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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.

The Greenway Challenge - It IS a Challenge!

Our volunteers are hard at work preparing for this year's adventure race on Saturday, September 27 (with a rain date of October 4).

The Steering and Logistics Committee plans, designs, administers and, promotes this premiere adventure race. They also tend to required maintenance of the river and trails, access points and transition sites. Some areas may be newly designed for the course, while others have not been used in years.

Clean up includes poison ivy removal, brush clearing, clearing the river of fallen trees, strainers and other debris. Such was the case on August 16 when six members of the committee entered the water in South Grafton and cleared the river for safe passage to Riverdale Mill. A land crew cleared the trail of overgrowth at the portage. The crew then headed down river to Plummer's Landing in Northbridge, MA where they continued their work removing trees, tires and other debris from the river.

Volunteers work to make our river safe for Greenway Challenge participants and other paddlers using the Blackstone River.

Interested in volunteering? Contact Barbara Dixon at 401-762-0250, ext 5503 or barbara_dixon@partner.nps.gov.

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