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 where 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 spreading out across the valley in a pattern that can still be seen and experienced today in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The Blackstone Heritage Corridor includes 25 cities and towns in a watershed stretching from the Leicester and Worcester, MA to Narragansett Bay in Providence, RI.
The Blackstone Heritage 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 Blackstone Heritage Corridor includes hundreds of sites that help bring our history alive. Explore the valley sites.
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