One of the amazing
transformations over the last decade along the Blackstone American Heritage
River has been the changeover of the Blackstone Canal Towpath that
spans alongside the old Blackstone Canal in portions of Lincoln and
Cumberland, RI into the
Blackstone River Bikeway.
1828-1848, the towpath was used to move boats and barges towed by horses or
mules, along the man-made canal, which was used as the prime transportation
route from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI.
Now, the towpath has a new
life of its own as the centerpiece of a 48 mile bicycling and walking path
connecting Central Massachusetts and Northern Rhode Island that is also a
part of the East Coast Greenway Trail, expanding from Maine to Florida.