Vibrant, Healthy, free-flowing Waterways in the Blackstone Valley, Treasured by All


The Blackstone River Valley offers a variety of recreational opportunities.  Below is a sampling (Click on the + button to expand any of the listings below to get more information):

Paddlers on the Blackstone River near Manville

On the Water

There are many opportunities to get on the water in the Blackstone River Watershed. The Blackstone, Quinsigamond, Mumford, West and Mill Rivers in Massachusetts all provide navigable stretches for canoes and kayaks.

Walkers along the Blackstoner River

On Foot

There are many places to hike or walk in the Blackstone River Watershed. Here are a selection:

MA Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) parks in the watershed

West Hill Dam and Park

Mass Audubon Preserves

Waters Farm

Grafton Land Trust

Cyclists on the Blackstone River Bikeway (photo courtesy of the National Park Service)

On a Bicycle

The Blackstone River Greenway, when complete, will provide a 48-mile bicycle trail from Worcester to Providence with connections to other existing or proposed trails including the East Bay Trail (Providence, RI to Bristol, RI) and the Southern New England Trunk Trail (Franklin, MA to CT state line in Douglas).

Blackstone River Greenway visit the Blackstone River Valley National heritage Corridor.

Hunting Season: Blaze Orange


Massachusetts: Some of these recreational areas listed here are multi-use. This means that hunting is allowed in season. For your safety, we strongly recommend that you and your animal companions stick to marked trails and wear blaze orange clothing during hunting seasons. While some species can be taken by licensed hunters on a year round basis, most huning activity occurs between October 1st and February 29th, and the most intensive hunting activity occurs during deer season between the last Monday of November and the third Saturday of December. Hunting is not allowed on Sunday in Massachusetts.

More details on Massachusetts hunting seasons

Rhode Island: all users of state management areas and other designated undeveloped state parks must wear at least 200 square inches (e.g., a hat or vest) of solid daylight fluorescent orange clothing from the third Saturday in October to the last day of February and from the last Thursday in April to the last day in May, except during shotgun deer season (generally in December) when all users must wear 500 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange clothing (e.g., a hat AND a vest). For more details contact RI DEM or the park or management area you plan to visit.

© The Blackstone River Watershed Association, 2013