Tuesday, May 15, 2012

It's May! Time To Get Out In The Valley

Spring is a wonderful time to get out and explore.  There are some very special outdoor spots in the Blackstone Valley.  Here are just a few.

Blackstone River & Canal Heritage State Park
Uxbridge, MA
The Blackstone Canal closed in 1868, but intact pieces of the canal remain in this scenic park.  You can take a gentle stroll along the remains of a tow path once used by horses to pull canal boats down the Blackstone Canal.   Or take a longer walk to Goat Hill lock where tall stone walls remain from one of 48 locks that once lifted and lowered boats along the canal.

Blackstone River Bikeway
Woonsocket, Lincoln, and Cumberland, RI
Walk or ride your bike along the 10.5 miles of paved path along riverbanks, through quiet woodlands, and across a scenic marsh via a wooden boardwalk.  A hidden treasure in Northern RI.

Purgatory Chasm State Park
Sutton, MA
If you love scrambling across rocks, Purgatory Chasm is the place for you!  Tall granite walls lead to a deep quarter-mile long chasm.  In some places, the walls rise as high as 70 feet above the chasm floor. 

Lincoln Woods State Park
Lincoln, RI
A lovely pond is the centerpiece to this park.  There are picnic sites, a beautiful meadow, and several walking trails.  Don't miss the covered bridge at one end of the park.  Wildflowers are plentiful this time of year.

Looking for more great things to do in the Valley?
Check out the Explore and Calendar sections of our website.