This state may be small but Rhode Island State Parks have lots to offer. There are 22 state parks to choose from. If you are traveling near Rhode Island be sure to make time for a state park visit. From golf to beaches and history, you may be surprised at everything Rhode Island has to offer.
Fees are charged at Rhode Island State Beaches but not at the parks. Weekdays, beaches cost $12 for a non-resident vehicle, $6 an in-state resident. On weekends the price goes to $14 for non-state residents and $7 for in-state residents. An annual pass can be purchased at any park for $60 for out-of state residents and $30 for in-state.
In 2009, Rhode Island State Parks will celebrate 100 years of service. Look for anniversary activities to be scheduled at many of the state parks.
Rhode Island State Parks welcomes pets. Pets (cats and dogs) are welcome in the campgrounds. Owners are expected to act responsibly at all times.
The following is an overview of some of the top state Parks in Rhode Island. Once you visit you’ll want to come back again and again.
Blackstone River Bikeway
Phone  723-7892
This beautiful bike path is a paved 17.5 mile bikeway. It reaches from the Blackstone Canal to the Massachusetts state line. There are no fees and no facilities. Bikers can enjoy the route as alternative transportation or scenic beauty.
Fort Adams State Park and Beach
Newport, RI, 02840
Phone  847-2400
Visitors can enjoy views of the East Passage of Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor. The fort construction began in 1824. Labor was principally provided by Irish stone masons. It was used by the US Navy during the Civil War and was returned to the US Army at the war’s conclusion. Now, it serves well as a Rhode Island State Park.
Other activities and amenities include the availability of concessions, a boat ramp, sailing center, the Museum of Yachting, fishing piers, museum, picnicking, soccer, and rugby and sailing instruction. On-site parking is available.
George Washington Memorial Camping Area
2185 Putnam Pike
Chepachet , RI 02814-1705
Seasonal Camping Reservations 568-6700
Management Area Phone [401568-2013
Camping is the primary activity at this Rhode Island State Park. A firewood ban is in effect. Firewood from other states may not be brought in due to hitchhiking critters who are causing problems in Rhode Island. Instead, firewood can be bought at the park.
The park offers a lake shore line and forest. Other activities include picnicking, hiking and enjoying the scenic beauty.
Casimir Pulaski Memorial Recreation Area
151 Pulaski Road
Chepachet, RI 02814
Recreation Area Headquarters 568-2085
This scenic recreation area is inside the boundaries of the George Washington Management Area. Visitors can picnic, take a hike or swim in the pond. In the winter, 10 miles of trails are open for cross country skiing. During hunting season all visitors are required to wear fluorescent orange.
Misquamicut State Beach
257 Atlantic Ave.
Westerly, Rhode Island
This is one of the Rhode Island State Parks most popular beaches. It has more than a half mile of beach front. Expect capacity crowds on the weekends. Trash is pack in, pack out. Activities include swimming, concessions, walking and the beach.
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