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“Off the beaten (Newport) path”

Fort Wetherill State Park
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Jamestown
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

On our way out of Newport, we detoured to tour Fort Wetherill and were pleasantly surprised! Some amazing views and great trails here! The fort itself is fascinating and we wish the state would put some money into its refurbishment.

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Reviewed January 28, 2012

This was once an enormous army base. Its entire ocean front is solid cement that housed TNT bunkers, 16 in. disappearing guns and personnel designed to repel a German invasion. In 1973 it was deeded to the state of Rhode Island under the Federal Lands to Parks program (FLP). Most of the park has been overgrown by invasive bitter sweet, poison ivy and thorns, but unlike much of it's sister park, Beavertail State Park, much more area has been cleared for picnics with picnic benches. In 1988 the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management illegally confiscated Newport Street belonging to the municipality of Jamestown and thereby deprived the public of vehicular access to the highest vantage point where one could observe the America's Cup Races. The TNT bunkers themselves provide an excellent backdrop for paint ball wars as is evidenced by the gross graffiti on the WWII fortifications. Entrance to the park is free, there is ample parking and a toilet.

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Reviewed November 22, 2011

plenty of parking. dive, explore caves, relax. beautiful scenery.

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Reviewed October 19, 2011

Expected to see a "fort", but only a few WWII buildings which were not open. Seemed to be a good diving spot as the only other people there were several teams of divers. Maybe in the summer there is more, but nothing to see in October.

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Reviewed September 12, 2011

Easy entry on the right, though the left is much more secluded. In the autumn you can catch some tropical fish who rode the gulf stream up from the carribean.

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