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How to Get Here

By Car:

From the north, drivers can take either Route 114 or Route 136. Route 114 from I-195 makes its way through East Providence, Barrington, and Warren before turning into Hope Street in Bristol.

Route 136 from I195 crosses through Swansea, Massachusetts, and Warren before becoming Metacom Avenue in Bristol.

From the south or east, Route 114 crosses the Mount Hope Bridge from Portsmouth on Aquidneck Island. Look for the Mount Hope Bridge exit off of Rte. 24.

By Boat:

The mouth of Bristol harbor faces south with Hog Island creating two entry ways. The souteast entrance begins at the Mt. Hope bridge between Bristol Point and the southeast corner of Hog Island and the southwest entrance is formed by Popasquast Point and the northwest corner of Hog Island. Pay close attention to current charts as there is shallow water on the north side of Hog Island.

Boaters can anchor south of the mooring field, off the old stone armory on the east side of the harbor. There is no charge to bring a dinghy to the floating docks in Independence or Rockwell parks.

There are two surfaced ramps for launching boats right downtown. The ramp at Independance Park is open for the public. The second, at the end of State St. has restricted parking (by sticker only).

NOAA Chart #13221 covers the entire Narragansett Bay. #13224 covers the bay's northern section from Greenwich (on the west) and the Mt. Hope Bridge (on the east) to Providence.

Town of Bristol Marina, Rockwell Park, Bristol, R.I. 02809, (401) 253-9847, has slips for boats to 75 feet at $20 a night ($25 with electricity). Pumpout, water and restrooms are available.

Bristol Yacht & Marine Service Co., (west side of the harbor), has some moorings for $20 a night. The yard offers full electrical, mechanical, carpentry, canvas and fiberglass repairs and services. It's a 1 1/2-mile walk to town.

Bristol Yacht Club on Popasquash Road, south of Bristol Yacht and Marine, Channel 68, maintains 250 moorings. Vacant moorings are available to members of yacht clubs with reciprocal privileges at $25 a night, including launch service 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and showers.

For more information, contact Joseph Cabral, harbormaster, office in the armory next to Rockwell Park, Channel 16 or (401) 253-1700.

By Bike:

The East Bay Bike Path begins in Bristol and ends 14 miles later at India Point Park, in Providence. The path is used by cyclists, inline skaters, runners, and walkers with the heaviest traffic on weekends. There is ample parking at Indepence Park, located at the end of Thames Street right along the waterfront in Bristol, and the Tourist Information Center is located directly across the street from the starting point.

The bike path winds its way along the waterfront and through Colt State Park and past the Town Beach. The first few miles of the path are in Bristol. After that, the path passes through the towns of Warren, Barrington, Riverside, East Providence, and finally ends at India Point Park in Providence.