The Indian territory now occupied by Tiverton and neighboring Little Compton was known as Pocasset. Tiverton was named after Tiverton, England, and was incorporated by Massachusetts in 1694. One of five towns received from Massachusetts by royal decree, Tiverton was given to Rhode Island on January 27, 1746, in the resolution of a border dispute.
T1. Riverside Marine
Riverside Marine is located on Riverside Drive. The ramp is busy on weekends and parking fills up quickly. Fee.
T2. Sakonnet Bridge Access
Off Riverside Drive, under the Sakonnet Bridge, is a hard-packed sand boat launch area. There is room for several vehicles with trailers to park across the street. Parking for vehicles without trailers is available on the street. Riverside Marine boat launch is located just to the north. Not a scenic spot, but good access to the Sakonnet River and Mount Hope Bay.
T3. Grinnell's Beach
Located off Main Road (Route 77), just south of the Stone Bridge Pier, this small crescent of beach has a restroom facility with showers and changing rooms, a children’s play area, and a lifeguard in the summer at a designated swimming area. There is a nice view of the Sakonnet River and Gould Island. Parking is available for 50 cars, with a fee in the summer.
T4. Nannaquaket Bridge
A bridge across the tidal inlet to Nannaquaket Pond provides good fishing access. There is a small parking area for 20 cars on the west end of the bridge. There are also steps to the pond from an adjacent sidewalk.
T5. Two Rod Way
This right-of-way at the end of Two Rod Way, off Seapowet Road, offers a great view of the Sakonnet River. It also provides access to the coastal trails of the Emily Ruecker Wildlife Refuge. The extension of this road is a good place to hand-launch a boat into a protected cove.
T6. Emily Ruecker Wildlife Refuge
This 50.5-acre refuge owned by ASRI encompasses freshwater, brackish, and marine habitats as well as wooded uplands and fields. A network of trails runs through the refuge and follows the shores of the Sakonnet River. This is an ideal spot for walking and bird watching year round. There are trail maps available at the entrance at the parking area and trailhead, located off Seapowet Road.
T7. Seapowet Marsh and Point Fishing Area
Located off Seapowet Avenue, this refuge area includes a variety of coastal habitats. There is a parking area along a cobble beach north of the bridge over the Seapowet River and walking or driving access to Seapowet Point. There is a marsh on the point, popular for shellfishing. The beach is a good spot for walking, fishing, bird watching, or enjoying the view of the river. There is also a small gravel boat ramp south of the bridge that provides access to an extensive salt marsh and tidal creek area.
T8. Fogland Road
A right-of-way located at the end of Fogland Road, at the junction with High Hill Avenue, leads to a concrete boat ramp on the Sakonnet River. There is a view of the Sakonnet River and Fogland Beach from here. Parking is available at nearby Fogland Beach.
T9. Fogland Beach
Fogland Beach provides an excellent windsurfing area and a beautiful view of the Sakonnet River and the Portsmouth shoreline. The cove area to the north of the beach is convenient for nature study. Amenities include changing rooms, showers, and a children’s playground. Parking is available for a fee in the summer.
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