2017-12-28 / Upcoming Events

State offering guided Beavertail tour to help ring in the new year

To ring in 2018, state environmental officials will host a guided walking tour of Beavertail State Park from noon to 2 p.m. New Year’s Day.

The one-mile tour Monday is part of the seventh annual First Day Hike organized by the National Association of State Park Directors. Guided tours will be conducted in all 50 states.

“Rhode Island has an amazing selection of historic parks and recreation areas throughout the state where residents and visitors can connect with nature,” said Janet Coit, director of the state Department of Environmental Management. “We are excited to welcome folks to explore Beavertail State Park and its gorgeous scenic vistas.”

The tour will be led by Tom Rosa of the Division of Parks & Recreation. Guests should dress appropriately for the weather, which is forecast to be in the low 20s with the possibility of snow flurries. The hike is on the road to accompany strollers and wheelchairs. Parking is available in the second parking lot on the west side of the park following the entrance. Pets on leashes are welcome.

The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum will offer tours and the gift shop will be open. There also will be free coffee and hot chocolate. Registration is suggested by emailing

Rosa at tom.rosa@dem. ri.gov.

According to the National Association of State Park Directors, almost 62,000 Americans across the country participated in 1,300 guided tours last New Year’s Day. Locally, nearly 400 people hiked Rocky Point in Warwick that day.

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