Walk into Winter!
Come explore the Blackstone River Valley!
Join us this December for a series of winter hikes. Together, we’ll check out local wildlife, local wildlife, discover beautiful landscapes, and experience the tranquility of the trail.
Preparations – All hikes are free and begin at 9 a.m. Hikes will last between 60 and 120 minutes (through 11 a.m.). Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and bring water. Weather cancellations will be posted on our Facebook page: facebook.com/BlackstoneNPS or our park website: nps.gov/blrv. Stay in the know and RSVP at https://bit.ly/BVWinterHikes23.
December 9th – Blackall Family/Ballou Farm Preserve
Venture out with us and trek through the Blackall Family/Ballou Farm Preserve in Cumberland, Rhode Island. Explore trails preserved by the Cumberland Land Trust and see remnants of farming communities lost to time.
Meeting at 3751 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI 02864. Parking is available at the meeting site.
December 16th – Castle Hill Farm
Join us on an adventure through the lands of Castle Hill Farm in Northbridge, MA. This farm site has a rich history and deep connection to the Whitin family, who made a textile empire in Northbridge. Learn more about this landscape and the links between farms and factories.
Parking is available at Riley Pond just off Castle Hill Road in Whitinsville, MA.
December 23rd – Mercy Woods Preserve
Enjoy paths of contemplations as we explore the trails at the Mercy Woods Preserve. This picturesque preserve offers a chance to enjoy the beauty of the Blackstone Valley in winter.
Meeting spot just off Sumner Road. Turn off Wrentham Road (Route 121) onto Sumner Brown Rd. in Cumberland, RI 02864. Parking lot available on the right after you turn onto Sumner Brown Rd.
December 30th – Shining Rock
Journey to Northbridge, MA, for our final hike of 2023. Take in views of the Blackstone Valley and travel with us to Shining Rock.
Meeting at 402 Shining Rock Dr., Northbridge, MA 01534. Parking available at meeting site.