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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Spring 41-55 F
Summer 72-90 F
Fall 47-57 F
Winter 15-21 F
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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.

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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.

Fort Wetherill State Park Day Pass : $7.0

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

Fort Wetherill State Park Season Pass : $60.0

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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Fort Wetherill State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Fort Wetherill State Park?

Summer is the best time of year to visit Fort Wetherill State Park. The weather is warm, and all the park's facilities are open. The area is popular among scuba divers, and other activities include fishing, boating, and hiking.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Fort Wetherill State Park?

Bird watchers will enjoy looking for various bird species, including bluejays, gulls, loons, and hawks. In addition, local wildlife, including white-tail deer and squirrels, can be spotted. For anglers, there is a variety of fish waiting to be caught.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Fort Wetherill State Park?

Fort Wetherill State Park has designated camping sports. RVs and trailers up to 40 feet are allowed in the campgrounds. Campground amenities include electric and water hookups and hot showers.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Fort Wetherill State Park and what is the cost?

Reservations are recommended, and the reservation fee is $8.75. Campers can make reservations 12 months in advance and as late as noon on the same day of arrival. The cancellation fee is $8.75.

Are pets allowed at Fort Wetherill State Park?

Fort Wetherill State Park is pet-friendly. The park allows up to two pets, and they must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. In addition, the owner’s contact information must be on the pet’s collar.