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Beavertail State Park
Beavertail Road
Jamestown, Rhode Island   02835

Phone: 401-884-2010
Beavertail State Park, located in Jamestown, Rhode Island, is known for offering some of the most beautiful vistas along the New England coastline. The Park attracts people from all over the country, to enjoy its pristine environment. Beavertail's most popular activity is sightseeing, and can be done from the comfort of a vehicle, in one of the four overlooks or on foot, from the rocky coastline. Beavertail also provides some of the best saltwater fishing in the area, along with offering hiking trails, and a naturalist program that attracts hundreds of people each year.
History of the Area
The first Beavertail Lighthouse was built in 1749 and was the premier lighthouse in Rhode Island, third in the country following the 1716 Boston Harbor light and the 1746 Great Point light on Nantucket. Although this wooden tower was burned to the ground just four years later, the rubble tower which replaced it lasted until the present granite lighthouse was constructed in 1856. The base of the older tower was exposed by the Hurricane of 1938, and today is marked by a granite plaque erected by the Jamestown Historical Society.

Known for many years as the Newport Light, the Beavertail beacon was first to witness the triangular trade which contributed to Newport's prominence before the Revolution, when ships carried molasses, rum, and slaves between the colonies, the West Indies and Africa. The British damaged the building in their retreat from Rhode Island in 1779, but a few years later, the light was reactivated to guide vessels of Rhode Island merchants engaged in the trade with China.

The Lighthouse and Lighthouse Museum are now operated by the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association.

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Nature Programs

Tidal Excursion - An introduction to the tidal life and ecology. Walk to a nearby tidal pool during low tide to discover the plant and animal life found there.
Aquarium Activities - Aquarium scavenger hunt or special programs relating to crabs, fish, whales or intertidal zones.


What rocks tell us - Explore the geological history of Beavertail. Walk the fault line and learn how to read the story written there.
The Beavertail Aquarium schedules group activities. Facilities and Programs are available to groups 7 days a week. No fees are assessed for the the use of facilities at Beavertail State Park.
Things To Do in the Area
RiverQuest-Connecticut River Expeditions - Haddam, CTBoating
Explore the Connecticut River aboard the R/V River Quest, an environmentally friendly 64', 60 passenger vessel docked at Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam, CT.
Web Site: ctriverquest.com
59.5 miles from park*
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Area Campgrounds

Wawaloam Campground
510 Gardiner Road
Richmond, RI

Worden Pond Family Campground
416A Worden Pond Road
Wakefield, RI

Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Carriage House Inn - Chatham, MABBs / Inns
Carriage House Inn, a romantic Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Inn in Chatham, Massachusetts. The Carriage House Inn offers spacious grounds, beautifully appointed guestrooms and gracious hospitality. Start your morning with a hot cup of coffee or tea in your room. Relax beside your fireplace or in one of the rocking chairs outside with your morning newspaper delivered to your door. Then, come over to the dining room or the sunroom for a truly gourmet breakfast. However you decide to spend the rest of your day is up to you. The innkeepers will surely make your vacation experience a memorable one.
Web Site: thecarriagehouseinn.com/
76.1 miles from park*
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