Rhode Island State Parks

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The DEM Division of Parks manages over 8,200 acres of land, including parks, beaches, campgrounds, bike paths, historic sites, picnic areas, trails, athletic fields, dams, fishing access, and boat ramps.

Saltwater Beaches

The Ocean State has beautiful state beaches, each with its own unique charm and amenities. Whether you're into swimming, sunbathing, building sandcastles, picnicking or people-watching, there's a lovely spot just waiting for you. So, grab your sunscreen and enjoy!

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Charlestown Breachway

This golden sand beach offers a panoramic view of Block Island Sound and is known as one of the best salt water fishing areas in South County.

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East Beach

The least developed of the state beaches, with limited parking and a half dozen changing rooms, East Beach is one of RI’s spectacular seaside treasures.

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East Matunuck

Noted for its strong surf, East Matunuck State Beach totals almost 150 acres and sports a modern beach pavilion with hot showers and concessions.

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Misquamicut


Misquamicut

One of the state's most popular beaches with over a half mile of beach front, Misquamicut State Beach features a modern pavilion, playground, and shade gazebos.

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Roger Wheeler


Roger Wheeler

Popular among families with small children, this beach features a playground and modern beach pavilion and an environmental educational area with local marine animals.

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Salty Brine


Salty Brine

Salty Brine State Beach is a tiny beach, barely 100 yards long, with gentle surf set close to the busy Galilee docks and several seafood restaurants.

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Scarborough


Scarborough North

Scarborough North features a large parking area, pavilion with concessions, shaded shelters, boardwalk, and an observation tower.

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Scarborough


Scarborough South

Adjacent to Scarborough North, Scarborough South adds an additional 16 acres with over 1,000 feet of beach frontage.

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Freshwater & Non-Surf Saltwater Beaches

Burlingame Picnic Area


Burlingame Picnic Area

This popular freshwater swimming area on Watchaug Pond offers picnic area, beach, and a nearby boat launch for boating and fishing.

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Fort Adams State Park


Fort Adams State Park

Situated at the mouth of the Newport Harbor, Fort Adams State Park offers saltwater swimming with panoramic views of Narragansett Bay.

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Goddard Memorial State Park


Goddard Memorial State Park

Visitors to Goddard Memorial State Park can enjoy saltwater swimming and fishing at the public beach.

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Lincoln Woods State Park


Lincoln Woods State Park

Enjoy freshwater swimming at Olney Pond with a modern beach pavilion that features hot showers, restrooms, and food concessions.

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Pulaski State Park


Pulaski State Park

Nestled within the George Washington Management Area, this 13-acre recreational area offers trout fishing and swimming at Peck Pond

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There are no fees to access beaches within state parks. Lifeguards are on duty seasonally from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Campgrounds

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Burlingame

Situated next to Watchaug Pond, this spacious campground features 700 rustic campsites, as well as 20 rustic cabins.

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charlestown breachway


Charlestown Breachway

Camp along the breachway with spectacular ocean views and some of Rhode Island's best saltwater fishing.

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east beach


East Beach

Specialty camping at East Beach is offered in two areas that can only be accessed by 4-wheel drive vehicles.

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fishermen's memorial


Fishermen's Memorial

Camping in a "seaside village" atmosphere, complete with neatly trimmed grass, tree lined paths and activities for the entire family.

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George Washington

Enjoy forest camping overlooking Bowdish Reservoir with a multitued of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

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RI State Parks

Rhode Island's network of historic state parks attracts upwards of nine million visitors each year and hosts high-profile national and international events such as the Newport Jazz Festival, Newport Folk Festival, and Volvo Ocean Race.

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Beavertail State Park

With its historic lighthouse and scenic coastline, Beavertail State Park is one of the most popular parks for sightseeing, picnicking, and saltwater fishing.

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Brenton Point


Brenton Point State Park

Occupying the former grounds of one of Newport's grandest estates, Brenton Point State Park affords its visitors spectacular ocean views.

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burlingame


Burlingame State Park

This popular freshwater swimming area on Watchaug Pond offers picnic area, beach, and a nearby boat launch for boating and fishing.

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Colt


Colt State Park

Colt State Park is often referred to as the 'Gem' of the State Parks System. The entire western border of the park is an open panorama onto Narragansett Bay.

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Fort Adams


Fort Adams State Park

Situated at the mouth of the Newport Harbor, Fort Adams State Park offers an exceptional panoramic view of both Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay.

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Fort Wetherill


Fort Wetherill State Park

Situated upon 100 foot high granite cliffs, Fort Wetherill State Park is known for its spectacular views is a popular location for family and group picnicking, scuba diving, boating, fishing, and hiking.

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Goddard Memorial


Goddard Memorial State Park

The park offers spacious lawns, fields, and forested areas that feature a nine hole golf course, bridle trails, picnic tables, game fields, and a performing arts center

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Haines Memorial


Haines Memorial State Park

A popular stop on the East Bay Bike Path, Haines Memorial State Park is known for its picnic groves with fireplaces built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

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Lincoln Woods


Lincoln Woods State Park

Visitors can enjoy swimming at the freshwater beach, trout fishing, playing ball, hiking, jogging, horseback riding, bouldering, or just relaxing under a shade tree.

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Pulaski


Pulaski State Park

From the first class trout fishing, to enjoying a picnic, a short hike, or a cool swim in Peck Pond, to cross-country skiing, Pulaski provides year round enjoyment for all ages.

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Rocky Point


Rocky Point State Park

As the state's newest coastal state park, visitors can enjoy the property they once made so many memories at, while younger generations of park-goers can make new ones.

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Snake Den


Snake Den State Park

The 1,000 acre undeveloped property boasts self-guided walking trails, beautiful trees, flowers, plants, and working farm as well. The foliage is something to behold in the fall.

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Map of State Parks, Beaches, and Campgrounds

Outdoor Recreation Map