Fort Wetherill State Park RV & Campground Guide

Rhode Island

Located about 13 miles north of Narragansett and just opposite the majestic Newport Harbor, Fort Wetherill State Park offers everything from panoramic views of the ocean and rock climbing to exploring the park's 61 acres of lush property. If you're interested in native artillery fortifications, this park is more than a vacation—it's an exciting opportunity to peek into iconic minefield bunkers and military defenses from the 1920s through to the 1940s. Another outstanding feature about Wetherill is its proximity to Newport's bustling city and its many gorgeous beaches. If you are planning to tour Fort Wetherill State Park soon or you're just curious what else makes it such a popular Rhode Island destination for history buffs and water lovers alike, read on.

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Weather
Spring 41-55 F
Summer 72-90 F
Fall 47-57 F
Winter 15-21 F
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Nearby Cities
Jamestown, RI
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Fort Wetherill State Park

When you're planning to visit Fort Wetherill State Park, an RV makes a cozy home base while also keeping your family warm during extreme conditions. Don't own an RV? An RV rental from RVshare is the perfect way to try out the ambulant lifestyle and enjoy a comfortable visit to Fort Wetherill. All rentals come with 24/7 roadside assistance, nationwide insurance and world-class personnel committed to helping you succeed.

Fort Getty Park & Campground

Fort Getty Park & Campground is a town-owned park nestled at the terminus of Fort Getty Road just 7.3 miles west of Newport. The facility prides itself on offering comparable amenities for RV parking and camping without sacrificing that "rustic" feel. Fort Getty boasts over 26 tent sites and 83 seasonal RV sites within minutes of Fort Wetherill State Park, and it offers easy access to delicious seafood and shopping. While here, don't miss the chance to sail aboard an American's Cup racing boat and enjoy a surreal water trip from Newport.

• Water hookup: Yes
• Electrical hookup: Yes
• Sewer hookup: Yes
• Wi-Fi: Yes
• Pet-friendly: Yes
• Other amenities: Community playground, soccer field, modern recreation complex, pier

Melville Ponds Campground

Melville Ponds Campground is perched on Aquidneck Island in Portsmouth close to the stunning beaches. This campground is less than 25 minutes from the state park while being conveniently situated by everything Jamestown has to offer. Rates start at $48 for full hookups.

• Water hookup: Yes
• Electrical hookup: Yes
• Sewer hookup: Yes
• Wi-Fi: Yes
• Pet-friendly: Yes
• Other amenities: Restroom, full-service showers, dog park, laundry

Second Beach Family Campground

Drive 10.2 miles east of Fort Wetherill State Park, and you'll discover the fantastic Second Beach Family Campground. This RV park is bordered by the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, one of Rhode Island's five wildlife refuges and home to over 400 species of shorebirds, raptors and songbirds. Each of the 44 RV sites is pull-through and can allow vehicles of up to 40 feet long. While here, be sure to enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Newport, which is conveniently located just 10 minutes from Second Beach.

• Water hookup: Yes
• Electrical hookup: Yes
• Sewer hookup: Yes
• Wi-Fi: Yes
• Pet-friendly: No
• Other amenities: On-site ice locker, hot showers, vault toilets

Paradise Park RV Campground

The best way to enjoy the state park is to stay at Paradise Park RV Campground, which is located just a mile from your choice of three gorgeous beaches and 3 miles to downtown Newport. Whether you're stopping by en route to Fort Wetherill or just coming for the weekend, you'll enjoy the convenience, tranquility and top-of-the-line amenities that this campground offers. Rates start at $75 per night.

• Water hookup: Yes
• Electrical hookup: Yes
• Sewer hookup: Yes
• Wi-Fi: Yes
• Pet-friendly: Yes
• Other amenities: Extra-large RV pads of up to 40 feet long

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What to Do at
Fort Wetherill State Park

Inside Fort Wetherill State Park

Fort Wetherill State Park is a tourist's paradise because of the number of fun outdoor activities within its gates. There are a few hiking trails inside the park, most of which are under a mile long, and there are also several 100-foot-high granite rocks on which the park stands, offering spectacular hikes. You can also paddle, kayak, and scuba dive on the waters at Fort Wetherill. The park also offers some of the best opportunities for spearfishing in the entire Jamestown vicinity. If you fancy learning more about the region, then head out to the abandoned Fort Wetherill; it contains coast artillery, military bunkers, and more.

Outside Fort Wetherill State Park

With Fort Wetherill State Park overlooking the magnificent Narragansett's East Passage and being located just 33 miles from Providence, the state's capital, there's no shortage of fun activities outside of the park as well. From shopping and restaurants to sightseeing, there's definitely something for everyone.

Restaurants

Lobster Bar

The Lobster Bar hangs over the Newport Harbor, providing 180-degree views of the water. If that isn't reason enough to grab a bite, the food is fresh and melts in your mouth.

Type: Seafood

Location: Newport, RI

Champlin's Seafood Deck

A waterfront darling in Narragansett, Champlin's has been serving delectable food in a relaxed setting for over seven decades. If you're looking for a no-frills restaurant with a reasonable budget, include this place in your dining options. The views alone are worth the 13-mile drive.

Type: Seafood

Location: Narragansett, RI

Monahan's Restaurant

Known for sumptuous clam cakes and amazing clam chowder, Monahan's has everything you'd ever want in an East Coast dinner. Not only is the cuisine great, but the atmosphere is also friendly and fun.

Type: East Coast

Location: Narragansett, RI

Shopping

Shops at Long Wharf

The nearest shopping center to Fort Wetherill State Park is also Newport's top-rated place. Here, you have a variety of restaurant options, unique clothing shops, specialty food stores and more.

Location: Newport, RI

Sightseeing

Beavertail Lighthouse

The Beavertail Lighthouse is one of the state's first and most iconic attractions. First built in 1856, the gorgeous lighthouse stands at 64 feet tall. In addition to being the entry point to the breathtaking Narragansett Bay, Beavertail provides navigational services for vessels entering the East Passage. Inside the tower is a podium that allows visitors to enjoy sprawling views of Rhode Island's bay section.

Location: Jamestown, RI

Cliff Walk

Some of Newport's famous mansions, including The Breakers, Marble House and Rough Point, are visible from Cliff Walk. Begin your stroll at Easton's Beach on Memorial Boulevard or access the paved path from the base of Forty Steps at the tip of Narragansett Avenue.

Location: Newport, RI

Roger William's Park Zoo

The Roger Williams Park Zoo is not just one of the oldest game preservation areas in America; it's also an epitome of modern zoo concept and design. At this 40-acre, kid-friendly place, you will face a snow leopard, elephant, zebra, red panda, kangaroo, and more wildlife. If you want to learn something about the animals rather than just parading past, this is the place for you. Seasonal activities such as the pumpkin spectacular and the "Spooky Zoo" make it even more fun for kids.

Location: Providence, RI

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How to Get to
Fort Wetherill State Park

From Narragansett, you'll want to take State Route 1A north toward Bridge Point Dr. Make a left onto State Route 138 east and continue on RI 138. Take the exit to Jamestown. Continue on Conanicus Avenue, which will eventually become Walcott Ave. After a little more than half a mile, turn left onto Fort Wetherill Road.

Entering Fort Wetherill State Park

The park is open for day use from sunrise to sunset.

Day Pass : $7

$5-$7 Students and seniors can get in for a discounted rate.

Season Pass : $60

Get excited to tour one of Rhode Island's most historic state parks. While here, you're guaranteed to have fun no matter what you like to do inside or outside the park. Remember to tag RVshare in your social media posts or shoot the team your favorite snapshots at [email protected] The site might just feature your post on its blog or social media profiles.