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Blackstone Park
corner of Rhode Island Ave. and Paterson St., Providence

 

This 45-acre gem contains meadows, woodlands, ponds, wildlife, views of the Seekonk River, a giant staircase, conservation areas, and easy trails that children will love to explore. The small southern section of the park, accessed just beyond a playground on Paterson Street, leads into the larger, more diverse, central section.

Blackstone Park, along with the 1.6 mile long Blackstone Boulevard greenway, is maintained by The Blackstone Parks Conservancy in partnership with the Providence Parks Department and the Department of Public Works.

Length: 1 – 1.5 miles
Difficulty: easy for kids
Map: BlackstoneParkTrailMap
Dogs: are welcome, so long as they are leashed and you clean up after them
Accessible by Public Transportation: within 0.3 mile
You might want to bring: long pants to protect against poison ivy

Click here for an extensive list of guidelines for hiking with kids.
Click here to visit the Blackstone Parks Conservancy website.

Get directions or follow ours:
From Route 195 East, take exit 2 for India Street toward Gano Street. Keep left at the fork, then turn left onto India Street. Turn right onto Gano Street and travel about 0.5 mi. Turn right onto Pitman Street and then take your second left onto Butler Ave. Go about 0.25 mi and turn right onto Rhode Island Ave. The park is at the end of the street. Park along Rhode Island Ave. or on Paterson St. The trail head is just south of the playground on Paterson St.

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