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Market Square – Woonsocket

  • Market Square – Blackstone River Bikeway
  • Market Square, Woonsocket, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°59’59.80″N, 71°31’1.79″W
  • Last Time Hiked: November 17, 2021
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.2 miles
  • Easy, paved bike path.

A new section of the Blackstone River Bikeway has arrived in central Woonsocket. The short six tenths of a mile section is all off road from Market Square easterly crossing Main Street to Truman Drive where it crosses then follows the road northerly to its end. After crossing under Court Street you will catch glimpses of the Blackstone River through the trees. At the end turn around and retrace your steps for a 1.2 mile walk.

Trail Map: Market Square.


Blackstone River Bikeway Along Truman Drive

Booth Pond – North Smithfield/Woonsocket

  • Booth Pond Conservation Area
  • Dowling Village Boulevard, North Smithfield, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°58’44.15″N, 71°30’21.44″W
  • Last Time Hiked: July 10, 2021
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.8 miles
  • Fairly easy, some significant elevation.

A hidden gem behind a bustling shopping area preserved from further development. Starting by a kiosk at the Dowling Village Apartments follow the access trail through a power line easement and into the woods. For this hike we turned left at the first intersection onto the Booth Pond Trail and followed it to the southern shore of the pond. Here you will find evidence of beaver activity and their handy work of tree trimming. Continuing along the trail we then turned left at the next major intersection onto the Border Trail. This trail straddles the town line with Woonsocket. The trail bears to the right when it reaches the pond again. From here we continued pass the “Seasonal Passage”. This area is quite unique as the trail dips substantially below the water level of the pond. A wall of logs and branches of a beaver dam holds the pond back. There is a rocky outcrop just after the dip that looks over the northern end of the pond. This is a good spot to take in the views. From here we continued ahead to a multiple trail intersection. Here we turned to the right onto the Pitch Pine Trail. This trail looks as if was an old cart path as it climbs steadily uphill most of its length. We ignored the trails to the left and then on the right on the way up the hill until we found the trail that turns to the right and goes through the Pitch Pine Grove. At the end of that trail we then turned right onto the Border Trail for a bit and then left onto the Vista Trail back into North Smithfield. We soon passed a trail to the right that we would later exit on. soon we turned left onto a trail to the left that continued to climb uphill a bit until it reached the power lines. We turned right here and followed the trail to the overlook. From the overlook we followed the Vista Trail north and then turned left (trail we passed earlier) and scaled downhill passing some impressive ledges. We then turned left onto the Booth Pond Trail and retraced our steps back to the entrance. There are no blazed trails here (yet) however maps are available at the kiosk. There are many more trails here to explore if you are looking to look around a little further.

Map can be found at: Booth Pond


Visitor to Booth Pond

World War II Park – Woonsocket

  • World War II Memorial State Park
  • East School Street, Woonsocket, RI
  • Trailhead: 42° 0’38.43″N, 71°30’37.60″W
  • Last Time Hiked: May 1, 2016
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.6 miles
  • Easy.

This small state park in the urban surrounding of Woonsocket has been going through a rather extensive overhaul. The walking paths here are new and a waterpark has been added. There is also a playground here as well as a baseball field. There are memorials here commemorating the parks namesake.


West Entrance of the Park

Dunn Park – Woonsocket


Dunn Park has a short walking path that winds around the perimeter of the park. There is also a playground, as well as a football/soccer field, baseball fields, tennis courts, and a basketball court here at the park.


Path at Dunn Park

Globe Park – Woonsocket

This city park next to the Globe Park Elementary School offers a short walking path. The park has a playground, tennis courts, and a basketball court. The highlight of the park is a small pond. There is also a short trail that runs along the hill on the backside of the park.


Pond at Globe Park

Cold Spring Park – Woonsocket

  • Cold Spring Park
  • Katherine Road, Woonsocket, RI
  • Trailhead: 42° 0’34.42″N, 71°31’28.90″W
  • Last Time Hiked: July 24, 2015
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.5 miles
  • Easy with slight elevation.

Cold Spring Park in Woonsocket is a combination of sports facilities and a city park. By following the paths and roads in the park you can achieve a half mile loop for a walk. The park features a couple ball fields, a playground, and a canoe launch along the Blackstone River.

I did not find a trail map for the walk.

The Blackstone River At Cold Spring Park.

The Blackstone River At Cold Spring Park.

Cass Park – Woonsocket

Cass Park offers a little of everything including a pond, waterfall, and small stream. The park, next to Woonsocket High School, also is the home to several sports field including a couple baseball fields, a soccer field, a track, as well as tennis and basketball courts. There is a small path that hugs the pond and an access road that wanders through the property connecting the different fields. There is also an undefined trail system that runs through the woods that are here. Combining all of these, I managed to get a mile long walk at this park.

I did not find a trail map for the walk.

The Road In Cass Park.

The Road In Cass Park.

River Island Park – Woonsocket

Over the winter I was doing some research and came across the book “A Guide To Rhode Island’s Natural Places”. There were several parks in Woonsocket listed in the book. Today I decided to check some of them out. River Island Park would be the first of three in the city I would visit. This small park is wedged between downtown Woonsocket and the Blackstone River. There are some walking paths here and a few access points to the river including a canoe launch. At the time of my visit several geese and ducks were on the shore of the river.

I did not find a trail map for the walk.

The Blackstone River At River Island Park.

The Blackstone River At River Island Park.

Blackstone River North – Woonsocket/North Smithfield/Lincoln

  • Blackstone River Bikeway – North
  • Davison Avenue, Woonsocket, RI
  • Trailhead: 42° 0’2.26″N, 71°29’54.91″W
  • Last Time Hiked: May 6, 2015
  • Approximate distance hiked: 3.1 miles
  • Easy.

I’ve decided to walk the Blackstone River Bikeway and take in the sights along the way. I’ve broken it up into three sections, all around 3 miles in length. The route I describe will be a one way route, therefore, if you are not doing a car spot you must double the distance listed. I also decided to start in Woonsocket and work my way south for this walk. Starting from the parking area on Davison Avenue, the bike path first follows an access road to the athletic complex. Soon we were passing a soccer field and then following the bike path that lies between the Blackstone River and the Providence & Worcester railroad tracks. Along the bike path there are mile markers. The distances listed are the miles to Providence. Interesting enough there are mile markers along the railroad as well. The “P” stands for Providence and the “W” stands for Worcester. We came across some ducks and swans in some of the inlets of the river. The trees were in spring bloom and the colors were reminiscence of autumn. Next we came to a granite marker with the names of the three towns that converge here. Soon we were passing under the highway bridge that carries Route 99 over the Blackstone. From under the bridge you can get a sense of how deep the valley is here by how high the bridge is. We then came to an area along the river that had a channel next to it. This is one of the sections of what is left of the Blackstone Canal. The canal was built in the 1820’s to connect Providence and Worcester. It would remain in operation until the late 1840’s. By then the railroad had become the primary means of transportation. Most of the canal today has been filled in or is covered in thick brush. The final highlight of this portion of the walk is the Manville Dam. It was built in 1868 and a few years later a mill was built at this site. The mill at the time was the largest textile mill in the United States. We then continued passing under Manville Hill Road and making our way to the parking lot off of New River Road. A couple weeks later we would continue our walk onto the next section of the bike path.

Trail map can be found at: Blackstone River North.

Manville Dam.

Manville Dam.