Blackstone River Bikeway

The Blackstone River Bikeway is the state's third-longest bike path, stretching 11.6 miles from Woonsocket to Cumberland. Our goal is to connect Providence to the Massachusetts border through a series of on-road and off-road segments. Get Map »

While the path ends in Cumberland, experienced riders can find their way to Providence and the start of the East Bay Bike Path through a series of on-road markers called "sharrows." On-Road Markers Map »

Construction History

The bikeway has been built in many phases since 1998.

Chronological Listing

  • 1998: Front Street to the Ashton Viaduct, Lincoln (3.3 miles)
  • 2001: Ashton Viaduct, Cumberland, to New River Road, Lincoln (3 miles)
  • 2002: Ashton Bikeway Bridge, Lincoln and Cumberland (500 feet)
  • 2005: Former Lonsdale Drive-In, Lincoln, to Pratt Dam, Lincoln (1 mile)
  • 2006: Blackstone River Bikeway Visitor Center (off I-295 North) and spur to main path
  • 2007: New River Road, Lincoln, to Woonsocket Water Treatment Plant, Woonsocket (2 miles)
  • 2007: Berkeley-Martin Bridge reconstruction removes at-grade crossing of bikeway and busy street, Lincoln
  • 2008: Through River's Edge Park to Davison Avenue, Woonsocket (0.9 miles)
  • 2008: Former Lonsdale Drive-In, Lincoln, to Heritage Park, Cumberland (1 mile)
  • 2009: Woonsocket Water Treatment Plant to River's Edge Park, Woonsocket (0.4 miles)
  • 2011: Pitman Square, Providence to Pawtucket Landing, Pawtucket (4 miles)

Path Features & Riding Experience

The path follows the Blackstone River wherever possible, including on the tow paths of the historic Blackstone Canal. This highly scenic bikeway crosses the river many times, offering views of waterfalls, marshes and wildlife. Many old mills line the river too, evidence of the impact of the Industrial Revolution that earned the Blackstone the title of the "hardest-working river in America." Learn more about the path's history.

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  • Starting in Providence (recommended for experienced on-road riders only), follow bike lanes and bike routes marked with "sharrows" from India Point Park toward Blackstone Boulevard. You'll follow numerous local roads in the East Side of Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls and into Cumberland.
  • Not far from Cumberland Town Hall and Valley Falls Park, pick up the start of the off-road path. You'll ride over a 14-foot wide, 540-foot long elevated boardwalk that allows the bikeway to pass through the Lonsdale marsh in an environmentally responsible manner.
  • After crossing Route 123 (John Street), you enter the site of the former Lonsdale Drive-In. The drive-in was demolished and a portion of the land was returned to wetlands to aid in flood control and build habitat for many species that call the river home.
  • Next up is a crossing of the large Pratt Dam, including a spillway that is a real testament to the power of the river with swift currents during high water periods or after a heavy rainstorm.
  • After the dam you'll pick up the original segment of the bikeway, following the Blackstone Canal on the left and the main waters of the Blackstone River on the right.
  • Heading north, watch for the striking Berkeley-Martin Bridge, which was reconstructed in 2007 with a modern structure that included a nod to the past with decorative wood trusses. This project also removed an at-grade crossing of the bikeway and now riders pass under the busy Martin Street instead of trying to cross it.
  • Upon reaching the historic Kelley House and the towering Ashton Viaduct Bridge, you'll cross the river on a pedestrian steel-arch bridge to another path segment on the right bank of the river.
  • Next, the path crosses over the Providence & Worcester Railroad line before crossing a decorative iron bridge in the village of Albion.
  • Riding again on the left side of the river, you get a great view of the large Albion and Manville dams, with pull outs to get off the path and enjoy the view.
  • The next segment of bikeway is very close to the river here, offering an up close look at wildlife and the river.
  • Shortly after passing the Woonsocket Water Treatment Plant, you'll finish your ride at River's Edge Park, a large recreation area with ball fields. The path extends through the park to Davison Avenue.

Maintenance Questions

Spot graffiti, trash, or other maintenance problems? Contact the R.I. Department of Environmental Management, Division of Parks and Recreation at (401) 222-2632.

Parking Information

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