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Woonasquatucket River Greenway Bike Path

Providence, Johnston, City of Providence

7.0 miles of trail

3.9 miles

3.9 miles of trail at this site are wheelchair and stroller-friendly, however, these trails may not meet ADA standards.

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Very Easy

Trails that are smooth and relatively level with no steps, no roots, stones or uneven ground. These may be paved, crushed stone, continuous boardwalk and similar surfaces. These trails have a route that is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy loop or network of trails.

Easy

Relatively flat and smooth trails with a route that is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy loop or network of trails.

Moderate

May have a few hills or steep sections and multiple surface types including rocks and roots. Trails are generally well-marked but following them requires a trail map.

Difficult

Strenuous trails, trail systems that mostly involve multi-mile loops and trails that are narrow and may have obstacles such as stream crossings or rocky areas, some trails are less well marked.

Click on the "Trail Map (PDF)" button to download a PDF of the trail map that you can print and take with you on the trail.

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In Rhode Island the primary hunting seasons typically run from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and from the third Saturday in April to the last day in May, however this can vary from year to year and depends on what game is being hunted. During hunting season you should wear at least 200 square inches (a hat OR a vest) of blaze orange. During shotgun deer season, which is typically in December, you should wear at least 500 square inches of blaze orange (a hat AND a vest). For more information see the RI DEM website.

The Bike and the Woonasquatucket RiverThe Bike Path in Riverside ParkThe Bike Path Where it Passes Under the Mall

What’s There:

The Woonasquatucket River Greenway Bike Path runs from downtown Providence up the Woonasquatucket River to Lyman Avenue in Johnston. In many places it runs close beside the river, passing through woods, parks and neighborhoods. The first part of the path, closest to downtown, is mostly an on-road bike path but there are off-road portions in the Eagle Square Area and at Donigian Park. Starting in Riverside Park the trail is off road for 2.3 miles, all the way to the west end of the trail at Lyman Avenue in Johnston.

"Creating a Greenway along the Woonasquatucket River was the goal of a group of visionaries, led by Fred Lippitt and Jane Sherman. They wanted to spark revitalization in a low status neighborhood in the capital city, Olneyville, and identified a potential source to anchor its revitalization — the Woonasquatucket River." (WRWC)

Riverside Park, Donigian Park and Merino Park, all accessed by the bike path, have playing fields, playgrounds, community gardens, and even a community bike shop in Riverside Park called the Red Shed Bike shop. The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council runs many programs in the parks and along the river.

There are approximately 7 total miles of bike path, of which nearly 4 miles are off-road, but some of these miles are branches leading to parks and access points.

The bike path can be accessed in many places. Listed below are some good points for accessing the path but see the map for more options. As there is no parking at the western end of the bike path, at Lyman Avenue, this is not listed as an access point, but if you are reaching the bike path on your bicycle or on foot this is a fine access point.

Here are some of the highlights of the bike path and the parks along the path:

Donigian Park: basketball, futsal field, soccer, kayak launch, playground

Rising Sun Mills: Murals by Nick Guilbert, Fish Ladder

Riverside Park: Mural and sculptures by local artists, playground, picnic area, fish ladder, bike program, stage, fish ladder, historic artifacts, community garden, parking

Manton Gateway: Skate Park (phase II coming in 2020)

Merino Park: Playground, Soccer, basketball

Adventure Park (next to Merino Park): BMX pump track, cyclo cross track, parkour course,

Button Hole Golf Course: driving range, 9 hole golf course

Manton Pond Fish Ladder: Just down Goldsmith Street from the bike path, on the right, you can see a "nature-like" fish ladder. Goldsmith Street is just past Greenville Avenue on the bike path.

The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council's page about the Greenway

Dogs: Dogs must be leashed and picked up after at ALL times.

Getting There:

Downtown Entrance

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: The downtown end of the bike path starts under Providence Place Mall, near Waterplace Park. From Francis Street, in front of the mall, follow the underpass under the mall and the look for the bike path along Promenade Street.

Parking: Yes: On street, no overnight parking

Coordinates: 41° 49.652' N    71° 24.988' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Donigian Park Entrance

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: Donigian Park is on Valley Street, between Atwells Avenue and Olneyville Square. The path goes off-road here and runs along the river behind Rising Sun Mills.

Parking: Yes: On street, no overnight parking

Coordinates: 41° 49.394' N    71° 26.387' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Riverside Park Trailhead

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: Riverside Park is the start of the main off-road portion of the bike path. Riverside Park is on Aleppo Street, which branches off from Manton Avenue 2/10 mile from Olneyville Square.

Parking: Yes: On street, no overnight parking

Coordinates: 41° 49.192' N    71° 26.877' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Merino Park Entrance

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: Merino Park is across the river and the highway from the main route of the bike path but a spur of the bike path goes across a footbridge over the river and highway and then continues through Merino Park up along the south side of the river, rejoining the main bike path at Buttonhole Golf Course. By car, Merino Park is reached by taking a small street called Heath Street that branches off of Hartford Avenue just west of the highway (Route 6). Heath Street ends at a parking lot in the middle of the park.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 75 spaces, no overnight parking

Coordinates: 41° 49.24' N    71° 27.218' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Hillside Avenue Entrance

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: A small parking lot at Hillside Avenue provides a good access point to the western part of the bike path in Johnston. Hillside Avenue is a small side street off Manton Avenue/Greenville Avenue.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 9 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? Yes

Coordinates: 41° 49.951' N    71° 28.212' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


The downtown end of the bike path is 1/3 mile from Kennedy Plaza, served by many RIPTA buses. Many bus routes also pass various parts of the bike path further from downtown, including the 17, 19, 27, 28, 92.


 

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