Fort Adams State Park

Often referred to as the 'Gem' of the State Parks System, Colt State Park offers an open panorama onto Narragansett Bay, hiking trails, paved bikepaths, and open fields with historic stone walls.

Fort Adams State Park

Situated at the mouth of the Newport Harbor, Fort Adams State Park offers an exceptional panoramic view of both Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. Before being deeded to the State of Rhode Island in 1965, Fort Adams had served the U.S. Navy for ten years and the U.S. Army for more than a century. Today the park offers a wide range of activities including tours of the historic fort, saltwater bathing, fishing, boating, soccer, rugby, and picnicking. Fort Adams is perhaps best known for its annual summer concerts when the jazz and folk festivals draw thousands to enjoy the music and beautiful surroundings.

Amenities & Experiences

Fort Adams State Park features lots of lawns for walking and picnicking. There is also saltwater beach for bathing and fishing. Sail Newport,

Experiences: Sightseeing, Hiking, Walking, Birding, Saltwater Fishing, Science Education, Picnicking, Photography

Fort Adams Trust: Historic Fort Adams is operated by the Fort Adams Trust a non-profit with a mission to protect and promote the historic places and public spaces at the gateway to Narragansett Bay and Newport. The Fort often hosts guided tours and special historical events like reenactments of battles and the daily lives of soldiers in a historic setting. The original defenses still standing include walls, powder magazines, guns and cannons, and tunnels. The fort also welcomes people to seasonal events, like its Halloween season Fright and the Fort fun house. For hours and information, visit

Sail Newport a non-profit organization based at Fort Adams, offers instruction and rentals of sailboats and windsurfing equipment. Sail Newport also hosts sailing events and races with the park as its home base. For hours and information, visit


  • Bicycling
  • Hiking
  • Stroller-Friendly Paths
  • Roller Blading
  • Birding
  • Saltwater Fishing
  • Paddling
  • Walking and Running
  • Picnicking
  • Weddings


  • Accessible Fishing Pier
  • Picnic Pavilions
  • Picnic Tables
  • Canoe Kayak Launch
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Restroom Facilities

History Of Fort Adams State Park (1965)

Fort Adams State Park

Before being deeded to the State of Rhode Island in 1965, Fort Adams had served the U.S. Navy for ten years and the U.S. Army for more than a century. The Fort rests at an elbow to the entrance of Newport Harbor. Ships need to enter the East Passage of Narragansett Bay, passing the Coast Guard station and lighthouse at Castle Hill and the Hammersmith Farm of the Kennedy family, before coming broadside to Fort Adams on the east and Fort Wetherill on Jamestown to the west. This ‘choke point,’ commanded before Fort Adams by a colonial battery on one side of the passage and Fort Dumpling on the other, was a good location to foil sea invaders to Newport Harbor, which lies beyond these sentinels. Further up the passage was another fort on Goat Island. In colonial times this emplacement which formed a kind of triangle with the former was known successively as Fort Anne, Fort George, and Fort Liberty.

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