Rhode Island State & National Parks + Forests

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State Parks

  • Beavertail State Park – located in Jamestown, Rhode Island, and is known for its stunning coastal scenery. Situated on the southernmost tip of Conanicut Island, the park offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Narragansett Bay. One of the main attractions of Beavertail State Park is the historic Beavertail Lighthouse, which dates back to 1856 and is the third oldest lighthouse in Rhode Island. The park features rocky shorelines, picturesque cliffs, and grassy fields perfect for picnicking or flying kites. Visitors can enjoy various outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, birdwatching, and exploring the tide pools teeming with marine life.
  • Blackstone River Bikeway State Park – a scenic park located in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. It follows the path of the historic Blackstone River and its canal, offering a unique blend of natural beauty and industrial history. The park features a paved bike path that stretches for about 48 miles, making it a popular destination for cyclists, joggers, and walkers. Along the way, visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the river, forests, and charming New England towns. The park also provides access to historical sites and museums, showcasing the region’s rich heritage and significance in the Industrial Revolution.
  • Brenton Point State Park – a coastal park situated in Newport, Rhode Island. It is known for its picturesque views, particularly of the Atlantic Ocean and the mouth of Narragansett Bay. The park’s vast open fields make it a popular spot for picnicking, kite flying, and enjoying outdoor recreational activities. Brenton Point State Park is also renowned for hosting the annual Newport Kite Festival, where colorful kites fill the sky in a vibrant display. Additionally, the park offers opportunities for fishing, hiking, and exploring the scenic coastal trails that wind through the surrounding landscape.
  • Burlingame State Park – a diverse and expansive recreational area located in Charlestown, Rhode Island. Spanning over 3,000 acres, the park is renowned for its beautiful freshwater beach along Watchaug Pond, making it a popular destination for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking. The park offers a wide range of outdoor activities, including hiking, boating, fishing, and camping. Visitors can explore the miles of wooded trails, visit the historic Kimball Sanctuary, or rent kayaks and canoes to navigate the tranquil waters. Burlingame State Park provides a peaceful and nature-filled escape for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Colt State Park – a picturesque waterfront park situated in Bristol, Rhode Island. Spanning over 464 acres, it is one of the largest state parks in the state. The park’s coastal location offers breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and features beautifully landscaped grounds, including manicured lawns, gardens, and mature shade trees. Colt State Park is a popular destination for picnicking, jogging, cycling, and walking along the scenic paths. It also provides opportunities for fishing, boating, and birdwatching. With its well-maintained facilities and natural beauty, Colt State Park offers a peaceful retreat for both locals and visitors alike.
  • Fishermen’s Memorial State Park – situated in Narragansett, Rhode Island, and is dedicated to the memory of local fishermen who lost their lives at sea. The park features a 91-acre campground and is located adjacent to Point Judith Pond, offering access to excellent boating and fishing opportunities. Visitors can enjoy hiking along the park’s trails, which wind through a diverse landscape of woodlands and salt marshes. The campground provides facilities for RVs and tents, making it a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts to stay overnight. Fishermen’s Memorial State Park combines natural beauty with a tribute to Rhode Island’s fishing heritage.
  • Fort Adams State Park – located in Newport, Rhode Island, and is home to Fort Adams, a historic military fortification. The fort, which was built in the 19th century, offers guided tours that provide insight into its rich history and strategic importance. The park itself boasts picturesque views of Narragansett Bay and offers opportunities for picnicking, walking, and jogging. The park’s expansive green spaces are also used for various events, including music festivals and outdoor concerts. Fort Adams State Park is a blend of historical significance and natural beauty, providing visitors with a chance to explore the past while enjoying the present.
  • Fort Wetherill State Park – situated in Jamestown, Rhode Island, and occupies the site of a former coastal defense fort. The park offers stunning panoramic views of Narragansett Bay and the Newport Bridge. It features rocky cliffs, secluded coves, and picturesque beaches, making it a popular spot for sunbathing, swimming, and fishing. Fort Wetherill State Park also provides opportunities for hiking and exploring the fort’s remnants, including underground tunnels and gun emplacements. The park’s unique combination of historical ruins and natural beauty creates a memorable experience for visitors.
  • Goddard Memorial State Park – located in Warwick, Rhode Island, and encompasses 490 acres of diverse landscape. The park offers a range of recreational activities, including picnicking, jogging, and walking along the scenic paths. It features beautifully landscaped gardens, open fields, and wooded areas, providing a tranquil setting for outdoor enthusiasts. Goddard Memorial State Park also offers opportunities for boating and fishing on its 100-acre saltwater beach and pond. Additionally, the park includes the Goddard State Park Carousel, a vintage carousel that adds a touch of nostalgia to the park’s charm.
  • Haines Memorial State Park – a small park located in Barrington, Rhode Island, along the shores of the Barrington River. Despite its size, the park offers a peaceful retreat and access to the water for boating and fishing enthusiasts. The park features a boat ramp and a small dock, making it a convenient spot for launching kayaks, canoes, and small boats. Visitors can enjoy picnicking, birdwatching, or simply relaxing by the water’s edge. Haines Memorial State Park provides a quiet escape from the bustling city and allows visitors to connect with nature.
  • Lincoln Woods State Park – situated in Lincoln, Rhode Island, and covers 627 acres of scenic woodlands. The park is centered around Olney Pond, a picturesque freshwater pond that offers opportunities for swimming, boating, and fishing. Lincoln Woods State Park is known for its extensive trail system, which is popular among hikers, joggers, and mountain bikers. The trails wind through a diverse forested landscape, crossing streams and providing breathtaking views. The park also offers picnic areas, playing fields, and a sandy beach, making it a versatile destination for outdoor recreation.
  • Pulaski State Park – located in Glocester, Rhode Island, and is named after the Polish general, Casimir Pulaski. The park is situated around Echo Lake and offers a variety of recreational activities. Visitors can enjoy swimming, boating, and fishing in the lake, which is surrounded by scenic wooded areas. Pulaski State Park also provides picnic areas, hiking trails, and a campground for those looking to spend more time in the great outdoors. The park’s peaceful atmosphere and natural beauty make it a popular destination for families and nature enthusiasts.
  • Rocky Point State Park – a coastal park located in Warwick, Rhode Island. It was once the site of an amusement park and has since been transformed into a scenic recreational area. The park offers beautiful views of Narragansett Bay and features a rocky shoreline, sandy beach, and grassy areas. Visitors can enjoy picnicking, walking along the waterfront, and exploring the remnants of the former amusement park, such as the famous Skyliner roller coaster. Rocky Point State Park provides a nostalgic atmosphere and a picturesque setting for outdoor activities and relaxation.
  • Snake Den State Park – situated in Johnston, Rhode Island, and is known for its diverse wildlife and natural beauty. The park spans over 1,000 acres and offers a variety of habitats, including forests, wetlands, and rocky outcrops. It is home to numerous species of snakes, including the endangered timber rattlesnake. Snake Den State Park provides opportunities for hiking, nature observation, and photography. Visitors can explore the park’s trails, which wind through different ecosystems and offer glimpses of the area’s unique flora and fauna. The park’s peaceful ambiance and abundant wildlife make it a haven for nature enthusiasts.
  • World War II Memorial State Park – located in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and is dedicated to the memory of Rhode Island veterans who served during World War II. The park features a memorial plaza adorned with flags, sculptures, and plaques honoring the bravery and sacrifice of those who served. The park’s central feature is a granite globe, symbolizing the global impact of the war. World War II Memorial State Park provides a solemn and reflective space for visitors to pay their respects and learn about the historical significance of the war. It serves as a reminder of the courage and dedication displayed by Rhode Island’s servicemen and women during that time.

National Parks

State & National Forests

National Natural Landmarks

  • Ell Pond: This kettle hole is surrounded by a swamp of red maple and Atlantic white cypress with steep granitic monadnocks. There is a rare mix of both hydrophytic and xeric plants. 41.505331°N 71.782908°W