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Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, R.I.: Your Secret, Happy Coastal Place


Beavertail State Park, Jamestown, R.I.
The rocky coastline at Beavertail State Park in Jamestown.

Article and photos by Eric Hurwitz. Page updated on 10/2/17.

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When having dinner at a Wickford, R.I. restaurant, my wife asked the waitress what peaceful, scenic place our family could enjoy after the meal. She gave no pause and said with absolute certainty, "Beavertail State Park in Jamestown. It is the most beautiful place I have seen anywhere."
 
She wasn't kidding. This hidden, idyllic State Park at the southern end of Conanicut Island in Narragansett Bay offers some of the most spectacular views I have seen in all of southern New England. The waves mesmerize, winds refresh and sun energizes through its natural multi-wellness program. Good news, too, that because Rhode Island is such a small state, there's no need to travel to great lengths to arrive at a hidden location like Beavertail!

While Beavertail is a hidden gem, the State Park exhibits an odd contradiction shared with many other beautiful New England destinations -- that is, it's known as a popular destination but nobody seems to be there. That might have something to do with the 150 acres where visitors have plenty of room by bike, hike or walk to find their own quiet spaces, or ideal picnic spots on the expansive lawn.

The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum stands as the main tourist attraction within the Park with an impressive collection of information and artifacts about the history and site of the third-oldest lighthouse in North America through exhibits, a small theater and interactive displays (there's a gift shop, too).

Beavertail Lighthouse, Jamestown, Rhode Island
Beavertail Lighthouse.

Some locals and travelers come primarily for the Museum, but that would be a mistake as most visitors stay as long as possible to enjoy the refreshing, coastal outdoor environment. Whether enjoying the four overlooks by car, or walking the hiking trails and rocky coastline that looks more like Maine than Rhode Island. What's more, locals share a common secret, knowing the saltwater fishing at Beavertail ranks amongst the best in southern New England.

Be sure to visit this local treasure.  If we hear more from knowledegable waitresses about any often overlooked but spectacular New England travel destinations, you'll be the first to know!

Log onto Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association web site for more information, including seasonal hours and educational programs.

Walking Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, Rhode Island
Strolling along the coast at Beavertail State Park.

Related articles:
Colt State Park, Bristol, R.I.
East Bay Bike Path, Bristol, R.I.
Exploring Newport, R.I.
Hidden gem: Wickford Village, R.I.


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