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! If weather is bad, we may reschedule events. We will contact all registrations via email if so, and we will post weather updates to this page, too.

Learn more here about how to support WRWC’s efforts to continue bringing paddles, hiking and biking to the Woonasquatucket River community!

“Explore the Woonasquatucket Recreation Series”

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Fall/Winter Hikes

Join the WRWC as we explore the beauty of the Woonasquatucket River watershed this Fall and Winter.

*Schedule is subject to change: Pre registration is required for all hikes

Sun., October 9th, 10am: Blood Moon Hike at Steere Hill Conservation: Join us for a full moon hike to the beautiful and historic Steere Hill in Glocester, RI. We’ll start at the trailhead on Route 44, and travel the wide, flat trail for about 20 minutes to the top of Steer Hille, where we’ll have some hot cocoa and enjoy a new moon. Kid friendly! Pre-registration is required.

 

Sat., November 5th, 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.  Pre-registration is required.

 

Sat., November 19th, 10am: Hike 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! Pre-registration is required.

 

Sat., December 3rd, 10am: Hike Wolf Hill: This long, rocky, north-south ridge runs through the middle of the town of Smithfield, east of the Woonasquatucket Reservoir (Stump Pond).We’ll follow a gently rolling trail that’s about 4 miles round trip, leading to Mercer Lookout, where you can see views of the Providence skyline and beyond. Pre-registration is required.

 

Sat., December 17th, 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.  Pre-registration is required.

 

Sat., January 7th, 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 by dams that created these ponds – reminders of RI’s thriving industrial past.  Pre-registration is required.

 

Sat., January 21st, 10am: Hike Olivia’s Forest Hike: 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. Pre-registration is required.

 

Sat., February 18th, 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.  Pre-registration is required.

 

Sat., March 4th, 10am: Hike Fort Wildlife Refuge in North Smithfield: Located near Primrose Pond, this 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.  Pre-registration is required.

 

Sat., March 18th, 10am: Hike Heritage Park Conservation Area: 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.  Pre-registration is required. 

Sat., April 1st, 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 on rocks. Pre-registration is required.

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

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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.