Beavertail State Park, Jamestown, RI

Fisherfolk (and others) seek out this rocky outcrop jutting into the ocean

I have visited Beavertail State Park since before it was a state park. Years ago, it was a cool rocky shoreline with a lighthouse. The access road was dirt, with lots of potholes. Visiting here was an adventure, for sure! The area was not accessible except by those who enjoy rock hopping. When I was younger, that worked fine. Not so much these days.

Scrub has been cleared from sections of this area at Beavertail State Park

When I returned to Beavertail after a long absence, a paved access road awaited at what was now a state park. Large paved parking areas welcomed visitors. The scrub that had covered all but the dirt road had been cleared in places, allowing for Easy Walks alongside the shoreline. The state park had even added permanent bathrooms, a most welcome sight.

Harlequin ducks swimming just off shore in winter at Beavertail

We have visited here in every season. Rafts of birds float in the rough waves just off shore in winter.

Monarchs stop to rest on their way south

September brings crowds of monarch butterflies heading south on their great migration.

Impressive waves right after a hurricane

Visiting after storms offers great views of dramatic waves crashing onto the rocks.

Fishermen frequent the rocks, trying their luck in the waters surrounding this stony outcrop.

The lighthouse and museum are open for visitors seasonally

Lighthouses have stood since the 1700s at this southern tip of Jamestown Island.

The park service has created trails along both the eastern and western shorelines of this small penisula

We pack a lunch when heading to Beavertail. Sitting next to the ocean, listening to the waves and wind, watching birds hunting amongst the rocks, or witnessing ospreys soaring overhead keep us occupied for hours.

Broad swathes of ground are open for visitors to explore without having to navigate the rocky shoreline

We visited on a cool day, but fall has not yet arrived. The heat of the sun, and biting flies finally pushed us to start home. Before leaving, we took a quick walk along the path that leads up to and around the lighthouse. Every step offered great views on a glorious late summer’s day. Happy trails!


Marjorie Turner Hollman is a writer who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionMore Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionEasy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed, and Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. Her memoir, the backstory of Easy Walks, is My Liturgy of Easy Walks: Reclaiming hope in a world turned upside down.


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2 responses to “Beavertail State Park, Jamestown, RI

  1. TA Vandercook

    Really Stunning photos, Marjorie!!! Great trip!

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