is a paddling run for experienced paddlers only, use the AMC River guide for details.Google Map

Cold Spring Park Canoe Launch

Cold Spring Park  Woonsocket, RI  02895  Provides small craft access to the Blackstone River in Woonsocket. Cold Spring Park is a city park in Woonsocket, abutting the Blackstone River. There is parking on site. Heading downstream from here it is a mile to the dangerous Thundermist Dam which must be portaged on the left. This is a lengthy (1/3 mile) portage on city streets to River Island Park, which is a better put-in for paddling down river from this area. The Blackstone River in this area includes occasional quickwater and class I whitewater so it is best for more experienced paddlers.  The park also contains walking paths and benches, outdoor theater for concerts/movies, tennis and basketball courts, baseball fields, and playground. Google Map

Country View Golf Club

Country View Country Club 49 Club Lane, RR4, Colwell St. Burrillville, RI 02830   401-568-7157 An 18 hole, par 70, 6067 yard, public golf course, situated 10 minutes north of Providence R.I. and just over the Massachusetts state line. Located close to major highways. With relatively few strategically placed bunkers and small greens this picturesque layout offers a challenge for everyone. Country View Golf Club features gas powered golf carts equipped with roofs, windshields, and course yardage guides. Clubhouse, restaurant, bar/lounge available for special events. Google Map

Crystal Lake Golf Club

Crystal Lake Golf Course100 Bronco Highway Mapleville, RI  02839 401-567-4500 or 4502 Located on Route 102 in Burrillville the 23,000 square foot facility opened May 2004. Public course, 18 holes, par 70, 6349 years. The main floor consists of our Waterfront Room with a seating capacity of 225. Spectacular views of Crystal Lake and our 18th green makes this a popular venue for weddings and functions. Our tavern can accommodate 100 patrons and is open to the public on a daily basis during golf season. Lunch and dinner specials prepared by our professional staff have received rave reviews. Hosts weddings with a capacity of 200 and is same sex friendly for weddings. Google Map

Deerpath Farm

17 Cranberry Lane North Smithfield, RI 02896 401-769-3174  Experience the one-of-a-kind dry picking cranberry farm in the Valley. Take an adventure through the farm’s trails. Treasure Hunts! Enjoy a nature-scouting venture. Learn about cranberries at an organic Cranberry Bog. Meet our special guest: local quilter artist and teacher Elizabeth Martel. Her work will be on display. Google Map


DetoursBlackstone Valley Tourism Council  175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200
Provides maps depicting self guided tours centered around geographic areas, subject or types of activities.

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

Downtown Pawtucket Historic Walking Tours

Pawtucket Foundation 67 Park Place, PO Box 515, Pawtucket, RI 02862  401-725-4400
The tour from the Pawtucket Foundation and Pawtucket Preservation Society includes more than 40 historic structures, monuments, parks, bridges, and iconic views of the Blackstone River and Pawtucket Falls. Buildings that have been preserved and restored into modern living spaces or businesses are especially notable because of their importance to the revitalization of the city and are included on the tour’s route. The walking tour raises awareness of Pawtucket’s extensive history as the city moves forward into the future. Printable versions of complete texts for each site are available for download.

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.

Eastern Mountain Sports Kayaking Tours & Rentals

Eastern Mountain SportsLincoln Woods State Park 1 Les Pawson Loop Lincoln, RI 02865  800-310-4504 x4
401-595-1525 (local) In Rhode Island we offer both flatwater (lakes & ponds) and ocean paddling adventures from a number of different locations across the state. Most basic kayak lessons are held at our boat house and kayak rental facility at Lincoln Woods State Park. Here we offer kayak lesson and rentals seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Our most popular basic kayak class at Lincoln Woods State Park is Kayak Strokes and Rescues. This comprehensive full day class is perfect for anyone who has never had formal kayak instruction. For our more advanced paddlers we offer a wide variety of open water programs on Narragansett Bay and off the coast of Newport, Jamestown and the South Shore of Rhode Island. These programs range from two day open ocean classes to single day rock hopping and kayak surfing classes. All lessons are prescheduled at the beginning of the season (calendar of dates available online); but private, group and family paddling days are also available upon special request. Google Map

Echo Lake Campground

 200 Moroney Road Burrillville, RI 02859 401-568-7109  Water/electric hookups, dumping station, picnic tables, store, firewood, beaches for supervised swimming, waterskiing, boating and fishing. Recreation fields, pavilion, disc jockey, church service on Saturdays, fun night DJ, badminton, horse shoes, rest room, hot showers. Google Map

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

Fairlawn Golf Course

Fairlawn Golf Course3 Sherman Ave. Lincoln, RI 02865  Family owned and operated 9 hole par 3 course providing quite a challenge. The course is beautifully maintained and we have a snack bar menu and offer an array of beverages including beer, wine, and soft drinks, air conditioned clubhouse with flatscreen TV’s so you can always catch the score, keep up on news, and of course watch golf. A canopied deck with breathtaking views of the course and beautiful enclosed sun room allow you to enjoy the view even on chilly days. Google Map

Feinstein Youth Camp

Feinstein Youth Camp704 Buck Hill Rd.  Pascoag, RI  02859 401-567-4470 Campground contains 4 theme areas: Medieval Castle (sleeps 48); Old West Adventure (sleeps 48); Pirate High Seas Adventure (sleeps 48); Webelos Woods Camping Area.  Activities include archery; BB shooting; nightly campfire; nature; ecology/conservation studies; row boating; paddle boating; fishing on Crater Lake (fishing contests); pool; sports field; dining hall; trading post. 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

Georgeiaville Dam Portage

Georgiaville Dam  Smithfield RI  This portage gets you from Georgiaville Pond into the Woonasquatucket River. The portage is about 250 feet long and is steep in places. The next mile and a half of river below the dam is rocky and only really suitable for paddling when the water is high, at which time it is an excellent but challenging river run with lots of quickwater and class I whitewater, tight turns, and the potential for downed trees and other obstructions. The rocky spillway immediately below the dam is beautiful but unrunnable and dangerous. The sides of the spillway are rocky and very steep and falling into the spillway could be fatal so caution is strongly advised around the spillway. However, you do not need to go near the spillway to use the portage.  Google Map

Georgiaville Pond Town Beach

Stillwater Rd & Homestead Ave Smithfield, RI 02917   Medium size pond on the Woonasquatucket River.  The town beach is at the south end of the pond and is open to the public for a daily fee. There are bathrooms, parking lot and access for the disabled.  The historic Smith-Appleby House is at the north end. There are lots of houses around the pond, but there are also a couple of pretty islands in the pond with tall pine trees on them. The boat launch goes into the pond, but if you paddle from there to the landing near the dam (1/4 mile) you can portage over the dam and into the Woonasquatucket River. For more on this portage and the river below the dam, see the listing for the portage. Note that a permit is required (available at town hall) to park at the town beach and use the boat ramp. Google Maps

Glocester Country Club

Glocester Country ClubPutnam Pike, Rte. 44  Glocester, RI 02820 401-949-3330   Established in 1929, Glocester Country Club is perhaps the best kept secret in Rhode Island. Located on Waterman Lake in Harmony, we offer a family atmosphere including golf, tennis, swimming, and boating. We currently have multiple levels of membership available and are dispensing with the usual initiation fees through December 31, 2012. Google Map

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

Grace Note Farm Inn

Grace Note Farm Inn969 Jackson Schoolhouse Road. Pascoag, RI  02859  401-567-0354 Located adjacent to the George Washington Management Area, the Grace Note Farm Inn offers FARMSTAY, a unique opportunity to work and live on an antique farm in the foothills of Northwest Rhode Island. Participate in the day-to-day chores of maintaining the farm, enjoy outdoor activity or simply take in the beautiful vistas, sounds of nature and breath in the fresh air. Accommodations, bed and breakfast, inn or guest house, shared bathroom, smoke free, Blackstone Valley and Northern Rhode Island, cross-country skiing, bike trail, bird watching trail, hiking and jogging trail, horseback riding, wildlife viewing. Holds weddings with a capacity of 35 + outside tent and same sex friendly for weddings. Google Map

Harrisville Pond, North End Boat & Canoe Launch

Louis Bleiweis Memorial Park, Harrisville, RI  02830   Small, 22-acre pond with a dam at the end. This boat ramp is about 600 feet up the Clear River from the north end of the pond The boat ramp is in a small cove off the river and the mouth of the cove has silted up quite a bit so especially at low water this area may be very shallow or even largely above water. This should not be a serious problem for canoes or kayaks but could present problems for larger boats. Harrisville Pond is a small, 22-acre pond with a dam at the south end.. Google Maps

Ironwoods Golf Practice Facility

1081 Iron Mine Hill Road North Smithfield, RI 02896 401-766-1151 Ironwoods Golf Practice Facilility is northern Rhode Island’s premiere golf practice facility.The facility has plenty to offer golfers of all skill levels from: A 1000 square foot putting area, practice sand trap, lessons, grass hitting area. 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>

Keech Pond Boat & Canoe Launch

Glocester RI  02814   Keech Pond is a 49-acre pond separated from the larger Smith and Sayles Reservoir by a low dam. This RI DEM site has a cement plank boat ramp into Keech Pond and a gravel parking lot. No motors in excess of 10 H.P. may be launched or hauled from this ramp. Keech Pond is a convoluted pond with various coves to explore in a small boat, however much of the shoreline is lined with homes, making it less scenic than more natural ponds. This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Blackstone River watershed: Keech Pond. Google Maps

Leisurely Bike Tours

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council  175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200
4 hour guided tours take place through the back roads of Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley. The tours provide a fun and relaxing way to experience the heritage, culture, nature and recreation of the Valley, with several stops throughout. 2016 Dates: Begin June 11, 2016

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

Llarma Farma

202 Nate Whipple Highway Cumberland, RI 02864 401-334-1873 Llama rides, weather permitting. Also, llama shearing open to public observation. Gift items made from llama and camel fibers are available, and reservations can be made for birthday parties, picnics and special events. Also, adult Sunset Hikes, special events, such as a Father’s Day Rodeo, are scheduled throughout the warm months. Google Map

Lock & Clue

lockclueHope Artiste Village 1005 Main Street, Suite 1202 Pawtucket, RI 02860 401.484.0048  Lock & Clue rooms are real-life escape games where groups of up eight players have sixty minutes to escape from a themed, interactive environment. Ideal for family, friends, students, colleagues, gamers, and thrill seekers! While in the rooms, you’ll work together to find items and clues to solve puzzles that eventually will lead to your escape. Some puzzles are fairly easy, while others might have you all putting your heads together to figure out. No special skills are needed…except the ability to have fun! Communicate with each other, search the rooms carefully, and if you get stuck, move on to another area or a different puzzle. If you’re completely baffled, you can ask for a hint!

Games will begin with a briefing by our staff, where we’ll review the rules and answer any questions. Then, you’ll be led into the room and your adventure will begin. You’ll either make your way out or we’ll unlock the door when your time runs out. Although these games are challenging, don’t worry – you’ll have fun whether you escape or not! At the end of your game we’ll recap your accomplishments and explain how to solve the remaining puzzles inside the room. Plan on spending up to 90 minutes with us from start to finish. 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

Lonsdale Drive-In

Rte. 146 Lincoln, RI 02865   Restored meadow and wetland along the Blackstone River. The Blackstone River Bikeway goes through the area and the parking lot off John Street for the bike path provides good access to the Blackstone River via a newly constructed set of stairs that lead to a path to the river. To find the stairs walk across the bike path at the upper end of the parking lot and look for steps leading down the bank into the woods. Follow this path down to the river, where there is a good if slightly muddy place for launching small boats just upriver from the bridge. The Blackstone River in this area is broad and slow, making for easy paddling. Google Maps

Manville – Above Dam Canoe Launch

Cumberland, RI  02864   This site is mostly useful if you are paddling down the Blackstone River from Woonsocket. Once you get clear of Woonsocket the riverbanks in this section of the river are largely wooded and natural. As you approach the Manville Dam, look for a marshy cove on the left. Head into this cove and look for the boat launch on the point at the downstream side of the cove. If you want to continue down the river from here you are better off taking out on river right and portaging along the bike path to the boat launch below the dam. This is a long portage and is described in more detail in the listing for Manville – Below Dam.  This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Blackstone River watershed: Blackstone River. Google Maps

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

McCoy Stadium

McCoy StadiumPawtucket Red Sox 1 Columbus Avenue Pawtucket, RI 02860 401-724-7300  Home of the Pawtucket Red Sox, annual concert and other events. Google Map
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Monastery & Nine Men’s Misery

Monastery & Nine Men's MiseryRte. 114, Diamond Hill Road Cumberland. RI 02864 401-728-2400 Site of a former Cistercian Monastery, where Captain Michael Pierce’s comrades made their last stand, and were put to death by the Indians in King Philip’s War. Portions of the original monastery buildings are still intact despite a fire in the 1950’s. Home to the Cumberland Public Library. Also contains jogging and walking trails, and horseback riding is allowed. Google Map

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

New Dawn Earth Center

75 Wrentham Road Cumberland, RI 02864-1109 401-333-1341 Offers programs and activities dealing with nature and the environment that are both educational and fun for children, adults and families.  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.

Olney Pond – Lincoln Woods

7 Rockledge Ave. Lincoln Woods  Lincoln, RI  02865 128 acre reservoir that forms the heart of Lincoln Woods State Park, a 627 acre park just a few miles north of downtown Providence. Popular pond is quite scenic with tree-lined shores, large boulders, rocky outcroppings, various small islands dotting the pond, and many small coves to explore. There are various places around the shoreline where hand carried boats could be launched and there is a cement plank boat ramp on the east side suitable for launching trailored boats as well as hand carried boats. The major virtue of the put-in at the kayak school is the availability of rental boats and gear for those who do not have their own boat. Google Maps

Paddle Blackstone

Paddle BlackstoneBlackstone Valley Tourism Council 175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200 Website provides information about paddling activities in Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley, including special packages and links to resources and information regarding paddling locations on the Blackstone River.

Pascoag Reservoir Boat & Canoe Launch

Echo Lake  Glocester, RI  02814  At this DEM access site there is a gravel parking lot and a cement plank boat ramp that provides access to the 325-acre Pascoag Reservoir. This is a popular lake in the summer and for peace and quiet your best bet is to arrive with the fisherman in the early morning. The shoreline is heavily developed. The reservoir is large enough that it can easily get windy, even in the summer. No motors in excess of 10 H.P. may be launched or retrieved from this boat ramp between the Saturday before Memorial day and Labor Day.   Google Maps

Pawtucket Red Sox

Pawtucket Red Sox1 Columbus Ave. PO Box 2365 Pawtucket RI 02860 401-724-7300   Triple A farm club of the Pawtucket Red Sox offers a inexpensive evening out for the family in a park that’s retained its old fashioned appeal despite renovations completed just before the 1999 season. In addition to the new stadium seating, there is also a new beam that circles the entire outfield to give fans a casual viewing area in a picnic-like atmosphere. A number of special events are run throughout the season and pre-game barbecues and party tent reservations are available for groups or organizations. Hosts weddings. 2017 Dates: April 6 – September 4. Google Map

Pawtucket Town Landing

Taft St.  Pawtucket, RI  02860  Town-owned boat ramp provides access to the Seekonk River just below where the Blackstone River becomes tidal and becomes the Seekonk. The boat ramp is almost under the Division Street Bridge. Parking is not permitted in the very small area the head of the boat ramp but there is a good-sized parking lot across the street from the boat ramp and there is other parking in the area as well. For the first half mile below this access site, the Seekonk River is relatively narrow, but it then opens up into a broad tidal estuary between East Providence and Providence that extends south for 3 miles to the narrows where the Seekonk flows into the Providence River at India Point.  Google Maps

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

Pondview Equestrian Center

Pondview Equestrian Academy362 Wakefield Rd. Pascoag, RI  02859 401-710-7474  Full-service facility is situated on 5+ acres that hosts a heated 120 x 60 ft. indoor riding ring, a 110 x 70 ft. outdoor riding ring, numerous paddocks for all-day turnout, and access to over 75 miles of public/private trails for horse conditioning. Offers many programs that are tailored to suit the discerning horse enthusiast’ needs, including, but not limited to, boarding, riding instruction, training, competing locally and nationally, and trail riding. We specialize in lower-level dressage, combined training and hunter/jumper instruction and training. 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

Pratt Dam Portage

Cumberland, RI  02864  The Pratt Dam here must be portaged!! To continue downriver take out on river right before the dam and walk up to the bikeway on top of the dam. Turn left along the bikeway and put in at the steps that will be on your right about 850 feet down the bike path. You can also turn right when you get to the bikeway and carry across the dam and river to the canal on the west side of the river and the Front Street parking lot for the bike path. This is about a 1000 foot carry (0.18 miles). CAUTION: Do not attempt to paddle through the stone arches of Pratt Dam. Paddling through the arches is not recommended for anyone and people have drowned trying.Google Maps

R1 Indoor Karting

wpgokart100 Higginson Ave Lincoln RI 02865  401-721-5554 Meticulously planned by veteran European go kart operator and former professional race car driver Mike Hezemans, R1 Indoor Karting is an exciting, brand new 90,000 sf indoor entertainment venue for all to enjoy. With two climate controlled, state of the art European style electric go kart asphalt tracks at the core of the action, this incredible new development boasts other amenities such as Prime Bowling + Billiards, a large VIP/event/party room, three other party rooms and GO! Indoor Playground for kids to enjoy while parents unwind. To heighten the experience, FUEL Restaurant & Sports Bar overlooks the tracks from a beautiful mezzanine surrounded by glass and windows to see the action below and the sky above.

The end result is a state of the art experience superior to anything found in the United States. A place designed to be social, warm and exciting, where every component is created with measured thought and pride. An indoor entertainment destination within a larger entertainment complex where you could happily spend half a day, or simply drop by for a great meal.  Google Map

Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival

BLACKSTONE VALLEY TOURISM COUNCIL – 175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200 Site: 98 S Tim Healey Way Pawtucket, RI 02860
The dragon boat races and festival takes place annually on the Saturday following Labor Day.  Races are open to professional and amateur teams with cash prizes for professionals. The festival features a number of artistic and other events and is free to the public. 2017 Date: Saturday, September 9  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.

River Island Park Canoe Launch

River Island Park  Woonsocket, RI  02895  Good place to put into the Blackstone River for a paddle through Woonsocket and on down to Manville and beyond. Coming downstream from ABOVE here there is a 3/4 mile portage around the Thundermist Dam, this access site being the end of that portage, so there is little merit in putting in above here until you get above the Blackstone Gorge and into Massachusetts. Heading downstream from here there is a mix of flatwater and class I-II whitewater so this section is best for more experienced paddlers, especially at normal or higher river levels. At very low river levels (around 0.8 feet and below on the USGS Woonsocket River Gauge) the paddling is easier but so rocky that it is only suitable for tough, light boat such as small kayaks. Google Maps


River Island Park, Woonsocket, RI 02895  Listen to music from Atlantic Thrills and other excellent acts, eat delicious local food, and enjoy art, workshops and recreation.  Morning bicycle rides/parades will start from the north (Uxbridge) and from the south (Providence) meeting up at each end of the NEW SHARROWS coming through the city. 2016 DATE: TBD Google Map

School Street Pier Boat & Canal Launch

School Street Pawtucket, RI 02860  Undeveloped town park has a concrete slab boat ramp, a floating dock, and a large parking lot. The site is popular for fishing but can also be used to launch trailered and hand carried boats into the Seekonk River. If launching hand-carried boats from the boat ramp please do your best to keep the ramp clear for trailered boats. One challenge is that the ramp is narrow enough that it is not possible to place a 17′ kayak sideways across the ramp to enter the kayak and the ramp is too steep to get into the kayak in any other way. In addition, visibility is poor so there is the risk of someone backing a trailer down the ramp without seeing a kayaker on the ramp. Google Maps

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

Slatersville Fishing Area

2855 – 2999 Broncos Hwy. Burrillville, RI   144 acre reservoir with a number of covest to explore in a small boat. The branch river flows into the southwest end of the reservoir, while the east side is largely wooded and the west side having more houses. There is a boat ramp on the upper part of Slatersville Reservoir with no restriction on outboards. A parking lot contains 30 spaces. Google Map

Slatersville Reservoir Boat & Canoe Launch

Slatersville Reservoir  North Smithfield, RI  This boat ramp is on the upper part of Slatersville Reservoir, which is a convoluted 144 acre reservoir with a number of coves to explore in a small boat. The Branch River flows into the southwest end of the reservoir. The east side of the reservoir is largely wooded, while the west side has more houses. There are no special restrictions on outboards used on Slatersville Reservoir. Google Maps

Smith & Sayles Reservoir

Sand Dam Road  Glocester, RI   Large, 173 acre reservoir. The shoreline is largely wooded, but there are some houses. There is a 10hp limit on all motors used on the reservoir. The boat ramp is a cement plank ramp in good condition. At the south end, a low earthen dam separates the Reservoir from Keech Pond, which is 2 feet higher than the reservoir. Park/Beach, large size fish, no fee. Google Maps

Sports Facilities Database

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council – 175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI 02860 401-724-2200 1-800-  Excel file contains a database of local and regional sports facilities in each Blackstone Valley community.

Sprague Farm

Sprague FarmGlocester Land Trust Pine Orchard Rd. Glocester RI  02814  A 250-acre site that served as a farm and agricultural center and has been allowed to revert back to its natural state. It contains a variety of mature evergreens and hardwoods and impressive striped maples and Atlantic white cedars. It also contains a number of flowers and plants, and several beautifully constructed stone bridges that have immense capstones. It contains many stone walls and old foundations, many of them massive and still around, giving a hint of what the area was like hundreds of years ago. Within Sprague Farm there are several miles of wide dirt/gravel roads used by area farmers for generations, and several miles of narrower foot paths created by the Glocester Land Trust. Most trails have a gentle slope and visit scenic ledge vistas, stands of Striped Maple, a glacial fen, an Atlantic White Cedar wetland, several fields, miles of stone walls, stone slab bridges over several streams, the Sprague family cemetery, and stone foundation walls for barns and farmhouses. Sprague Farm is open year round from sunrise to sunset. During the fall this area is open for deer and turkey hunting. During the winter months Sprague Farm is open for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. In warm weather Sprague Farm is a popular place for horseback riding, jogging, geocaching, dog walks, and casual walks. 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

Steere Hill & Phillips Farm

Putnam Pike, Rte. 44 Glocester, RI The Steere Hill area is comprised of four abutting parcels acquired from 1967 to 2010 with a total of 448 acres.  Steere Hill is open year round from sunrise to sunset. During the winter months it is open for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. In warm weather Steere Hill is a popular place for horseback riding, jogging, geocaching, dog walks, and casual walks. The 68 acre Phillips Farm was the first property acquired by the GLT in 1990. Phillips Farm is an historic homestead that was known variously through the years as Phillips Farm, Cutler Farm, and Cutler’s Tavern. Before the 1920’s this farm was the Cutler Farm and the site of the historic Cutler Inn and Tollbooth. The area encompasses a variety of different habitats including wetlands, forest, and open fields. The elevation of this relatively compact parcel (approximately 68 acres) varies sufficiently so that many excellent views of the natural features are afforded over a short walk. Although most of the trees are second growth, many have reached full maturity; among them is a stand of American beech. There is also an apple orchard that is over 100 years old. The extensive streamside wetlands support a diversity of ferns and flowering plants which bloom in succession from early spring well into the summer. West of Phillips Farm is the 208 acre Steere Hill Nature Preserve acquired in 2002. During the early 20th Century, both Phillips Farm and Steere Hill were used for orchards, hayfields, woodlots, and livestock. Recently the GLT has created wildlife habitat of tall native grasses for threatened ground nesting bird species in Phillips Farm and the summit of Steere Hill. West of Steere Hill is Heritage Park, a 115 acres woodland acquired by the Town of Glocester in 1967 as part of the state’s Green Acres program. South of Heritage Park is the 57 acre LePlat Woodland acquired by the GLT in 2010. Google Map

Tarklin Pond Boat & Canoe Launch

Burrillville, RI   14 acre pond with a largely undeveloped shoreline. There is a small gravel parking lot next to Mowry Road, at the junction with Tarkiln Road, with access to the shoreline for launching hand carried boats. This pond is stocked with trout several times during the spring Google Maps

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

Twin River New England Gaming Casino & Event Center

Twin River Casino100 Twin River Rd. Lincoln RI 02865 723-3200 877-82RIVER An exciting gaming, dining and entertainment destination, located in Lincoln, Rhode Island, just 45 minutes from Boston, Massachusetts and 10 minutes from Providence! It features over 4,700 slot machines, many virtual gaming options with Blackjack and Roulette tables and more! This unique gaming facility also hosts simulcasting of the best thoroughbred and greyhound racing from around the country, a 29,000+ sq. ft. Twin River Event Center with headline entertainment, free live music at the Lighthouse Bar, and signature cocktails at Blackstone Cigar Bar. Weddings are hosted at the Event Center. Google Map

Union Pond Boat & Canoe Launch

Reservoir Road  Burrillville, RI  At the northern tip of Pascoag Reservoir but it is separated from the reservoir by a substantial earthen dam. So, this DEM Fishing Access Site boat ramp only provides access to the 11 acre Union Pond. The shore of Union Pond is largely forested except at the very northern tip where the pond ends in Pascoag Village and at the south end where the ponds end below the dam for Pascoag Reservoir. Outboard motors are not permitted on Union Pond.Google Maps

Union Pond Public Fishing Area

Union Pond Fishing79 Reservoir Rd. Pascoag, RI   401-568-9470  8 acre pond on the north end of Reservoir Rd; handicapped accessibility; largely forested shore; outboard motors not permitted; no dock or boat rentals, but ramp available at no additional fee. Parking lot of 10 spaces. Google Map

Valley Falls Heritage Park Canoe Launch

Mill St.  Cumberland, RI  02864  Provides access to the Blackstone River below the Valley Falls Dam for hand carried boats. However, the access is rather awkward because you have to carry down some steps and walkways to reach the river. From the parking lot on Mill St., east of Broad St. carry down the winding ramps until you get to the river edge. When you first reach the river’s edge you will be looking down at it over railing from atop a high stone wall. However, if you turn left and go under the railroad bridge you will reach an area where the stone wall gives way to a low riverbank suitable for launching canoes and kayaks. There is a small parking lot for the heritage park but the better place to park is on the other side of the river at Central Falls Landing. To get to this parking lot, go back to Broad Street and cross the river and then turn right onto Madeira Avenue and then right into the large gravel parking lot for Central Falls Landing. Google Maps

Wakefield Pond Boat & Canoe Launch

Lee Circle  Burrillville, RI   RI DEM fishing access site is on the 74 acre Wakefield Pond, which sits in northwestern Rhode Island, right against the border with Connecticut. There is a cement plank boat ramp here and gravel parking lot. The small northern arm of the pond has houses lining the shore but most of the rest of the shoreline is wooded and undeveloped, but privately owned. Outboard motors are not permitted between June 20 and September 20. Google Maps

Wallum Lake Canoe Launch

South Shore Rd.  Burrillville, RI   off South Shore Road, provides access to Wallum Lake for hand-carried boats only. No motorized boats may be launched here. There is a small gravel parking lot and from there a short path leading to the put-in.  Wallum Lake is a large, 208 acre lake, 1/4 to 1/2 mile wide and almost 2 miles long. Almost the entire northern half of Wallum Lake is within Douglas State Forest, and a large part of the rest of the west shore is part of the Buck Hill Management Area, in Rhode Island, so large parts of the shoreline of this lake are protected and undeveloped.   This lake is stocked with trout several times throughout the year. Google Maps

Wallum Lake Rod & Gun Club

Wallum Lake Rod & Gun Club200 Brook Rd.  Harrisville, RI  02830  401-568-7171  Serving the sportsmen and woman of the area for over half a century.  The club’s grounds include an indoor and outdoor facilities including: r archery, skeet shooting, trap, rifle and pistol ranges, an indoor pistol range, fishing derbies, banquet hall and an outdoor pavilion.900 acre farm. Includes a  banquet hall outdoor pavilion, and restaurant. Google Map

Whipple Field Canoe Launch

Whipple Road  Smithfield, RI  02917  There is no official put-in here, but the shoreline at the end of the road is suitable for launching hand-carried boats. Paddling conditions on this section of the Woonasquautcket River vary greatly depending on the river level. When the river is high, this can be a nice quickwater run down to Graystone Mill Pond. At low water levels you may be carrying your boat much of the way. This section of the Woonasquatcket is not paddled often so there may be downed trees across the river and other “surprises.” Before putting in here, stop at Esmond Park and look at the low dam there (just above the footbridge) and decide how you plan to portage this dam. When the river is high it is possible to run this dam with care. Google Maps

Wilson Reservoir Boat & Canoe Launch

Burrillville RI  Large, 109 acre reservoir with a RI DEM Fishing Access Site on the northeast side. A cement plank boat ramp provides access to the pond. There is a 10hp limit on motors. The shoreline of the reservoir is a mix of developed and undeveloped land, but almost all of the shoreline is privately owned. Google Maps

Woonasquatucket Reservoir (east side) Canoe Launch

Stillwater Reservoir  Smithfield, RI  A the dam that creates Woonasquatucket Reservoir. There is also access to the reservoir on the west side, where there is a boat ramp. The shoreline there is also better for launching hand carried boats. Woonasquatucket Reservoir is a 300-acre reservoir on the Woonasquatucket River. It is sometimes called Stillwater Reservoir and also Stump Pond from the days, now long past, when there were standing dead trees in the water from when the land was flooded to make the reservoir. There are some houses near the shore, but overall the shoreline is surprisingly natural given its suburban setting. It is a large body of water so waves large enough to cause problems for canoes and kayaks can form on a windy day.Google Maps

Woonasquatucket Reservoir (west side) Boat & Canoe Launch

Stillwater Reservoir  Smithfield, RI  300 acre Reservoir on the Woonasquatucket River. It is sometimes called Stillwater Reservoir and also Stump Pond from the days, now long past, when there were standing dead trees in the water from when the land was flooded to make the reservoir. There are some houses near the shore, but overall the shoreline is surprisingly natural given its suburban setting. It is a large body of water so waves large enough to cause problems for canoes and kayaks can form on a windy day. At the north end of the Reservoir is Mowry Conservation Area, a beautiful natural area that includes walking trails and a very scenic section of the Woonasquatucket. There is a 10hp limit on motors on Woonasquatucket Reservoir.  Google Maps

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