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West Warwick Riverwalk
Factory Street, Warwick

 

The northern section of the West Warwick Riverwalk is short, flat, and quite pleasant. Although the floods of 2010 damaged parts of the stroller-friendly path, you can still follow it for 0.5 miles along the south branch of the Pawtuxet River to the Royal Mills Dam Overlook.

Length: 1 mile
Difficulty: easy for kids
Map: none available, but the path is easy to follow
Dogs: are welcome, so long as they are leashed and you clean up after them
Accessible by Public Transportation: within 0.1 mile
You might want to bring: long pants to protect against the poison ivy that lines the path

Click here for an extensive list of guidelines for hiking with kids.
Click here to visit the West Warwick  Recreation Department website.

Get directions or follow ours: From Rte. 95, take exit 10 for Rte. 117 west toward West Warwick. Go for 2.5 miles. Turn right onto New London Ave. then slight left onto Earl St. In about a half mile, turn left onto Factory St. Park at the W. Warwick Community Center, about 0.2 miles up on your right.

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  1. The West Warwick Riverwalk (a/k/a The Pawtuxet River Walkway Project), was created from the 2002 Rhode Island Preservation, Recreation and Heritage Bond Question 2, where $3 Million Dollars was allocated out of the aggregate ($14,000,000).

    It was officially ‘christened’ in August of 2007. During the Great Flood of 2010, it suffered some damage along its trail way and the crossover foot bridge was washed out in the process. There was damage also to the Kiosk on the southside (Factory Street) that was recently repaired / reinforced with federal reimbursement (storm) dollars.

    The crossover bridge is slated to be reconstructed soon .. and that will allow pedestrians / hikers to walk along the rear portion of the Royal Mills Apartment Complex and further have access to the ADA approved ramp that brings walkers onto Providence Street (Rts. 115/w & 33).

    This On-street portion of the WWRW Trail allows a traffic signal crosswalk to transverse the West Bay Greenway (Washington Secondary Bikepath) and to proceed into Riverpoint COMMUNITY Park, where there is a welcoming Esplanade created by The JAYCEES as an award-winning 400 linear-foot Arboretum that leads into the 1.3 mile Senator Roch Riverwalk. The Riverwalk was opened in 1992 and the Arboretum was build in 1998.

    These two(2) recreational entities surround the multi-field ball fields of the Park and are the center of public gardening and landscaping from April through October. The JAYCEES coordinate several events throughout the planting season such as Earth Day, Arbor Day, Ecology Day & Peace Prayer Ceremony, National Trail & Maintenance Day, Corproate Cares Community Days and the 9/11 Observance on behalf of the Town of W. Warwick.

    Also at the Arboretum-Riverwalk are the National Public Lands Day & Make A Difference Day held in Septenber and October, respectively. The municipality is a certified Tree City/USA Community under the auspices of the RIDEM and by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

    Anyone that would like to learn more about these outdoor facilities can contact: The Friends of the Arboretum & Riverwalk * Post Office Box 348 West Warwick, R.I. 02893 * E-mail: WWjayceesKC@aol.com.

    1. Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that. It must have been left to its own devices since I was last there – which was, admittedly, a couple of years ago.

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