The Green Visitor Guide - Blackstone Valley Tourism Council

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The Green Visitor Guide - Blackstone Valley Tourism Council

GEORGE WASHINGTON

MANAGEMENT AREA

(401) 647-1439 or 647-3367

TDD Services: (401) 222-4462

The George Washington Management

Area was the first state forest created in

Rhode Island. Within this 3,500-acre area

are woodlands, cedar swamps, hemlock

forests, ponds, forestry demonstration

and experimental areas. The unfragmented

forest environment provides habitat

for a variety of birds including hawks

and owls. Waterfowl and other wetlanddependent

birds and mammals make their

home in and around the marshes and

swamps. The Pulaski Wildlife Marsh

covers about 10 acres and is a good

spot for wildlife viewing.

There are campsites for tents and trailers.

Two shelters, in a wooded area overlooking

Bowdish Reservoir, are also available.

The 225-acre Bowdish Reservoir is a key

recreational spot for activities such as

boating, fishing, camping and swimming. An

interesting feature of the Reservoir is the

floating bog mats. During the winter, it is

not unusual to see an otter running over

the ice of the Reservoir.

In 1965, sailors from the Australian ship

Perth constructed an 11-mile trail that

they named the Walkabout Trail. It is well

marked with orange blazes. Two and six

mile cut offs marked by blue and red

blazes can be used to shorten the length

of your hike.

LINCOLN

BLACKSTONE RIVER BIKEWAY

STATE PARK

Manchester Print Works Road

(401) 723-7892

Part of the Blackstone River Valley

National Heritage Corridor on the banks

of the Blackstone River, with canoeing,

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boating, a fishing area, and walking trails.

There is about three miles of bike path

developed.

BLACKSTONE RIVER STATE PARK

Lower River Road

(401) 333-1100

Located between the Blackstone River

and Blackstone Canal, the riverfront park

contains walking paths, canoe portage, and

fresh water fishing. Historic walking tours

along the canal built in 1828 are available.

CHASE FARM

100 Great Road

(401) 333-1100

This 118-acre dairy farm was active for

a century. Now preserved as a Green

space it is used for a number of activities

such as summer concerts. Also on site is

a butterfly garden. Park is open from

dawn to dusk.

LIME ROCK PRESERVE

Wilbur Road

www.nature.org

The Lime Rock Preserve is a beautiful

and unique habitat that supports more

rare plant species than any other site

in Rhode Island. The preserve is laced

with trails illustrating a wide variety of

distinctive New England habitats -- rich

woodlands, forested swamps, streams,

open water, and calcareous ledges.

Open dawn to dusk.

Lincoln Woods State Park

Manchester Print Works Road

(401) 723-7892

A short distance from Providence, this

well-developed 627-acre forested park

offers many opportunities to enjoy and

learn about Rhode Island’s environment.

Many large glacial boulders are scattered

throughout the park. Olney Pond offers

opportunities for boating and fishing and

the bathing beach is a popular summer

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