Blackstone River

Tips for Birding

Birders who carefully keep their bird records by the state or county will note that the Massachusetts-Rhode Island state line is just south of the Blackstone Gorge trailhead. Birds seen in Massachusetts would be reported to Blackstone Gorge and birds in Rhode Island would be reported to Blackstone Gorge (RI).

About this Location

Water in the Blackstone River drops 450 feet in its 46-mile journey from Worcester, MA to Pawtucket, RI, and eventually empties into the Narragansett Bay in Providence. It runs through urban areas, historic mill villages, past farmland, and forests, inviting paddlers to explore the physical remnants of its heritage including canal locks and mill structures. Dropping an average of ten feet per mile, it is interwoven with canal segments and flows over 18 dams. While noted for its industrial heritage, the river also offers many great recreational opportunities for flat water and quick water paddling.

Massachusetts' Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park is part of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor and is a cooperative effort between Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor (often shortened to the Blackstone Heritage Corridor) is where the American Industrial Revolution began. From there it sent reverberations throughout the United States. Follow the 46 miles of the Blackstone River as it drops 450 feet to sea level. Explore the varied habitats of its watershed, the charming towns and villages in the region, and their distinctive culture created by influences from around the globe.  The Blackstone Heritage Corridor is managed by Blackstone Heritage Corridor Inc. 

Notable Trails

The AllTrails website has a description and map of a trail at Blackstone Gorge.

Content from Official Website

Last updated December 7, 2023

Blackstone Gorge