Colt State Park

Discover the crown jewel of Rhode Island's State Parks System at Colt State Park, affectionately known as the "Gem" of outdoor destinations.

The Park's 464-acre haven boasts panoramic views of Narragansett Bay, offering hiking trails, paved bike paths, and expansive open fields bordered by historic stone walls. Just moments away from Bristol's historic downtown, home to the nation's oldest 4th of July parade, Colt State Park invites visitors and locals alike to soak in its natural splendor.

Wander along the park's shoreline, where grassy fields meet the shimmering waters of Narragansett Bay, providing an idyllic backdrop for photographers and artists. Open year-round, Colt State Park seamlessly integrates with the East Bay Bike Path, spanning from Bristol to Providence. Launch your boat from the park's ramp, perfect for exploring the bay's waters, or revel in outdoor activities like kite flying and games in the spacious fields. Even in winter, the park transforms into a snowy wonderland, inviting cross-country skiers and snowshoers to enjoy its coastal charm. Immerse yourself in nature's beauty and endless adventures at Colt State Park, where every season offers a new reason to explore.

History of Colt State Park

Colt State Park's origins trace back to the Colt family, whose legacy intertwines with Bristol's maritime past, marked by the rise and fall of the influential DeWolf family. Samuel Pomeroy Colt's vision transformed the Colt Farm into a showcase of wealth and hospitality, inviting the public to enjoy its opulent grounds and prized Jersey cattle. Today, the park welcomes visitors to explore its extensive trails, picnic areas, and recreational facilities, while also serving as a pivotal link in Rhode Island's network of state parks and bikeways, connecting Bristol to the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.


  • 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

For More Information, visit Rhode Island State Parks.