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Visit the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

Immerse Yourself in Our Diverse History; Enjoy Fabulous Recreational Opportunities


Created by an act of Congress in 1986, the John. H Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor (the Corridor) is our local National Heritage Area, the second in the country to be so designated. Here, the industrialization of America began with the first water-powered cotton mill in Pawtucket, RI. The development of mill villages followed along the Blackstone River and its tributaries into Massachusetts, spreading out across the valley in a pattern that can still be seen and experienced today.

This heritage also includes pre-colonial and Native American resources and history, as well as waves of immigration and diversity of culture that continue today. The Corridor includes 24 cities and towns in a watershed stretching from the headwaters in Worcester, MA to Narragansett Bay in Providence, RI.

The Corridor has many historic sites as well as fabulous recreational opportunities on land and water.

Get on the River
Enjoy a paddle down the Blackstone River. Not sure how to access the river? Download one of our self-guided paddling tours.

Enjoy the Bike Path
Not sure of parking locations where you can park your car to access the bike path? See bike path access points.

Visit Valley Sites
The Corridor has 96 sites that help bring our history alive. Explore the valley sites.

Join Us for the Ranger Walkabout on August 21: Climate Change and the Blackstone Canal

Much has been said and written about our changing climate, but the actual visual impact of it is hard to see here. What can our historic structures tell us about our changing climate? What do we need to do to preserve them?

Get a better understanding of just what is happening to our climate and get a glimpse of what its impact will be to our historic landscape. 

Join Rangers Chuck Arning and Kevin Klyberg as they jointly explore the meaning of climate change and our historic structures along the Blackstone Canal towpath between River Bend Farm the Stanley Woolen Mill.

Parking: Parking is availble at the River Bend Farm Visitor Center, 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge MA.

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