Originally called King's Towne and incorporated in 1674, the area included the present towns of South Kingstown, North Kingstown, and Narragansett. The first settlement was in South Kingstown, and it was there, in the Great Swamp Fight of 1675, that colonial soldiers from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut gave King Philip his greatest defeat.
Farming was the main activity in early times. Prior to colonial settlement, however, the Narragansetts occupied the area, farming, hunting, and fishing. Although corn was their principal crop, they also produced squash, beans, and strawberries. Venison, cod, and shellfish were their primary sources of protein.
13. Green Hill Beach
Located off Green Hill Beach Road, this site is a sandy, dune-backed beach offering no parking. Most of the beach is lined with residences, condominiums, and other beachfront development. A right-of-way located here consists of a sandy path leading to Green Hill Beach.
14. Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge
This 640-acre national wildlife refuge surrounds Rhode Island's only undeveloped coastal salt pond. Access is from Matunuck Schoolhouse Road. From the parking area, three miles of gently sloping foot trails weave through the refuge leading to points along the north shoreline of Trustom Pond. The site has three wildlife observation towers and is a beautiful place to visit each season of the year. Because it is a wildlife refuge, dogs, bicycling, horseback riding, and motorcycling are prohibited.
Picnic tables/benches, swimming, toilets, trash receptacles
15. Moonstone Beach
Part of the Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge, this is one of Rhode Island's more isolated and beautiful beaches. The beach is fenced off at a mean high-water mark to protect the sand dune habitat and the endangered piping plovers that nest on the beach. The end of Moonstone Beach Road is a public right-of-way. No parking is available.
16. Roy Carpenter's Beach
Hidden by the dense bungalow community south of Cards Pond Road, this private beach is open to the public for a fee. A wooden pavilion, beach rentals, a general store, a snack bar, and parking for a fee are available.
Picnic tables/benches, toilets, trash receptacles
17. South Kingstown Town Beach
Where Matunuck Beach Road reaches the shore, there is a town beach facility with picnic areas, boardwalks, a playground, a volleyball court, and dirt paths leading to the beach. Several stores within walking distance carry food, sundries, and beach supplies. The parking facility accommodates approximately 80 vehicles. The beach charges a fee in the summer season, but is open to both town residents and nonresidents.
Handicap access, picnic tables/benches, fishing, wildlife observation, toilets, trash receptacles
18. Deep Hole Fishing Area
Located near the end of Matunuck Beach Road, this small pocket of sandy beach is set aside for Rhode Island fishermen. However, compatible uses such as surfing are allowed. Parking is available for approximately 30 cars.
19. Ocean Avenue
At the narrow end of Ocean Avenue, a stair pathway leads down to the west end of East Matunuck State Beach. Though this is great beach access, no parking is available.
CRMC ROW#: D-4
Swimming, fishing, hiking/walking
20. Matunuck Management Area
Off Succotash Road, north of East Matunuck Beach, this area encompasses over 145 acres of salt marsh and wetlands on Potter Pond, Point Judith Pond, and Block Island Sound. Popular activities in this area include canoeing, bird watching, and fishing. It is an ideal setting to observe many migratory bird and waterfowl species in the fall and spring. On occasion, nature walks are offered through the area. Parking is available at the west end of the state beach lot for a fee.
21. East Matunuck State Beach
Located south of Succotash Road, this state beach is popular during the summer season for swimming and off-season for walking. From the pavilion, there is a beautiful view over the dunes of the Succotash Salt Marsh, a state-managed wetlands conservation area. On a clear day, Block Island is visible on the horizon. Public parking is available all year with a fee in the summer.
Handicap access, picnic tables/benches, concessions, toilets, trash receptacles
22. Kenport Marina
Located on Succotash Road, this privately run marina has a boat ramp available to the public for a nominal fee. Parking for non-customers is available on a first-come first-served basis. A bait shop and ship store are also available. A restaurant and a fish market are situated nearby.
Dock, fishing, toilets, trash receptacles
23. Gooseberry Road Town Ramp
A town right-of-way at the end of Gooseberry Road, next to Channel Marina, this public access has an asphalt boat ramp in good condition. This site is not frequently used because there is no public parking available.
24. Pond Street Ramp
At the end of Pond Street, this marked right-of-way on Billington Cove, Point Judith Pond, is one of the town's four public boat ramps. The site and the ramp are in good condition. The ramp is next to private marina facilities. No parking is available.
25. Marina Park
This municipal park, just south of Route 1, is located at the head of Point Judith Pond on Salt Pond Road, across the street from several marinas, a town boat ramp, and a restaurant. A large grassy area, formerly known as Heritage Field, is the site for a number of annual events such as carnivals and boat shows. Also in Marina Park is the URI Sailing Club. Beginning and intermediate sailing classes are offered during the summer. The public can join the URI Sailing Club for a nominal fee. There are benches available and 30 parking spaces.
Dock, trash receptacles
57. Narrow River Boat Ramp
This state-owned boat ramp is in good condition and offers several parking spaces. Take Middlebridge Road to Pollock Avenue. Boaters should be aware that Narrow River has several bridges along its length that could pose an obstacle to boats with high superstructures or towers. Parking is available.
59. Pettaquamscutt Park
High over the Narrow River is the historic site of the original purchase of surrounding lands by British colonists from three sachems of the Narra-gansetts in 1657. There is a trail to the top of the rock and a sweeping view of the Narrow River. The trail starts at the town park at the base of the rock. Parking on the road is restricted.
Historic interest, hiking/walking,
trash receptacles, picnic tables/benches
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