Rhode Island, Blackstone River Gorge Trail

Location:Blackstone River State Park
State:Rhode Island
Area: North Smithfield RI
Trail Type:Natural surface
Difficulty: Moderate

The Blackstone River offers scenery that is unmatched in New England

Trail Information:

This trail traverses what may be the most aweinspiring area of the
Blackstone River and its last wild stretch of rolling white waters.
From the trail, you can stand on the cliffs, rocky and craggy and look down into the water approximately 80 feet below.

The Blackstone River cascades over the Rolling Dam and provides a rare glimpse of the heavily industrialized river as it looked 200 years ago. When the water levels are low, while many stepping stones allow you to have free access in crossing the river.

DIRECTIONS: Follow Rte. 146 north to exit Rtes. 5/102. Go right at the end of the ramp onto Rte. 146A. At 1st light, to left onto St. Paul Street. Follow to end into Blackstone, Mass. Turn left onto Rte. 122 north, then bear left at next intersection (watch for Heritage Corridor site signs). After .6 mile, cross over bridge, then go left onto County Street. Park at the end of the street. The Rolling Dam is straight ahead; the gorge is through the woods on the left. There is a small parking lot.

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