West Hill Dam
Entrance fee at the swimming area is $5; No charge to park at the dam area.
The trails at West Hill meander through large, peaceful groves of red pines and are fast and flowy. There are a few short, steep hills to climb, but for the most part, the terrain is relatively flat, the trails are rock-free, and your biggest challenges are tree roots. There are many miles of trails not shown on the Army Corps map, but which are on the trailforks map. Blackstone Vally NEMBA is constantly working with the Corps to develop new trails.
This is a fantastic place for beginners and novices, who can follow the long, wide cart path known as the Woodland Trail that circles the park property.
It's also located about 1 mile away from the Blackstone River Canal & Goat Hill.
Intermediates and above can branch off onto the singletracks that split off from the cart path. Most of the singletrack trails form loops off of this main doubletrack path, so it’s one of the easier trail systems in the area to navigate.
By Brenda Smith