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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Enjoy the Woonasquatucket River Watershed with us this summer by bike, boat, and foot!

This Spring, Summer, and Fall: join the WRWC on outdoor excursions from Smithfield to Providence with nature walks, paddle trips, and bike rides. 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.

Sat., May 8th, 10am: Hike Sprague Farm in Glocester: Join the WRWC for a pleasant, 2 hour hike at Sprague Farm in Glocester and take in the beauty of Spring in northern RI. 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. 

Sat., May 29th, 10 am: Fish Ladder Bike Tour: Ever wonder why fish need ladders? Join us on an easy bike ride along the Woonasquatucket River Greenway bike path and see for yourself! Guided by WRWC Executive Director Alicia Lehrer, you’ll discover the beauty, importance and success of the WRWC’s fish passage projects. And, you’ll probably see some native herring on their way up to their spawning grounds! Click here for more details and the registration link.

Thurs., July 1st through August 26th, 4pm to 6pm: Community Canoes: Free community canoe rides at Riverside Park for children and adults. Pre-registration is not required but every participant must complete a WRWC waiver or have one signed by a parent. More information and registration details coming soon. 

Weds., June 2nd, 6pm: Wild Edibles of the Woonasquatucket Greenway: Join Russ Cohen, wild edibles enthusiast and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, on a ramble along a section of the Woonasquatucket Greenway to learn about over a dozen species of edible wild plants. (With the industrial history of this land in mind, we’ll steer clear of eating the edibles from this section).Click here for more details and the registration link.  

Weds., June 16th, 6pm: Wild Edibles of the Upper Woonasquatucket: Join us for another foraging adventure with wild edibles enthusiast Russ Cohen. This time we’ll explore the Mowry Conservation Area in Smithfield and traverse up to see our friends at Revive the Roots, at a working farm. Click here for more details and the registration link.  

Sat., June 19th, 4:30pm: Native American History Paddle: Downtown Providence: For this downtown paddle trip we will be joined on the water by Lorén Spears, Executive Director of the Tomaquag Museum who will help paint a picture of Indigenous Peoples’ uses and relationship to this vital waterway. We invite you to come and see this beautiful stretch of hidden wilderness within our city. We will start at the boat launch on South Water St. and travel to Eagle Square. Click here for more details and the registration link. 

Weds., June 30, 6pm: Bike to Sundae’s Ice Cream: Nothing says summer like biking and ice cream! We’ll take you on a leisurely evening bike ride along the Woonasquatucket River bike path from Riverside park in Providence to Sundae’s Ice Cream in Johnston. Click here for more details and the registration link.

Weds., July 7th, 6pm: Paddle and Swim at Georgiaville Pond: Cool off and unwind on this early evening paddle on Georgiaville Pond in Smithfield. We’ll launch from the historic Smith-Appleby House and make our way to the town beach, where participants are invited to take a refreshing swim or a short hike to the Georgiaville Pond dam. Click here for more details and the registration link. 

Fri., July 16th, 6pm: 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. 

Fri., July 30th, 6pm – Paddle Greystone Mill Pond: This is a narrow, winding pond created by the dam at Greystone. We’ll take off from the new canoe/kayak launch at Cricket Park, just part of the major 2012 WRWC transformation of this park/waterfront. We’ll be joined by WRWC Deputy Director Lisa Aurecchia who will detail the major storm drain mitigation project in this section and the big impact it’s making for this Watershed community. Click here for more details and the registration link.  

Weds., August 4th, 6pm: Paddle Downtown Providence: Explore a beautiful stretch of hidden wilderness from the water and learn about the exciting plans for development of the Promenade/Kinsley section of the river. We will start at the boat launch on South Water St. and travel to Eagle Square. Click here for more details and the registration link.  

Sat., August 28th, 10am: Hike Wolf Hill Forest Preserve: Wolf Hill is a long, rocky, north-south ridge running through the middle of the town of Smithfield. We’ll follow a gently rolling trail that’s about 4 miles round trip, leading to Mercer Lookout, where we can see views of the Providence skyline and beyond. More information and registration details coming soon. 

Sat., 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. More information and registration details coming soon. 

Sat., September 25th, 10:00am: Bike to Dame Farm for Apple Picking: Join the WRWC as we take a pleasant, 7 mile 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! More information and registration details coming soon. 

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.