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!

Providence Paddle Tours

The Woonasquatucket River: Source to Sea

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This year, join the WRWC as we explore the full length of the 19-mile Woonasquatucket River – from top to bottom, North Smithfield to Downtown Providence. We’ll paddle, bike and hike, highlighting the different types of environments as we explore the length of this Rhode Island treasure.

Saturday, May 28th, 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.

Sunday, June 5th, 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.

Saturday, June 11th, 6:30pm: Paddle Downtown Providence: Enjoy an early summer evening exploring this 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. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, June 18th, 10am: 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.

Friday, July 1st, 6pm: Paddle the Woonasquatucket Reservoir (Stump Pond): Paddle the largest and one of the least developed reservoirs in the watershed! We’ll put in on the west side of Woonasquatucket Reservoir in Smithfield and paddle from there up to the north end, where the Woonasquatucket flows into the reservoir from the Mowry Conservation Area. Pre-registration is required.

Thursday, July 7th, 4-6pm: Riverside Community Paddle: Join us at Riverside Park for a free community paddle! No preregistration is required. Refreshments will be served. We welcome minors with an adult who can sign a waiver onsite. This event is sponsored by AARP-Rhode Island.

Friday, July 8th, 6pm: 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. Pre-registration is required.

Thursday, July 14th, 4-6pm: Riverside Community Paddle: Join us at Riverside Park for a free community paddle! No preregistration is required. Refreshments will be served. We welcome minors with an adult who can sign a waiver onsite. This event is sponsored by AARP-Rhode Island.

Wednesday, July 20th, 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. Pre-registration is required.

Thursday, July 21st, 4-6pm: Riverside Community Paddle: Join us at Riverside Park for a free community paddle! No preregistration is required. Refreshments will be served. We welcome minors with an adult who can sign a waiver onsite. This event is sponsored by AARP-Rhode Island.

Thursday, July 28th, 4-6pm: Riverside Community Paddle: Join us at Riverside Park for a free community paddle! No preregistration is required. Refreshments will be served. We welcome minors with an adult who can sign a waiver onsite. This event is sponsored by AARP-Rhode Island.

Thursday, August 4th, 4-6pm: Riverside Community Paddle: Join us at Riverside Park for a free community paddle! No preregistration is required. Refreshments will be served. We welcome minors with an adult who can sign a waiver onsite. This event is sponsored by AARP-Rhode Island.

Friday, August 5th, 6pm: 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.

Thursday, August 11th, 4-6pm: Riverside Community Paddle: Join us at Riverside Park for a free community paddle! No preregistration is required. Refreshments will be served. We welcome minors with an adult who can sign a waiver onsite. This event is sponsored by AARP-Rhode Island.

Friday, August 12th, 5pm: Georgiaville Pond Bike & Swim: Bike from Riverside Park in Providence, along the off-road portion of the Woonasquatucket River bike path into Johnston. From there, we’ll ride on the road along George Waterman into Smithfield. Bring your bathing suits and towel and take a plunge into the crisp waters at Georgiaville Pond beach. Pre-registration is required.

Thursday, August 18th, 4-6pm: Riverside Community Paddle: Join us at Riverside Park for a free community paddle! No preregistration is required. Refreshments will be served. We welcome minors with an adult who can sign a waiver onsite. This event is sponsored by AARP-Rhode Island.

Sunday, August 21st, 4:30pm: Paddle Downtown Providence: Enjoy a late summer evening exploring this 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. Pre-registration is required.

Thursday, August 25th, 4-6pm: Riverside Community Paddle: Join us at Riverside Park for a free community paddle! No preregistration is required. Refreshments will be served. We welcome minors with an adult who can sign a waiver onsite. This event is sponsored by AARP-Rhode Island.

Sunday, September 4th, 10am: Greystone Pond Paddle: This is a narrow, winding pond created by the dam at Greystone Mill. We’ll take off from the canoe/kayak launch at Cricket Park, and wind our way behind the homes once lived in by mill workers and observe a surprising variety of wildlife for a historically industrial area. Pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, September 7th, 5pm: Wild Edibles of the Woonasquatucket Greenway: Join Iris Weaver, Bioregional Herbalist and Foraging Instructor, on a ramble along a section of the Woonasquatucket Greenway at Merino Park to learn about over a dozen species of edible wild plants. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, September 17th, 2:00pm: 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. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, September 24th, 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 here. Pre-registration is required.

Sunday, October 9th, 6pm: 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.

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.