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Colt State Park is known as the gem of the State Parks System. The entire western border of the park is an open panorama onto Narragansett Bay. Colt State park is open year round. Four miles of bicycle trails pass along the Bay and through 464 acres of groomed fruit trees, carefully nurtured flowering bushes, and manicured lawns. Rich in history, it proudly displays its popular open air Chapel-By-The-Sea, ten large playfields, and six picnic groves containing 200+ picnic tables.

In recent years, Colt State Park has taken on new significance as the nucleus of State plans to preserve open space and provide additional recreational opportunities along the east side of Narragansett Bay. Two recent projects are worth noting:

First is the recent construction of a new fishing pier and dock on the northwest shore of the park.

The second project for the East Bay Bicycle Path was completed and the path runs from India Point Park in Providence, along the northeast side of the Bay and will terminate and intergrade with the existing bike path system in Colt State Park in Bristol.

In both of these projects Colt State Park has been the cornerstone to providing important public access to recreational opportunities on Narragansett Bay and along the northeast shore of upper Narragansett Bay.

Colt State Park hosts a variety of activities including: picnicking, hiking, jogging, saltwater fishing, boating, bicycling, snowmobiling and naturalist programs. In the past, concerts have been a favorite summer pastime drawing attendance of anywhere from 200 to 10,000 people to it’s spacious lawns for sunset programs overlooking Narragansett Bay.

Recently, The Department of Environmental Management, Division of Parks and Recreation, American Heart Association and the Rhode Island prevention coalition have formed a partnership to sponsor a Path to Health at Colt State Park in Bristol, Rhode Island. The path's main loop connects other walking routes in the park, past a fitness station, and into an enchanting woodland trail that leads to beautiful Narragansett Bay. Other woodland trails offshoot this main part of the path, offering the opportunity to explore and , perhaps, spot some wildlife. The path continues along the waterfront until it meets a breathtaking and diverse salt water marsh crossing a stone bridge , coaxing you for a stroll through woods and fields, into gardens, along stone walls and finally, into the town beach where you can enjoy a youth fitness station, playground and skate park. A small woodland trail near the youth fitness station leads you back to the main loop at the edge of the salt mash to complete this picturesque park tour. With bike paths, picnics, beaches, ponds, gardens, fields, and playgrounds people of all ages have ways to enjoy the Path to Health.

Attractions - Restrooms, Restrooms for the Disabled, Parking, Concessions, Gazebo, Fireplaces, Wedding Chapel, Ornamental Gardens, Jogging Trails

Recreation - Hiking, Jogging, Cycling, Fishing, Picnicking, Bridle Trails, Boating, Scenic Overlooks, Snowmobiling, and Photography are available to park visitors.

Climate - The large bodies of water surrounding Rhode Island make the climate temperate, although high humidity does exist. Summer highs usually average near 70 degrees F, with a few days, usually in July and August, reaching 90 degrees. Nights along the water can be cool, but usually temperatures remain at a comfortable level near 60 degrees. Winter temperatures average near 30 degrees for daytime highs. Snow is often changed to rain as it reaches the coast and doesn't last long if it does fall to the ground. The wind can be bitter during the winter months so be prepared with a wind breaking jacket.

Location - Directions from Providence: Take Interstate Rte.195 East, to Exit 7, Rte.114 South, to Hope Street in Bristol.

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Contact Information:
Colt State Park, Hope Street , Bristol, Rhode Island, 02809-1710, Phone: (401) 253-7482, Fax: (401) 253-6766

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