Blackstone River, Woonsocket and Cumberland

Woonsocket, Rhode Island

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An educational trip through the historic Blackstone River Valley. The 46-mile Blackstone River, which flows from Worcester, Massachusetts, to Providence, was a key element of the American Industrial Revolution. Its 438-foot drop in elevation and its winding path allowed for the creation of dams and waterpower structures, and many mills and factories were built along its shores during the early nineteenth century. Over the past thirty years, conservation and restoration efforts have helped make the Blackstone a center of recreation and culture for nearby communities. A paddle down the Blackstone offers a unique perspective on the historic sites and history of the region.
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Discover Rhode Island

by Christie Matheson (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

An educational trip through the historic Blackstone River Valley. The 46-mile Blackstone River, which flows from Worcester, Massachusetts, to Providence, was a key element of the American Industrial Revolution. Its 438-foot drop in elevation and its winding path allowed for the creation of dams and waterpower structures, and many mills and factories were built along its shores during the early nineteenth century.

Over the past thirty years, conservation and restoration efforts have helped make the Blackstone a center of recreation and culture for nearby communities. A paddle down the Blackstone offers a unique perspective on the historic sites and history of the region.

©  Christie Matheson/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Woonsocket
Distance: 4.25
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Class: Class I
Season: Year-round; best spring through fall
Local Maps: USGS Pawtucket
Driving Directions: Directions to Blackstone River, Woonsocket & Cumberland

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May 2018