Blackstone River Bikeway

The bikeway is a recreational trail as well as alternative transportation facility which connects New England's 2nd and 3rd largest cities: Providence, RI to Worcester, MA.

photo:  Photo by Sandra Clarey. Type: Greenway
Length: 9.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Boating, Motorized
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Providence, RI to Worcester, MA, Railtrail/canalway joins Providence, RI, to Worcester, MA.
States: Rhode Island
Counties: Providence
Latitude: 41.9064   Longitude: -71.3979

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Description

The bikeway is a recreational trail as well as alternative transportation facility which connects New England's 2nd and 3rd largest cities: Providence, RI to Worcester, MA. This bi-state facility connects 15 "Preserve America" municipalities along the Blackstone River, an American Heritage River. It is also the center of the National Park Service's "John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor."

The revitalization this trail has created along the banks of the Blackstone River has been phenomenal. This little river has an important history, being involved in the beginning of the American Industrial Revolution in the 1870s, and today the river is once again the center of attention. The Chamber of Commerce is so pleased with this trail that they created a website for it, www.blackstoneriverbikeway.com

Although portions of the Bikeway are still under design and construction, we are seeking NRT designation of the completed nine miles. We feel the designation will go a long way in helping move the project to final completion.

Additional Details

Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 2%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: 150
Year Designated: 2005

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Information Contact:
Division of Parks and Recreation
2321 Hartford Ave
Johnston , RI 2919
(401) 222-2632
riparks@earthlink.net

Trail Management:
Bob Sutton
RI Dept. of Environmantal Mang.
235 Promenade St.
4th Floor
Providence , RI 2908
(401) 222-2776 ext. 43
rsutton@dem.state.ri.us
http://www.blackstoneriverbikeway.com

 

Photos

 Photo by Sandra Clarey.

Photo by Sandra Clarey.

 Photo by Sandra Clarey.

Photo by Sandra Clarey.

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