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River Bend Farm – Uxbridge

  • River Bend Farm – Blackstone River & Canal Heritage State Park
  • Oak Street, Uxbridge, MA
  • Trailhead: 42° 5’38.86″N, 71°37’25.49″W
  • First Time Hiked: October 22, 2016
  • Last Time Hiked: July 8, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.2 miles
  • Easy.

 

The big red barn and the wooden bridge over the canal are one of New England’s best known sights. In the barn, once part of a diary farm, is a rather impressive visitors center that has exhibits that explain the history of the area. For this hike, the second of four planned here, we followed the towpath from the covered bridge south to the Stanley Woolen Mill. The towpath follows the canal that was once used to transport goods from Worcester to Providence along the banks of the Blackstone River. Before taking this walk obtain a pamphlet (the one with the numbers in it) at the visitor center and take it with you. Along the walk you will find signposts with corresponding numbers on them. Be sure to take a peek at the river it self. This section of the towpath is a little over a mile long one way, flat, and is suitable for walkers and strollers.

 

Trail maps can be found at: River Bend Farm

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Towpath Along The Canal

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King Phillips Trail – Uxbridge/Northbridge

  • King Phillips Trail – Blackstone River & Canal Heritage State Park
  • Hartford Avenue, Uxbridge, MA
  • Trailhead: 42° 5’58.19″N, 71°37’9.02″W
  • Last Time Hiked: July 25, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.8 miles
  • Moderate due to some significant elevation.

 

Today’s hike would be my first of four planned hikes in this section of the State Park. I had previously did a hike last year at the southern end of the park at Blackstone Gorge. This hike would be an out and back hike with a small loop at the end. I started the hike from a parking area by Rice City Pond. I then followed a dirt service road into an area of fields. After the last field the road turns slightly to the right and uphill into an area of pines. Through this area the trail is rather indistinguishable. There are several picnic benches here and I made my way by them before finding the trail again. The trail then winds up and down through the woods keeping the cattails and marsh to the left as it makes it way into Northbridge. There are several other paths in this area (that are not on the map) but I kept to the one that seemed the most used. I eventually came to a four way intersection. The trail to the right (which I would return on) seemed to head to parking area on Wolf Hill Road. There were two trails to the left. One went downhill and the other seemed to head uphill. Looking to get to the overlook I opted to take the upward trail. It started its incline gently but toward the end it was more a literal climb. When I reached the top of Lookout Rock I took a breather and took in the view. Below I could see the hills of Uxbridge and the Blackstone River. I then followed what seemed to be the main trail downward before turning right down a side trail that brought me to another trail where I turned right again. This trail led me back to the four way intersection. From here I retraced my steps back to the car. I came across several birds and insects along this hike. This park is open to hunting during hunting season.

Trail Map can be found at: King Phillips Trail.

The View From Lookout Rock

The View From Lookout Rock