Colt State Park

Hope Street, Bristol, RI, 02809-1710
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Colt State Park

Colt State Park in Bristol is often referred to as the 'gem' of the State Parks System. The entire western border of the park is an open panorama onto Narragansett Bay. Open year round, the park offers four miles of bicycle trails passing 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 400+ picnic tables.

A former family farm, the 460 acre park is surrounded by water with rolling fields, hiking trails, plenty of picnic tables, and a paved walking, running, or bicyling path. The entrance to Colt State Park is located on Hope Street, Bristol with access from Poppasquash Road, between Gooding Ave. and Chestnut St. You can also enter the park via Popasquash Rd., at the North end of Bristol Harbor. Easy access from the East Bay Bike Path.

Entrance Fees: As of July 1, 1998 there will no longer be entrance fees charged at Rhode Island State Parks, although parking fees will still be in effect at the Rhode Island State Beaches. All fees for Picnics and other Park Use still apply. Call the Park Permit Office for further information.

Reservations: Required for Fireplace Sites and for Ceremonial Area

Facility Rentals:

  • Fireplace Sites - USD 4.00 - USD 30.00 per day
  • Gazebo [2 Grills & 8 Picnic Tables] - USD 35.00 per day
  • Ceremonial Area - USD 15.00 for 3 hours

Operational Times:

  • Park: Open year round - Sunrise to Sunset
  • Office Hours: [winter] 8:00 - 3:30 [summer] 8:30 - 4:00

Size: 464 Acres

Other Information: Restrooms Open Seasonally, 45 Picnic Sites,  400 Picnic Tables, 2 Miles of Bridle Paths Jogging Warm Up Station, Parking and Access to East Bay Bike Path.

Facilities: Restrooms, Restrooms for the Disabled,  Parking, Phone,  Concessions, Information,  Gazebo, Fireplaces,  Wedding Chapel, Ornamental Gardens, Jogging Trails.

Activities: Hiking, Jogging, Cycling, Fishing, Picnicking,  Bridle Trails,  Boating,  Scenic Overlooks, Snowmobiling, Photography