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India Point Park

Providence, City of Providence

1.5 miles of trail

1.5 miles

1.5 miles of trail at this site are wheelchair and stroller-friendly, however, these trails may not meet ADA standards.

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Very Easy

Trails that are smooth and relatively level with no steps, no roots, stones or uneven ground. These may be paved, crushed stone, continuous boardwalk and similar surfaces. These trails have a route that is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy loop or network of trails.

Easy

Relatively flat and smooth trails with a route that is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy loop or network of trails.

Moderate

May have a few hills or steep sections and multiple surface types including rocks and roots. Trails are generally well-marked but following them requires a trail map.

Difficult

Strenuous trails, trail systems that mostly involve multi-mile loops and trails that are narrow and may have obstacles such as stream crossings or rocky areas, some trails are less well marked.

Click on the "Trail Map (PDF)" button to download a PDF of the trail map that you can print and take with you on the trail.

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In Rhode Island the primary hunting seasons typically run from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and from the third Saturday in April to the last day in May, however this can vary from year to year and depends on what game is being hunted. During hunting season you should wear at least 200 square inches (a hat OR a vest) of blaze orange. During shotgun deer season, which is typically in December, you should wear at least 500 square inches of blaze orange (a hat AND a vest). For more information see the RI DEM website.

What’s There:

Located in the historic Fox Point neighborhood of Providence’s East Side, India Point Park is celebrated for its sweeping views of the Providence Harbor and Seekonk River. In addition to lighted, paved & stone dust walking paths along the water, the park includes a playground with ropes, swings and a sandbox. There is a ceremonial dock and a pedestrian bridge over Rt. 195 - connecting the park to the neighborhood. India Point Park is the location for the City’s annual 4th of July fireworks display, along with concerts and festivals throughout the summer. Seastreak & RIPTA operate a ferry to Newport from a dock adjacent to the park.

India Point Park has a rich history as the hub of Providence sea commerce, and in the early 19th century, it was even the location of the first Providence train station. Passengers would arrive from Boston by train and take a boat the rest of the journey to New York City. The pilings visible in the water are remnants of the warehouses that sprung up along the waterfront. As shipping declined, the area along the river was used as a scrap yard.

In 1974, environmentalist Mary Elizabeth Sharpe pushed the city to turn the land into a public park. She convinced the mayor to match her $153,000 pledge and proposed a renovation that included playgrounds, picnic areas, bike paths, a promenade, and a boathouse. The park is now stewarded by the Friends of India Point Park

Providence Parks Department, neighborhood parks information

Friends of India Point Park

Getting There:

India Street Entrance

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Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: Follow Gano Street southbound until it turns into India Street as you approach the park. The parking lot is just ahead on the left. In addition to the parking lot there is extensive roadside parking along India Street adjacent to the park.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 30 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? Yes

Coordinates: 41° 49.072' N    71° 23.428' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


The RIPTA 92 bus passes near the park on Wickendon Street. Get off near East Street and follow East Street two blocks to the footbridge over the highway

The Providence side of the East Bay Bike Path begins as the park


 

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