Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, R.I.: Your Secret, Happy
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
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
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).
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.
Strolling along the coast at Beavertail
State Park, Bristol, R.I.
Bike Path, Bristol, R.I.
Hidden gem: Wickford Village, R.I.
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