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Rocky Point – Warwick

  • Rocky Point
  • 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: July 24, 2016
  • Approximate distance walked: 2 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 mile long 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 to be developed into a state park. 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 I followed the mile long path until it’s end then turned around and then made my way through the former parking lot and to the large lawn.  Only a few structures of the former park remain. 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 here the Mount Hope, Jamestown, and Newport bridges are all visible as well as the Conimicut Lighthouse.

I did not find a trail map on-line.

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Remains of Yesteryear

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