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Visit the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

Immerse Yourself in Our Diverse History; Enjoy Fabulous Recreational Opportunities


Created by an act of Congress in 1986, the John. H Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor (the Corridor) is our local National Heritage Area, the second in the country to be so designated. Here, the industrialization of America began with the first water-powered cotton mill in Pawtucket, RI. The development of mill villages followed along the Blackstone River and its tributaries into Massachusetts, spreading out across the valley in a pattern that can still be seen and experienced today.

This heritage also includes pre-colonial and Native American resources and history, as well as waves of immigration and diversity of culture that continue today. The Corridor includes 24 cities and towns in a watershed stretching from the headwaters in Worcester, MA to Narragansett Bay in Providence, RI.

The Corridor has many historic sites as well as fabulous recreational opportunities on land and water.

Get on the River
Enjoy a paddle down the Blackstone River. Not sure how to access the river? Download one of our self-guided paddling tours.

Enjoy the Bike Path
Not sure of parking locations where you can park your car to access the bike path? See bike path access points.

Visit Valley Sites
The Corridor has 96 sites that help bring our history alive. Explore the valley sites.

Join Us for the Final Ranger Walkabout on Thursday, August 28: Rain Garden at Slatersville Public Library

A rain garden is a specialized garden that collects rainwater runoff from paved areas and other hard surfaces. Rain gardens soak up the stormwater, helping to reduce runoff into storm drains or nearby bodies of water, which can cause erosion and water pollution.

Join our partners from the Blackstone River Coalition to learn about some rain gardens they have built, some plans for a new garden in Slatersville, and pick up some tips on how you can make your own rain garden to help protect the Blackstone Watershed.

Parking: Parking is available at the North Smithfield Public Library parking lot at 20 Main Street, Slatersville, (North Smithfield), RI.

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