Welcome to the East Coast Greenway in Rhode Island
From the stunning architecture and rich culture of Providence and the surrounding mill villages to tranquil views of Narragansett Bay, the route through Rhode Island is as unique as its history. From city to country, trail users will experience the great diversity and appeal of the Ocean State.
The nearly 50-mile East Coast Greenway route in Rhode Island enters the state in the north from Massachusetts on the Blackstone River Bikeway in an historic region that was the birthplace of the American industrial revolution. Ten miles of this trail are paved, largely following the right-of-way of the historic Blackstone Canal. The remainder of the trail to Pawtucket is on road, but scheduled for development. Heading south from Pawtucket, the ECG follows a series of well-chosen roadways into Providence, eventually reaching India Point Park at the head of Narragansett Bay.
From there, travelers can take a side trip along the 14-mile East Bay Bike Path for beautiful views of the bay or continue along a series of short off-road paths and select roadways through downtown Providence to reach the Cranston city line and, shortly thereafter, the Cranston Bikepath. The Cranston Bikepath, Warwick Greenway, West Warwick Greenway, and Coventry Greenway, all sections of the Washington Secondary Rail-Trail, provide 19 miles of continuous off-road travel. The westernmost portion of the Washington Secondary Rail-Trail, the 10-mile Trestle Trail, offers 4.8 miles of paved trail from the western terminus of the Coventry Greenway to Log Bridge Road. The remaining 5 miles are scheduled for completion over the next several years and will bring ECG users to the Connecticut border.
63% of Rhode Island’s 48-mile route has been completed as trail, and another 24% is in development. About 5.7 miles of the route are considered “gap”, where potential off-road routing has not yet been found. Defining a route with off-road potential through Providence has been a challenge. As with many older cities, streets are narrow, removing much chance of roadside right-of-way being used for trail. However, creative planners of the Woonasquatucket River Greenway have had some success creating traffic-separated pathways on the west side of the city. Planners of the Blackstone River Bikeway have identified right-of-way to develop trail on the east side of Providence.
To learn more about the trail progress and activities in Rhode Island, visit the RI Committee page.
For specific information on the Blackstone Greenway (aka Blackstone RIver Bikeway, under development to connect Providence, RI with Worcester, MA), check out this page, courtesy of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor (it will open in a new window).
ECG Maps and Cue Sheets
The ECG Trip Planner allows you to generate customized point-to-point cue sheets for your ECG trip, with accompanying maps and elevation profiles, or to export your route as a GPX file to load onto your Garmin or other GPS device. The ECG smartphone app (available for both iPhones and Android) makes on-the-route navigation easy.
ECG Providence Travel Guide
A one-page guide to exploring the ECG in the Providence area.
The ECGA is proud to be working with many great partners to bring the project to completion in the state of Rhode Island. Partners include but are not limited to:
- Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition http://www.ribike.org
- Narragansett Bay Wheelmen http://www.nbwclub.org
- Rhode Island Department of Transportation www.dot.ri.gov/community/bikeri/index.php
Rhode Island Mile Sponsors
Greenways Alliance of Rhode Island http://www.rigreenways.org
Narragansett Bay Wheelmen http://www.nbwclub.org
Bike Newport: http://www.bikenewportri.org
AMC Narragansett Chapter: http://www.amcnarragansett.org/