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”

Enjoy the Woonasquatucket River Watershed with us this winter!

This winter, join the WRWC’s experienced Recreation Guides – beat the COVID winter blues and march with us into Spring! We’ll safely guide you on nature walks and excursions from Smithfield to Providence, following social distancing guidelines set forth by the State of RI and the City of Providence. Pre-registration is required and each trip is capped at 10 participants. This Winter Recreation Series is made possible with the support of RI Commerce’s “Take It Outside” initiative.

Mondays at 3:30pm: Walking Club on the Woonasquatucket River Greenway: Meet at Riverside Park (50 Aleppo Street, Providence) and get some exercise together. We’ll be walking about a 1-2 miles at a pace that works for the group. The walk will take about an hour and participants do not have to pre-register, but must follow social distancing guidelines. This event is rain/snow or shine – so come prepared or stay cuddled up at home. Check out more details and register by clicking here. 

Saturdays at 10 am, February 20th, March 20th, April 17th: Farm Fresh RI Woonasquatucket River Walking Tours: Join us at Farm Fresh RI’s Saturday Farmers’ Market to discover the meaning of Woonasquatucket River in Providence and beyond. On this one hour walking tour, WRWC Executive Director Alicia Lehrer will share the ways the river and its banks have transformed from a polluted and nearly forgotten waterway to the vibrant heart of a neighborhood. Register for the tour on February 20th by clicking here. 

Saturday, March 13th, 10am: Hike Fort Wildlife Refuge: 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, March 27th, 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, April 10th, 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, April 24th, 10am: Hike Powder Mill Ledge: Come with the WRWC as we say goodbye to Winter and hello to Spring with a hike at Powder Mill Ledge. This site 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, May 1st, 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. 

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.