See Breathtaking Fall Foliage on a Historic New England Trail

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Autumn in New England is absolutely divine. The air is filled with the smell of wood-burning stoves, every farm stand has fresh apple-cider doughnuts, and the trees are alight with vibrant leaves turning from pale yellows to deep maroons. It’s the best season to get outside and appreciate nature here in the great Northeast.

There’s no better place to enjoy the sights, smells, scents, and spectacular views of nature than the Blackstone River Greenway of northern Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The Blackstone Greenway is a 48-mile historical trail that weaves through the rivers and woods of historic New England. Nestled against the Blackstone River, this trail provides outstanding views of vibrant foliage, docile wildlife, and early-19th-century architecture mile after mile.

See the Sights

The Greenway is perfect for a scenic drive, a pleasant stroll, a history lesson (the old mills of the Industrial Revolution pop up around every turn), a packed picnic, or a casual bike ride with the family. There is no charge to hop on the trail, and there are plenty of places to park along the winding path. Nearby Lincoln Woods State Park in Rhode Island is just off the Blackstone Greenway and is a great day trip for kayaking, fishing, and leaf peeping in the fall. 

My husband and I used to live in one of the renovated old mills along the Greenway, and this picturesque path is our favorite spot all year round. We have so many fond memories of going for long autumn walks, photographing the changing leaves, and even rollerblading (I know, very '90s of us) along the Greenway trail in the fall.

Go Wild

The Blackstone River Greenway is also a fantastic spot to view wildlife in their natural habitats, both in and out of the water. I’ve seen countless deer, muskrats, fish, and turtles along the river banks. It’s also a haven for amateur or experienced birdwatchers. Migrating flocks come and go with the seasons and follow the river to hunt for food and rest. It’s the perfect spot to see great blue herons, migrating snow geese, and even (if you’re lucky) a rare osprey. Not only is the path an oasis for people, it’s a safe and sheltered retreat for animals, too.

The Blackstone River Greenway is centrally located in southern New England. It’s easy to get to from Connecticut, Rhode Island, or Massachusetts. Even social distancing, families can enjoy their favorite outdoor activities together under the Blackstone River’s brilliant New England foliage.

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Kelly Jensen

Kelly is a librarian, homesteader, recipe creator, and beekeeper. See Full Bio

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