URI Bay Campus

URI Bay Campus near Narragansett, RI

This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
Hiking, Sea Kayaking
Summer, Fall
Narragansett, RI
User Stringer

On one of the many URI campuses, this spot offers a superb location for getting out onto Narragansett Bay. The site is a public launch with free parking and a very small beach. Protected by its location there are typically little to no waves, unless there is a storm or a strong NE wind. The one caution that I would throw out there is that the hill on the way down to the beach is very steep. Check your car?s breaks before you go. From the launch site you can paddle to the left (south) and make your way up to Bonnet Shores along the coastline, which a nice simple paddle as long as you stay north of the cliffs. If you paddle to the right of the launch site (north) you will find yourself headed towards the Jamestown Bridge. Both of these paddles are very easy and simple, just stay close to shore and keep an eye out for boat traffic. In the summer time this area can be very busy. If you are up for a good paddle you can actually head straight across to Jamestown from this spot. Please be very careful of the traffic as you cross, and it is a MUST that you check the High Speed Ferry schedule. This ferry leaves from Quonset and shoots right down the middle of the bay. He will not stop, and there have been accidents in the past. When you come back from paddling you can walk along the waterfront. it is a short but scenic walk.

This spot is also great for fishing, and I have been told that there is great spear fishing here as well.


From RT 1 N make a right at the 138/Bridgetown Road Intersection on to Bridge Town Rd. You should be going down a long curvy hill at this point. Follow this road to the stop light at Rt 1A, go directly across to South Ferry Road and follow this until you get to the beach.

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