Cumberland (Rhode Island)

Cumberland is a town in Providence County, Rhode Island. It includes the villages of Cumberland Hill and Valley Falls.

Get in

Located off Interstate 295, exits 10 and 11, Cumberland is in the northeast corner of the state. There are bus routes running from Providence, but Cumberland is best accessed by car.


The Blackstone River Bikeway is scheduled to be a 17.1 mile (27.5 km) by 12-foot wide scenic bike-path under construction by the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Department of Transportation (DOT). The southern end of the Blackstone River Bikeway will eventually link to the popular East Bay Bike Path, making a continuous 31.9 mile (51.3 km) route for alternative transportation.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation & Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management have made great progress with a ten-mile off-road segment already opened. The Kelly House Museum, located along the bikeway in Lincoln focuses on transportation history.

As of mid-2009, the completed segment begins in Woonsocket, at the River's Edge Recreation Complex, and heads south through the towns of Cumberland and Lincoln, terminating just north of Valley Falls Heritage Park. A marked on-street route leads from the main path to a short segment in the Valley Falls park. A side spur from the Kelley House Museum leads to a visitor's center, which is accessible as a rest stop off of I-295. Several other parking areas exist along the bikeway.

In the village of Ashton, the Bikeway follows the route of the Blackstone Canal for three miles, mostly on top of the historic towpath. While at Ashton, visit the Captain Wilbur Kelly House Museum, a newly opened museum and visitor center adjacent to the Bikeway that offers free tours. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management manages the Rhode Island segments which have already become a popular recreation destination.

Interim on-road routes stretch north through Woonsocket, home of the Museum of Work and Culture, and south to Providence. While in Pawtucket visit the Slater Mill, the Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution and the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center. From here, one can follow city streets into Providence to make a connection with the popular East Bay Bikepath that travels 14.5 miles along Narragansett Bay to the historic waterfront community of Bristol.

In addition to a sight of relaxation during the day, the night holds fast to a site called Nine Men's Misery. On March 26th, 1976, ten colonists were confronted by the Narragansett Indian Tribe where nine men were captured during the King Philip's War. These nine men were brutally tortured, skinned, and left to rot on each of their own respected wood polls. The surviving colonist returned to his folk, and informed them what had happened. Promptly the men were buried, but many say that their spirits still haunt the site where they were tortured. On occasion, to this day, skinned squirrels and other small animals can be found at this site; a work that is done in the dead of night by the cults, ritualist, and people of the like.





Go next

Routes through Cumberland

Attleboro North Attleborough  N  S  Lincoln Warwick
Ends at Woonsocket  N  S  Central Falls Pawtucket
Worcester Woonsocket  N  S  Central Falls Pawtucket
Ends at Lincoln  W  E  Attleboro Brockton

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