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Rocky Point – Warwick

  • Rocky Point State Park
  • Rocky Point Avenue, Warwick, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°41’21.91″N, 71°22’15.31″W
  • First Time Hiked: April 7, 2013
  • Last Time Hiked: March 9, 2020
  • Approximate distance walked: 1.6 miles
  • Fairly easy, could be slightly harder on windy days.


Rocky Point for well over a hundred years was home to one of Rhode Islands amusement parks.  That ended in 1995 when the amusement park closed and so ended the amusement park era in all of Rhode Island.  In 2011 the City of Warwick constructed a walking path between the former amusement park and the shoreline of Narragansett Bay. Soon after, the rest of the park was bought by the State of Rhode Island and developed into a state park. The original walking path was expanded by adding an additional path to form a loop. The former rides and buildings were torn down and replaced by large areas of lawn.  Starting at a parking lot on Rocky Point Avenue near the former entrance of the park follow the the old entrance road to the large open area and turn left onto the walking path. From here the path winds along the large open lawn, across a road before winding through an area of brush. The path then turns downhill and towards the bay. The remainder of the walk follows the shore.  Only a few structures of the former park remain. Most of the structures have informational boards explaining their history. There is a large metal tower as well as the old chairlift ride. At the top of the hill closest to the water is another circular stone structure. The iconic arched entrance gate is also still here. From the shore the Mount Hope, Jamestown, and Newport bridges are all visible, as well as the Conimicut Lighthouse.



Remains of Yesteryear