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View of Rocky Point State Park, with the Arch on the left and Olympic swimming pool on right

View of Rocky Point State Park, with the Arch on the left and Olympic swimming pool on right. Photo: Mlanni98, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Enjoying a beautiful coastal location and rich history, Rocky Point State Park, is one of the most inviting of all state parks in Rhode Island.

Spread over 120 acres of land and occupying a mile-long stretch of rocky coastline along Narragansett Bay, the area once housed the famous Rocky Point Amusement Park.

Since then it has been transformed into a public state park of notable scenic beauty, offering a range of recreational activities for visitors to enjoy.

Whether you’re looking to boat, fish, hike, picnic, or simply take in the stunning ocean views, Rocky Point State Park has a recreational pursuit for everyone to enjoy.

As it is just a 25 minute drive from Providence, it also serves as a terrific destination to unwind, relax and disconnect from the pressures of city living.

Activities

For those who fancy checking it out, Rocky Point State Park offers a variety of ways to enjoy its picturesque landscape.

Presented below is a quick summary of some of the main leisure activities you can do whilst you are there.

Boating at Rocky Point State Park

Boating is a popular activity at Rocky Point State Park.

The park has a boat launch that provides easy entry into the water. Once on it, boaters can access Narragansett Bay, which offers a range of scenic waterways to explore.

If you didn’t bring your own vessel with you, there are also several nearby marinas where you can rent boats if you do not have your own.

As well as boating, the area is also popular for kayaking, canoeing, SUP and rowboating.

Fishing at Rocky Point State Park

Be sure to pack your rods and reels with you as Rocky Point State Park is a noted spot for fishing.

The park’s waterfront location provides easy access to some of the best fishing in Narragansett Bay. Guests can choose to do this from the shoreline, out on a boat on the water or on either its fishing pier or jetty.

Should you decide to cast a line at the pier you will also be able to make use of the railings and fish-cleaning stations that are located on it.

Whichever location you base yourself at, you should find striped bass, bluefish, and flounder in abundance. However, in order to fish, you must hold a valid and current Rhode Island fishing license.

Hiking at Rocky Point State Park

One of the best ways to explore any state park is to hike through them and Rocky Point State Park is no exception.

Cutting their way through the park are several hiking trails that will take you to wooded areas and along the shoreline. These trails offer visitors the opportunity to experience the park’s natural beauty and captivating birds and wildlife.

Some of the most popular trails at Rocky Point State Park include the Seawall Trail, which provides stunning views of Narragansett Bay, and the Rocky Point Trail, which takes hikers through woodland and along its coastline.

If you do decide to go for a hike, it is always a good idea to wear proper footwear and a hat. It is also worth taking plenty of water and snacks with you, as well as applying lots of sunscreen and mosquito spray, to reduce your chances of getting burnt or bitten.

Picnicking at Rocky Point State Park

Rocky Point State Park has several picnic areas that are available for public use.

The picnic areas are equipped with tables and grills, making them perfect for family outings and group gatherings.

There are several locations throughout the park where patrons can set up a picnic, including a beach area that provides a beautiful backdrop for an al fresco lunch.

Guests are also welcome to bring their own food and beverages into the park, although the consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited.

Birding at Rocky Point State Park

Birding enthusiasts should enjoy the opportunities available at Rocky Point State Park.

The park’s location on the western shore of Narragansett Bay makes it a prime location for birding as visitors can expect to see a variety of species, including ospreys, herons, and egrets in the woods and by the water.

Throughout the park there are several birdwatching stations and blinds where visitors can observe birds in their natural habitat. One of the best times to visit the park for birding is during the spring and fall migrations.

Pets

Rocky Point State Park is a pet-friendly destination, so visitors are welcome to bring their four-legged friends with them.

Those who do bring their dogs to the park are reminded to be respectful of other park users and to follow its rules and regulations regarding pets.

This includes dogs being on a leash for the entire time they are at the park, as well as owners ensuring they are well behaved and cleaning up after they made a mess.

It also requires your pooch (unless it’s a service dog) not to enter certain buildings. However, there are several areas in the park where visitors can take their dogs for a walk, including the hiking trails and beach area.

Camping

Unfortunately, Rocky Point State Park does not have a campground for overnight stays. But, there are several nearby campgrounds where visitors can base themselves at.

This includes the facilities at Burlingame State Park, Fishermen’s Memorial State Park and the Charlestown Breachway State Beach. All of which are between a 20-minute to 45-minute drive away from the park.

Between them they offer a host of accommodation options which range from primitive camping on the beach, to RVs with hookups and cabins that offer some of the comforts of home.

Wherever you choose to stay, it is advisable to make a reservation to secure your spot.

Park Location

Rocky Point State Park
1 Rocky Point Ave,
Warwick, RI 02889
Phone: 401.738.2000

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