160 Pawtucket Blvd., Lowell, MA 01854

Lowell boasts a remarkable network of nineteenth-century canals created to provide power to the bustling textile mills that operated along the water's edge. Today the buildings remain and continue to evoke the sense of a great industrial city. Visitors can participate in activities, including canal rides, and explore exhibits about Lowell's role in America's industrial history presented in conjunction with the Lowell National Historical Park. A Victorian garden in the heart of the downtown area, and over two miles of landscaped esplanade, summer concerts, and swimming and boating in the Merrimack River are additional attractions at this popular park.

Trail Map

Healthy Trail logo green heart with saying "Healthy Trail" written around it

Park Directions

Rynne Bathhouse and Vandenberg Esplanade

This section of Lowell Heritage State Park is located conveniently off from Interstate 495 from either the north or south. See directions below.

From the North:

Take I-495 South toward Lowell
Take Exit 35 A-B-C for the Lowell Connector/Route 3 toward Nashua NH
Merge onto Route 3 North via Exit 35 B on the left toward Nashua NH
Take the Route 4 Exit, Exit 32, toward N. Chelmsford/Chelmsford
Keep right at the fork to go on Drum Hill Road
Drum Hill Road becomes Westford Street
Stay straight to go onto Wood Street
At the end of Wood Street you reach the Rourke Bridge
Take the bridge over the Merrimack River.
After crossing the river, turn right onto Pawtucket Blvd/Route 113 East
Follow for .9 miles and the parking lot is located on your right at 160 Pawtucket Blvd

From the South:

Take I-495 North toward Lowell
Take the Route 4 North Exit, Exit 33, towards N. Chelmsford
Turn Left onto Route 4 North/North Road
Turn Slight Right onto Drum Hill Road
Follow directions above.

Lowell National Historical Park's Visitor Center

From north or south: Take the Lowell Connector from either Rte. I-495 (Exit 35C) or Route 3 (Exit 30A if traveling southbound, Exit 30B if traveling northbound) to Thorndike Street (Exit 5B).
Follow brown and white "Lowell National and State Park" signs.
Free parking is available in the Visitor Parking Lot next to Market Mills.

Recreational Opportunities

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The swim area is managed by the City of Lowell from July - August.
  • The boat ramp (managed by DCR) is composed of 42 trailer lots, 2 HP trailer lots, 18 car top lots and 2 HP car top lots

Rourke Brothers State Boat Ramp

Route 113 (Pawtucket Blvd.) Lowell, MA. 01854-4902

This state boat ramp is open seasonally to the public to provide boating access to the Merrimack River. All other uses are not allowed. The parking area accommodates boat trailers and car-top parking. There is no fee to use the use the ramp or to park.

The boat trailer parking area and the boat launch is located in Lowell, Massachusetts along Route 113 (Pawtucket Blvd). The entrance is directly across from Tyco Electronics, Inc. located at 1011 Pawtucket Blvd. and is one-half mile west of the Rourke Bridge.