Blackstone Gorge

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. There is a hotspot, Blackstone Gorge (RI), that may be used for birds seen after crossing the state line.

About this Location

Blackstone Gorge has a hiking trail featuring dramatic views of the river below from the cliffs.

For paddling the Blackstone River, information is found in the Blackstone River & Canal Guide.

About Blackstone River

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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 hike at Blackstone Gorge.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Content from Blackstone River Official Website

Last updated December 7, 2023