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Fort Wetherill State Park

Stand on the high granite bluffs of this scenic state park and former defense battery to check out stunning coastal views and spot yachts and ships sailing by.

The cliff-top Fort Wetherill State Park is a historic parkland and coast artillery fort that was formerly used to defend the entrance to Narragansett Bay. A defensive garrison has stood on this granite outcrop since the Revolutionary War and today the park is a fantastic spot to go boating, fishing or hiking amid the granite outcroppings. Check out the fort’s stunning view across the bay toward Fort Adams in Newport and learn about the region’s military history.

Make your way to Fort Wetherill’s high cliffs to see the old defense battery and training camp. Situated on the site of the Revolutionary War-era Fort Dumpling, Fort Wetherill witnessed two world wars before being abandoned. Today, the site is on the National Register of Historic Places. Explore the 61.5-acre (24.8-hectare) parkland via the walking trails that wind through the woods and out to the rugged coastline. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the high rocks or cast a fishing line from the outcrops. The park is a popular spot for spotting the various species of seabirds that soar overhead and make their nests among the rocks.

Visiting boaters use the park’s boat ramp throughout the year. The rocky sea cliffs and offshore outcrops are also popular with scuba divers. Join a tour and explore the mysterious underwater world or sail around the scenic waterways.

You might see elegant vessels racing against one another as a part of the Tall Ships Challenge events held in summer. The east passage of Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor area are popular spots for yacht racing and a sea breeze is sure to bring some of these vessels past your viewing spot on the tall bluffs. Visit Fort Wetherill State Park on Independence Day for an exceptional vantage point for the region’s fireworks displays.

Fort Wetherill State Park is located on Conanicut Island’s southeastern tip and is a 5-minute drive from the center of Jamestown. The park has plenty of parking, as well as public restrooms and picnic areas. Visit the park for free at any time between sunrise and sunset.


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