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Rhode Island's Best State Parks

Beavertail State Park
courtesy of Rhode Island Division of Parks & Recreation
Beavertail State Park (Jamestown)
Beavertail State Park is known as one of the most beautiful vistas of ocean along the New England coastline. Located in Jamestown, Rhode Island, the park consists of 170 acres and attracts people from all over the country throughout the year. The Department of Environmental Management worked closely with the Town of Jamestown toward the creation of the park, which is made up of Federal surplus land.

Beavertail's most popular activity is sightseeing, whether it's done from the comfort of a vehicle in one of the four overlooks or from the rocky coastline. The park offers some of the best saltwater fishing around, along with hiking trails and a naturalist program that draws hundreds of people each year.

Colt State Park (Bristol)
Colt State Park is known as the gem of the state parks system. The entire western border of the park is an open panorama onto Narragansett Bay. Four miles of bicycle trails pass along the edge of the Bay and through 464 acres of fruit trees, carefully nurtured flowering bushes, and manicured lawns. Rich in history, it proudly displays its open-air Chapel-by-the-Sea, ten large play fields, and six picnic groves containing 200 picnic tables. In recent years, the park has taken on new significance as the nucleus of State plans to preserve open space and provide additional recreational opportunities along the east side of Narragansett Bay. The park hosts a variety of activities including picnicking, hiking, jogging, saltwater fishing, boating, bicycling, snowmobiling, and park naturalist programs. In the past, concerts had been a favorite summer past time, drawing attendance of anywhere from 200 to over 1000 people to its spacious lawns for sunset programs overlooking Narragansett Bay.

Colt State Park
courtesy of Rhode Island Division of Parks & Recreation

Goddard Memorial State Park (Warwick)
Goddard Park's 492 acres in Warwick has had a colorful history down through the years. As a private estate, Goddard Park was richly endowed with spacious lawns, fields, and forested with a variety of trees from all over the world, including 62 deciduous and 19 evergreen species. This wealthy inheritance of the state still largely remains in spite of the extensive damage caused by the 1938 hurricane. Located along two miles of Greenwich Cove, the park was formally opened to the public in 1930. Today, it attracts thousands of visitors each year as Rhode Island's most popular Metropolitan Park, while offering bathing, boating, fishing, and a naturalist program. at a newly renovated saltwater beach area. Other activities and facilities available include a nine hole golf course with pro shop, equestrian show area, 18 miles of bridle trails, 155 fireplaces with picnic tables, 200 portable stove areas with picnic tables, 11 game fields, a new performing arts center for weddings, concerts, picnics, and special events.

Misquamicut State Beach (Westerly)
Misquamicut State Beach officially opened in 1959, after the State of Rhode Island announced its intention to acquire this beach area damaged by the 1954 hurricane. A popular surf beach with Rhode Island residents, Misquamicut is also affectionately known as "Rhode Island's best known and most popular" beach by many non-residents, mainly from Connecticut.

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