Fort Wetherill State Park: Abandoned Military Base in RI

Fort Wetherill State Park, Fort Wetherill State Park: Abandoned Military Base in RI, The Travel Bug Bite

Fort Wetherill State Park is located in a scenic part of Jamestown, Rhode Island. After turning my nose at seeing some old bunkers (they may as well grow on trees in my home country), I finally agreed to make the trip. Now, this may be one of my favorite places in Rhode Island. First, there are cool bunkers that are covered in colorful graffiti that will inspire you to dust off that DSLR. Second, there are breathtaking cliffs that rival those in Hawaii. Finally, there are 61.5 acres of public space to hike and explore!

About Fort Wetherill State Park

Fort Wetherill State Park is a public recreation area occupying 61.5 acres at the southeastern tip of Conanicut Island in the town of Jamestown, Rhode Island. The state park sits on the East Passage of Narragansett Bay opposite Fort Adams State Park. It is situated upon 100-foot high granite cliffs across the water from Fort Adams State Park. It is a former coastal defense battery and training camp.

“Known for its spectacular view of Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay, Fort Wetherill has been a popular sight for viewing the numerous Tall Ship Events and America’s Cup Races. The area is also a major attraction for scuba diving, with Diving Clubs from New York State, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island using the facilities at the boat ramp year round. Additionally, the park offers family and group picnicking, boating, fishing, hiking and exploring on the park’s 61.5 acres of property.”

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Speaking of that dusted-off camera…

Summary

I definitely recommend Fort Wetherill State Park for a day trip if you live locally in Rhode Island or nearby states. If you plan on spending the entire day in the area, consider taking a cruise around the area while you are here. We actually took a sunset cruise right after exploring the bunkers at Fort Wetherill State Park. Stay tuned for a review of our cruise experience!

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Fort Wetherill State Park, Fort Wetherill State Park: Abandoned Military Base in RI, The Travel Bug Bite

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