10 ‘Pitstops’ Along RI’s 100-Mile Network of Bike Paths and Nature Trails

10. The Atlantic Ocean – Complete a ride through the countryside with a day at some of the best beaches on the East Coast (William O’Neill Bike Path)
9. Slater Mill – Tour the birthplace of America’s Industrial Revolution, the “millhands” in period costume will show you the way (Blackstone River Bikeway)
8. Environmental Education Center – Take a break at the state-of-the-art natural history museum and aquarium – directly accessible from your path – with interactive exhibits and environmental experts ready to lead a nature walk (East Bay Bike Path)
7. Buttonhole Golf Course – This 9-hole course is directly accessible and one of the best courses for children (Woonasquatucket River Greenway)
6. Narragansett Bay – Kayak and explore some of the most scenic shoreline and inlets on the East Coast (East Bay Bike Path)
5. Arcadia Management Area – Nearly 40 miles of dirt trails await mountain bikers as they traverse 14,000 acres of beautiful, untouched forest, which is dotted with knolls
4. Hope Street – Some of the best antique shopping in New England is here, as well as coffee shops, eateries and pubs (East Bay Bike Path)
3. Pawtuxet River/Tiogue Lake – Bring your fishing pole as you bike alongside nearly 5 miles of the Pawtuxet River, which is stocked with trout and home to bass, carp, pickerel, herring and other freshwater species (Coventry Greenway)
2.  The Great Swamp – This is one of the best spots in the Northeast to view Hooded Warblers, Northern Waterthrush, Swamp Sparrow, American Kestrel, Red-shouldered Hawks, Osprey, Eastern Bluebirds and other birdlife, according to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island (William O’Neill Bikeway)
1. Colt State Park – This nearly 500-acre State Park offers a panoramic view of Narragansett Bay, direct access from the East Bay Bike Path, manicured fields, strong winds for kite-flying, picture perfect groves, and tables for picnicking

Blackstone River Bikeway
Length: 10.3 miles
Terrain: Mostly flat with a few steep inclines
What You’ll See: Mostly woodlands following alongside the historic Blackstone River and its canal
Nearby Attractions: Slater Mill, the Museum of Work and Culture, Wilbur Kelly House Museum and Blackstone Valley Visitors Center
Other Activities: Fishing and kayaking/canoeing
Towns: Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket, Central Falls and Woonsocket

Coventry Greenway
Length: 4.3-miles
Terrain: Mostly flat
What You’ll See: Woodlands, streams, a lake and reservoir
Other Activities: Fishing and kayaking/canoeing
Town: Coventry

East Bay Bike Path
Length: 14.5 miles
Terrain: From the north, the first several miles offer a demanding terrain of steep hills broken up by plateus; the remainder is mostly flat and travels over several causeways along the Bay’s shoreline
What You’ll See: Stunning views of Narragansett Bay, New England’s largest estuary, and Providence, the capital city.  Coves and marshes are also common.
Nearby Attractions: Colt State Park, the historic Looff Carousel, Bristol and Barrington Town Beaches, the Audubon Environmental Education Center, the Herreshoff Marine Museum and America’s Cup Hall of Fame
Other Activities: Kayaking/canoeing, antiquing, fine dining (notably seafood and others) and boating
Towns: Barrington, Bristol, East Providence and Warren

William C. O’Neill Bike Path
Length: ~9 miles
Terrain: Almost completely flat
What You’ll See: Farmland, some woods and streams
Nearby Attractions: The Great Swamp, the historic villages of Kingston, Wakefield and Peacedale, Narragansett Town Beach and the historic Narragansett Towers
Other activities: Shopping, bird-watching, fishing, kayaking/canoeing and surfing
Towns:

Woonasquatucket River Greenway
Length: ~10 miles
Terrain: Relatively flat with some hills
What You’ll See: The Woonasquatucket River, some woodlands
Nearby Attractions: Buttonhole Golf Course, WaterPlace Park, Providence Place mall and the State House
Other Activities: Kayaking/canoeing, recreation at Riverside Mills Park, Merino Park and Donigian Park, shopping and fine dining
Access: There are eight ideal access points along the path, with several of them offering plenty of parking and even canoe launches
Towns: Providence and Johnston

For more information about the bike paths, visit http://www.dot.ri.gov/bikeri/

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