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Blackstone Park

Providence, City of Providence

0.3 miles

Easy

Moderate

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

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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.

Avenza maps are special, free maps that you can use in the Avenza app on your smart phone. These maps let you see your location on the map as you walk. Download the Avenza App for free in the Apple App Store or on Google Play

Click on the Avenza Trail Map button to "purchase" the free map for this trail from the Avenza map store. If this is your first time, Avenza will ask you to set up an account to check out. However, all Avenza trail maps listed on ExploreRI are free.

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.

Trails near the BoathouseThe Park in the SummerThe Park in the Fall

What’s There:

Blackstone Park is a 45-acre green oasis in the city, with a semi-wild character and many spots where the city vanishes from view. It's part of a wildlife corridor and great for spotting waterfowl and migratory birds. The park consists of forested sandy bluffs that drop to a lawn area, two ponds and an adjacent wetland. Historic features include two masonry trail entrances built by the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression. Fall foliage is stunning, and in spring mountain laurels flower in the woods. A 1.4 acre restored area near the corner of Angell Street and Parkside Road showcases native plants. Most trails are shaded. Trails on the bluff top or next to the river have pretty views out over the Seekonk River estuary. The trails are steep in places; walkers who prefer flatter trails can stay on the bluff tops or walk along the sidewalk at the riverside edge of the park. Trails are regularly covered with wood chips but do have exposed roots, rocks, and erosion-control timbers. Trails can be muddy in winter and early spring.

The website of the Blackstone Parks Conservancy, which manages the park

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

Bicycles: Only on paved roads

Getting There:

Paterson Street 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: The Paterson Street entrance to the park is adjacent to the Paterson Park playground, at the intersection of Paterson Street and Rhode Island Avenue. A sign with trail maps and park information/rules is posted at the entrance.

Parking: Yes: On street, 15 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 49.83' N    71° 22.923' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Angell Street 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: This entrance is at the intersection of Angell Street and Parkside Road. The trail goes south into the park's South Section and (across the street) northeast into the park's Center Section. A sign with trail maps and park information/rules is posted at the entrance in the Center Section. There are two more trail entrances along Parkside Road, including one near the Parkside/Orchard Ave intersection, with a larger informational kiosk.

Parking: Yes: On street, 20 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 49.903' N    71° 22.793' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


River Drive 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: This trail entrance is near the north end of Hockey Pond, just south of Angell Street on River Drive. At the trail entrance there is a sign with trail maps and park information and rules.

Parking: Yes: On street, 20 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 49.864' N    71° 22.765' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Blackstone Field 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: Just north of the intersection of Angell Street and River Drive, a grassy lawn on the left has two trail entrances. The Narragansett Boat Club building (painted blue) sits over the water directly across from this lawn. At the more southerly of the two entrances is a sign with trail maps and park information/rules.

Parking: Yes: On street, 20 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 49.961' N    71° 22.691' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


York Pond 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: York Pond is near the intersection of River Drive and Irving Avenue. South of York Pond is a gravel access road (with a chain across) that provides a pedestrian entrance to the park. There is a sign with trail maps and park information/rules at the entrance.

Parking: Yes: On street, 10 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 50.107' N    71° 22.744' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Irving 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: There are two entrances into the park’s North Section along Irving Avenue: one near the river, at the intersection with River Drive, and another just uphill near the Irving/Loring Avenue intersection. At the entrance is a sign with trail maps and park information and rules. A third entrance on the south side of Irving (also at Loring Ave) leads to a wooded trail above a ravine.

Parking: Yes: On street, 15 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 50.17' N    71° 22.775' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


RIPTA bus routes 32, 33, 34, and 40 all pass through Wayland Square, which is about 1/2 mile from the park

The Blackstone River Bikeway passes through the park and connects to the East Bay Bike Path at India Point Park


 

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