Summer is here and it’s time to get out and explore some of the Rhode Island’s best parks and nature trails. Here’s a list of some of the state’s most-loved areas.
This stunning 464 acre parks offers plenty for everyone. With spectacular views of Narragansett Bay, picnic sites, a bike path, fishing, and a decent beach you can walk, lounge, sunbathe, or fly a kite.
Burlingame’s 3,100 acres offer camping, hiking, and water activities on Watchaug Pond. The pond’s well-stocked with fish, you’ll find fire pits, and miles to walk and explore.
Stunning views, walking paths, hidden beaches, picnic areas, a historic lighthouse, and quaint aquarium. What more could you ask for? It’s stimulating, diverse, and fun to explore.
Fort Adams has plenty for history buffs and spectacular views of Newport Harbor and part of Narragansett Bay. Salt water swimming, boating, fishing, picnics, and field sports are all possibilities. However, you can just as easily walk the 2.5 mile loop around the grounds and then sit and watch the world go by.
The fort was decommissioned in WWII, but you can still explore many of the passageways and rooms if you bring a flashlight. However, the stunning views, secluded beach, hiking trails, and picnic areas are what attract many visitors. Drive or ride your bike, laze on the grass, and play a game of Frisbee.
Snake Den has many treed walking trails, ranging from wide easy trails to rocky paths through old quarries. This is a dog-friendly park too, so bring along your pooch. There’s also a large mowed field where they can run and it’s often packed with wildlife. Park behind the fire station and explore!
This state park offers plenty of hiking trails, a fresh water beach with swimming, fishing, kayaking, cycling, and even horseback riding in posted areas. This park also offers great camping, with secluded sites and fire pits too.
This park was once home to a grand estate, but now it is a great place to get away from it all. With amazing views of Narragansett Bay, it offers hiking, fishing, picnicking and rocky splendor.
Fly a kite or visit the remains of the house’s horse stables to view a spectacular gnarled tree, ideal for photo ops. There’s also an old watch tower with a stunning view, if you can stomach the climb!
This park offers a gentle rolling landscape ideal for a stroll or bike ride. There’s also a lake, old canal, tennis courts, disc golf, open fields, a petting zoo, and a historic merry-go-round.
With 197 acres, and a 4-mile bike path, it’s easy to find a secluded area even though it is within minutes of civilization.
Roger Williams Park is in the middle of the city, but you’d never know it. It features 435 acres with over 100 ponds and many things to do. Visit the zoo, ride in a swan boat or on the merry-go-round, or visit the Japanese gardens. It’s a great place for a stroll or a picnic if you just want to relax.
Packed with trails running along the beach and many ponds, this metropolitan park offers a variety of landscapes and diverse wildlife. The park has 18 miles of equestrian trailers, picnic areas galore, and even a nine-hole golf course.
The 14-acre Wilcox Park is in the heart of downtown Westerly, but it offers respite. With many tree species, winding paved paths, and flower beds packed with perennials, it’s hard to believe you’re in Westerly. There’s a small pond, plenty of grass, and the paths are easy for children too.