Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Audubon Society of Rhode Island12 Sanderson Rd. Smithfield, RI 02917 401-949-5454 Environmental organization that manages the Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary, dedicated to the preservation of bird life. The refuge is the headquarters for the Society and offers a library, gift shop, teacher’s resource center, and bird-feeding station. 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 Visitor Center (Outpost)

295 North, in-between Exits 9 and 10  Lincoln, RI  02865  401-333-2242 The Visitor Center provides ample parking, large restrooms, pay phones, ATM, and free Wi-Fi access. Maps, brochures, event information, and tourism counselors are also available. In addition to traditional visitor center amenities, the Outpost provides great food choices for breakfast, lunch or snacks, features locally made goods for sale, provides great meeting and event spaces indoors or outdoors, with access to the Blackstone River Bike Path. The Visitor Center is accessible only from the Northbound lanes of I-295. After exit 9 (Route 146), proceed about 1.2 miles to the rest area. Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 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 Crop Stops Loop

farmloopLeadershnip Rhode Island  Your gateway to farm-to-table freshness in northern Rhode Island. From the banks of the Blackstone River to the Apple Valley and beyond, farms and farmers markets abound. Whether you want to pick your own, grow your own or simply purchase locally produced fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, maple syrup, honey and wine, look no further than the Blackstone Valley. With nearly two dozen family-friendly destinations to choose from, the Loop is a delight for everyone. By following the trail, you will support our local farmers and enjoy the scenic vistas of northern Rhode Island.

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

Blackstone Valley Visitor Center/Center by the Blackstone

Blackstone Valley Visitor Center175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860 401-724-2200 Provides maps, brochures and other tourism related materials, help desk, available to book meetings and special events, movie and presentation theatre, gallery, RIPTA transportation center, Blackstone Shop Gift Shop, a moving kiosk that illustrates various highlights of the valley, and art galleries and displays. Be sure to check out the free 20 minute movie: The Hidden Blackstone and get your National Park Passport stamped. The Visitor Center is also home to the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council.


Mon – Sun: 10 am to 4 pm

Hands-on relief map of the Blackstone River Valley Watershed: Informs visitors about how the valley came to be and the implications of its tremendous waterpower. This exhibit was designed with an emphasis on the sight-impaired, and as an educational tool for school children.

2 art gallery display areas including a 1,000 square foot gallery: Available to exhibit the works of Rhode Island artists.

State-of-the-art theater: Surrounded by a life size 360 degree photo mural of a mill interior, shows the award winning film, “Hidden in the Blackstone,” a film on the rise and fall of the American Industrial Revolution. The stunning light fixtures and 50 plush seats were rescued from the Leroy Theater and restored. There is additional seating for another 40 persons on carpeted terraced seating behind the theater chairs. The theater is available for use by local, state, and national organizations and businesses after 5 pm to hold meetings, lectures, and special musical performances.

Blackstone Shop: Operated by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, the gift shop offers food and gift items including Blackstone Valley, Rhode Island and Polar Express related products and products from a variety of local artists. More

Transportation center: Utilized by about 15,000 bus riders.

Rent the Visitor Center

The Center is available for rental for all types of events including meetings, conferences, weddings and special events. Hosts weddings with a capacity of 400 and is same sex friendly for weddings. 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.

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

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.

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.