Beavertail State Park

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Coordinates: 41°26′58″N 71°23′58″W / 41.44944°N 71.39944°W / 41.44944; -71.39944
Beavertail State Park
Rhode Island state park
Beavertail Lighthouse
Country  United States
State  Rhode Island
County Newport
Elevation 26 ft (8 m) [1]
Coordinates 41°26′58″N 71°23′58″W / 41.44944°N 71.39944°W / 41.44944; -71.39944
Area 153 acres (62 ha)
Established 1980
Management Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Parks & Recreation
Location of Beavertail State Park in Rhode Island

Beavertail State Park is a state park encompassing 153 acres (62 ha) on Conanicut Island in Narragansett Bay in the state of Rhode Island. Its main attraction, Beavertail Lighthouse, is an active light at the south end of the town of Jamestown.

The original lighthouse was built in 1749, was rebuilt multiple times, most recently after the Hurricane of 1938, and has undergone restoration work since. During World War II, the area was part of Fort Burnside, one of several coastal fortifications designed to protect Narragansett Bay.[2] The park includes acres of grassy fields and miles of shoreline. Beavertail's topography has been frequently compared to that of the French or Italian Riviera[citation needed]. The rocky shores conceal many small beaches, though accessing these beaches is not easy.


The park's rocky coastline invites sightseeing, hiking, picnicking and saltwater fishing. Nature programs are offered seasonally.


  1. ^ "Beavertail Light". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 2002-08-27. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  2. ^ "History". Beavertail State Park. State of Rhode Division of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 

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