Recreation

The WRWC hosts paddle, hiking and biking trips with its friends and neighbors to share the wonder, beauty and history of the Woonasquatucket River. Join us as we float along different sections of the river, bike through history, and discover wildlife while meandering up the Woony River Greenway! Learn more here about how to support WRWC’s efforts to continue bringing paddles, hiking and biking to the Woonasquatucket River community!

Providence Paddle Tours

“Explore the Woonasquatucket Recreation Series”

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“Explore the Woonasquatucket Recreation Series”

This Fall & Winter, join the WRWC on nature walks from Smithfield to Providence.. We’ll continue to follow social distancing guidelines set by the State of RI. Pre-registration is required and each trip is capped at 10 participants.

 

Walking Club meetup in Providence, some Thursdays at 3:30pm throughout the Fall & Winter : Join us for some exercise and fellowship on the Woonasquatucket River Greenway in Providence. Walkers meet at Riverside Park in Providence and walk for about an hour at a pace that works for everyone.  

 

Saturday, September 11th, 11am: Paddle Stillwater Pond: This paddle takes us through the “narrows of the Woonasquatucket,” under the historic Smithfield Viaduct and up towards the dam at Stillwater Reservoir. This is a beautiful and serene paddle – a great way to ring in Autumn. Click here for more details and the registration link.  

 

Saturday, September 25th, 11am: Bike to Dame Farm for Apple Picking: Join the WRWC as we take a pleasant, 14 mile round trip bike ride to Dame Farm in Johnston for some classic, Autumn apple picking. We’ll have a support vehicle for you and your apples, if you need it!  Click here for more details and the registration link.  

 

Saturday, October 9th, 10am: Hike Connors Farm Conservation Area: Located in Smithfield RI, Connors Farm is a 2.9 mile loop trail that passes by cranberry bogs, small brooks and ponds and features a picnic area at the top of a look-out spot. It’s a beautiful rocky terrain, with ups and downs – there is some uphill traversing.  Click here for more details and the registration link.  

Sunday, October 10th, 11:30am: Paddle Downtown Providence: This Fall, explore a beautiful stretch of hidden wilderness from the water.. We will start at the boat launch on South Water St. and travel through bustling downtown Providence, through Waterplace Park and up to Eagle Square.  Click here for more details and the registration link.  

Saturday, October 23rd, 10am: Hike Sprague Farm in Glocester: Join the WRWC for a pleasant, 2 hour hike at Sprague Farm in Glocester and take in the beautiful Fall colors. Consisting of nearly 1,200 acres of forest, Sprague Farm has several miles of foot paths created by the Glocester Land Trust. Most trails have a gentle slope and visit scenic ledge vistas.  Click here for more details and the registration link.  

 

Saturday, November 6th, 10am: Hike Steere Hill Conservation Area:  Join us on this a casual 3-mile hike through the woods and meadows of the Steere Hill Farm Conservation Area in Glocester, RI.  Click here for more details and the registration link.  

 

Saturday, November 20th, 10am: Hike Powder Mill Ledges: This site, headquarters of the RI Audubon Society,  is home to 100 acres of habitat graced with deep woodlands and interesting rock outcroppings. These 2.5 miles of trails are home to many species of birds and the site is the headquarters of the Audubon Society of RI.  Click here for more details and the registration link.  

 

Saturday, December 4th, 10am: Hike the Mowry Conservation Area: Stocked trout stream, an arching footbridge, stonewalls, towering hemlocks and pines – join us for this short but picturesque hike along the Woonasquatucket River. We’ll hike up to the ledge trail, so wear your hiking boots! Click here for more details and the registration link.  

 

Saturday, December 18th, 10am: Hike Olivia’s Forest in Smithfield: This is a short, 0.7 mile hike, but it is delightful and has some tricky spots to traverse. So, wear your hiking boots and get ready to enjoy the serenity of this quiet, peaceful, lovely path.  Click here for more details and the registration link.  

 

Saturday, January 8th, 10am: Hike Heritage Park Conservation Area: Ring in the New Year with some fresh air on this beautiful northern RI hiking trail! This is a lovely, wide path with rolling hills. On our walk through this section of the Glocester Land Trust’s 447 acre property, we’ll amble through beautiful forest land, pass majestic rock ledges and loop up and around Steere Hill before heading back.  Click here for more details and the registration link.  

Saturday, January 22nd, 10am: Hike Fort Wildlife Refuge in Smithfield: Located near Primrose Pond, this 3.3 mile hike is very near the northernmost part of the Woonasquatucket River Watershed. This loop trail is part of an Audubon site, so wildlife abounds.  Click here for more details and the registration link.  

Saturday, February 5th, 10am: Hike the Stillwater Scenic Trail: This roughly 2 mile round trip walk will take us along sections of the Woonasquatucket, including Stillwater Pond. We’ll see some of the buildings remaining from Stillwater Village, some remnants of the railroad spur that served the mill complex, and pass dams that created these ponds – reminders of RI’s thriving industrial past.  Click here for more details and the registration link.  

For more details and to register, visit WRWC.ORG/EVENTS.

And always…

From quiet ponds and reservoirs in the northern part of the watershed, to urban paddles through the heart of Providence, and even stretches of quick water and mild whitewater in-between, the Woonasquatucket River Watershed offers diverse paddling opportunities. One of the surprises in store for paddlers is discovering nature in even the most urban parts of the watershed. If you can’t join us this season on a guided paddle trip, take yourself on a self-guided tour! Go on a Self-Guided Paddle! (Maps & Guides)

No boat? Take a bike ride! Use our planned bike routes to explore the Watershed on your own or with friends!

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History

The WRWC has been taking people out on river tours since the 1990s, igniting a passion for transformation and learning along the way. Fred Lippitt and Jane Sherman were known for blazing a trail through the tall brush in what would later become our amazing parks and Greenway. This is how we have shown change makers, funders, and supporters the potential of the river corridor as a catalyst for change in the surrounding communities. And since then, starting in 2004, with our first guided paddle trips, we have been hosting more ways for people to explore the Woonasquatucket River corridor and become Woony River Heroes.