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 Blackstone Gorge.

 

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 at 401-762-0250.



 

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