Warren, RI

Warren, like Tiverton, was given to Rhode Island from Massachusetts in the settlement of a boundary dispute in 1746, and was incorporated as a town the following year.

The town was named after Admiral Sir Peter Warren, who commanded the British fleet that cooperated with the New England troops in the capture of the fortress of Louisberg. The town was pillaged and partially burned by Hessian troops during the Revolutionary War. In the early days, Warren held its place in world commerce mostly by shipbuilding. Its plentiful water supply from the Warren and Kickamuit rivers, together with its location on Narragansett Bay, soon helped to make it a thriving industrial center.

1. East Bay Bicycle Path-Warren Leg

This state-owned bike path on the old railroad grade offers scenic views of several coastal water bodies: Palmer River, Belcher Cove, Warren River, and upper Narragansett Bay. The best places to park your car are at Colt State Park in Bristol, Haines Park in Barrington, and the Franklin Street park-and-ride in Warren. The path is not limited to bikers; it is also enjoyed by walkers, joggers, and rollerbladers. Motorized vehicles are prohibited.

  • Handicap access, picnic tables/ benches, concessions, wildlife observation, fishing, trash receptacles

2. Brown Street Extension

Brown Street Extension curves around a municipal pumping station and ends at a wetland with a small path along the southwestern shore of Belcher Cove. Although it has no facilities, this public right-of-way is a nice spot for bird watching or taking a rest from bicycling along the bike path.

Fig: Burr’s Hill Park3. Wheaton Street Boat Ramp

This town boat ramp is located at the end of Wheaton Street on the Warren River. The ramp is flanked by a fish company on one side and the Warren Sewage Treatment Plant on the other. The boat ramp is in fair condition and is a bit steep. Parking is limited. There is a small dock for quahog boats.

4. Warren Town Beach

On the Warren River, north of Burr’s Hill Park, is a 2.3-acre town beach. The shoreline has a sandy beach with a seawall and a grassy area with a small playground. A lifeguard is on duty in the summer. No dogs, bicycles, or fires are allowed on the beach. Parking is restricted to town residents during the summer. Fee.

  • Picnic tables/benches, toilets, trash receptacles

5. Burr's Hill Park

Located south of Warren Town Beach, this 7.6-acre park offers baseball, basketball, tennis, and a nice view of the water from the parking lot or from several paths that run through the park. The park is close to the East Bay Bicycle Path. Parking is restricted to town residents during the summer.

  • Picnic tables/benches, historic interest, toilets, trash receptacles

6. Maple Street

A shoreline access sign marks this town right-of-way on the Warren River. There is a grassy area under a tree and a small seawall that make this a pleasant place to stop while on the adjacent East Bay Bicycle Path.

  • CRMC ROW#: R-1
  • Boat ramp

7. Harris Avenue

Located on the Kickemuit River, this right-of-way ends in a small marshy and sandy area. This area gets mostly local use.

  • CRMC ROW#: R-4

8. Clark Road

This town right-of-way ends in a mudflat on the Kickemuit River. The area is suitable for hand-launched boats.

9. Patterson Avenue

This right-of-way has a small path leading around a wetland on the Kickemuit River. This is a good spot for bird watching. No parking is available.

  • CRMC ROW#: R-3

Fig: Barker Avenue10. Parker Avenue

Parker Avenue ends in a very overgrown dirt path that juts out into the Kickemuit River. This is a good place for bird watching.

  • CRMC ROW#: R-2

11. Barker Avenue

At the end of Barker Avenue, a 50- yard gravel path leads to the remnants of stone columns on both sides of the Kickemuit River. This is a good place for fishing.

  • Wildlife observation

12. Road to Town Landing

At the end of Maple Road, it seems that the road has become a private drive, but don’t be fooled. This road end provides a peaceful place to sit and look out across the Bay. Vehicle traffic should be kept to a minimum.

  • CRMC ROW#: R-10

Fig: Shore Drive13. Shore Drive

There are four rights-of-way on Shore Drive, one of which is marked with a faded access sign.

  • CRMC ROW#: R-6 to R-9

14. Touisset Marsh Wildlife Refuge

This 66-acre refuge, owned by ASRI, fronts on the Kickemuit River and Chace Cove and offers splendid views of both. In addition to the water, the refuge includes open fields and forested areas, thereby providing diverse habitats that attract numerous birds and other forms of wildlife. A network of trails runs through the property. Parking is available behind the Touisset Fire Station off Touisset Road.