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. Button Hole Golf Course – This nine-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 dotted with knolls
4. Hope Street – Find some of New England’s best antique shopping, 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 five 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

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

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, 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

Woonasquatucket River Greenway
Length: ~10 miles
Terrain: Relatively flat with some hills
What You’ll See: The Woonasquatucket River, some woodlands
Nearby Attractions: Button Hole 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