The Blackstone Gorge
Hidden right at the Rhode Island
& Massachusetts border is the only remaining wild portion of the Blackstone
American Heritage River, complete with white water rapid falls, is the
Located inside a two state Blackstone Gorge
Park that straddles North Smithfield, RI lies undeveloped riverway and nature
trails that are the most breathtaking section of the Blackstone River.
Stand on the rocky cliffs and look down into
the river 80 feet below. Here the Blackstone River cascades over the Rolling Dam
past boulders and hemlocks and provides a rare glimpse of the heavily
industrialized river as it looked over two centuries ago.
People can explore the Blackstone Gorge and
adjacent lands by entering through nearby Blackstone, MA.
DIRECTIONS TO BLACKSTONE GORGE: Follow
Route.146 north to exit Routes.5/102. Go right at the end of the ramp onto
Route.146A. At 1st light, to left onto St. Paul Street. Follow to end into
Blackstone, MA. Turn left onto Rte. 122 north, then bear left at next
intersection (watch for Heritage Corridor site signs). After .6 mile, cross over
bridge, and then go left onto County Street. Park at the end of the street. The
Rolling Dam is straight ahead; the Blackstone Gorge is through the woods on the
left. There is a small parking lot.
For more information about the
Blackstone Gorge contact the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor