Karla Young cuts flowers for her farm stand in Little Compton Rhode Island
Triverton’s Four Corners, 12 miles to the northwest of Horseneck beach State Park offers a cluster of 30 art and craft galleries, a gourmet bakery, and Grays ice cream stand.
Summer brings fresh produce to the farm stands starting in June Karla Young’s Family Farm on Route 71 in Little Compton, four miles south from Four Corners on Route 77 offers fresh corn on the cob, (July) and fresh fruit and vegetables from the 180 acre farm that she and husband Tyler manage. .
Former Whaling Village of Westport
Little Compton Commons
Sailing Narragansett Bay
Horseneck Beach State Park
Horseneck Beach Capmping will put you In the midst of bike trails, nature trails on nearby Gooseberry Neck, and Beaches.
Horseneck Beach State Park is close enough to Newport RI for a day trip and Halfway on The Coastal Villages Trail, A scenic ride from Little Compton, RI to the village of New Bedford, MA and its Whaling Museum.
The park accommodates RV and Tent camping.
Camping on The Coastal Villages Trail
Horseneck Beach State Park Campground is great resource for travelers on the Coastal Villages Trail.
The country roads east from Horseneck Beach lead to Padanaram, home since 1938 of the famous Concordia sailing yawls and a haven for small boat sailors.
Back in 1898, an event largely overlooked occurred near here when retired China Trade Sea Captain Joshua Slocum returned after a three-year solo circumnavigation of the globe in his 37-foot oyster sloop, Spray, the first ever solo voyage around the world. He wrote an ingenuous no-frills adventure yarn in vigorous prose sure to please.
From Horseneck Beach drive 20 miles north and find Fall River, a onetime mill city that attracts travelers with its factory outlets and the steel-hulled warships at the floating museum of Battleship Cove. There you can tour the Battleship Massachusetts, the Submarine Lionfish, the Destroyer J P Kennedy, two PT boats, and a Russian guided-missile cruiser . Nearby, outlet malls occupy old mill buildings.
Allen “Pappy” Manley runs the Alderbrook farm along with his wife Nancy, a family operation since 1898 on the Russels Mills Rd, Dartmouth MA
Herman Melville visited New Bedford's Seamen’s Bethel and gathered detail for his tales of Moby Dick. You can visit and see the pulpit designed as a the bow of a ship.
Just eight miles north of Horseneck Beach State Park you find the Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery where they conduct wine tours that include the processing rooms and a tasting gathered around their herb garden.
Special events include a Chef's demonstration of pairing of wines and foods that include a gourmet meal served with the appropriate wines. The rolling hills bathed in coastal mist in the morning have a climate akin to that of northern France and produce white wines.
Drive six miles north of Horseneck Beach State Park and find the village of Westport Point. You can see the house of Stephen Davis, 1770, once a designer of ship hulls, John Head, 1776, builder of colonial homes, and Gideon Davis an 1827 Captain of a whaling square rigger. The preserved homes of the 19th Century seafarers line the narrow main street terminating at the docks from where the whalers once sailed the world and now lobstermen and gill-netters coax a living from the sea.
On this road a few miles north find Lee's Market, great coffee, a huge wine list, and free WiFi
At Little Compton Commons you will see a New England village that retains the flavor of the old New England seacoast whaling villages and farming communities. The common’s white clapboard church, the tallest building in town, looms over the center of the green surrounded by old gravestones wreathed in a patina of lichen beneath shading maples. Untroubled by civilization, the Commons is not unusual in this region deliberately out of step with the modern world.
Another good stop along the way would be to Adamsville. Legend has it that rum runners once rowed up the estuary in the dark of night to deliver illegal whisky near the gristmill in an era that gave the town the name, Valley of Sin.
Lamplights line the street where two general stores, the Barn Restaurant, (good stop for Breakfast) and several gift shops surround the plaque honoring the region’s development of the Rhode Island Red, a variety of rooster world renown.
Horseneck Beach State Park is located on Rhode Island Sound, a coastal area of farms, antique shops, art galleries, wineries and nature preserves.
Sea Captains of the China Trade built their houses near the ports and shoreline villages on Rhode Island Sound.
A good outing can start at the Gilded Age mansions of Newport and end to the north in the whaling town of New Bedford. You can follow the Coastal Villages Trail and see historic houses villages and many galleries of art and antiques.
Horseneck beach State Park is located at the mid point of the Coastal villages Trail and makes a good base for day trips.
You can find antique shops and art galleries along the way as well as farm stands, wine tasting vineyards and ice-cream shops.
Horseneck Beach State Park
Horseneck Beach State Park Campground in Westport MA is nicely located on the coast at the mid point of the Coastal Villages Trail.
On the Coastal Village trail find nearby find two wineries, many farm stands selling fresh eggs and produce, art galleries, antique shops, and several shops with free WiFi such as Lees market in Westport.
The park offers nature trails, beach walking, sand beaches, a bike trail and nearby Nature Preserve, water access for boating and fishing.
Tent or RV. beach-side sites, dump station, lavatory, fire pits, reserve on line or at gate. (100 sites)
Horseneck Beach Tent and RV Camping, Westport, MA
Lorraine checks for legs
How To Reach Horseneck Beach: From the north, take Route 24 to Route 195, head east to Route 88. (exit 10) Follow 88 past the town of Westport Point and find Horseneck just beyond Westport Point on Route 88.
From the west and south, go to Providence and find Route 195 east. Connect to Route 88 east of Fall River.
Newport Mansions from Cliffwalk
Horseneck Beach State Park is great for car camping. The sites at the shore line book fast . The sites within the park are quiet and have picnic benches and fire pits.
Horseneck Beach State Park is in an area of sand dunes where there are no shade trees. Sand beaches are found to the right of the park facing the ocean, along the paved trail
What to Do While Visiting Horseneck Beach State Park
From Horseneck Beach, Newport Rhode Island and its mansions can be a 30 mile day trip.
Flying into Boston for a trip to Horseneck Beach, Cape Cod, or Newport:
Best Time To Visit Horseneck Beach: from June to October the weather at Horseneck Beach will favor outdoor activity. The park is open May to Mid October. Spring can bring fog from the cold waters of Buzzards Bay/Rhode Island Sound. Birding is popular early and late in the seasons as the migratory birds visit the nature preserve at Gooseberry Neck nearby. Reserve site www.mass.gov/dcr/recreate/camping.htm
Horseneck Beach Tent Camping in Westport, MA offers bike trails, nature trails, and sand beaches.
Horseneck Beach State Park on Rhode Island Sound's Coastal Villages Trail accommodates RV and Tent Camping.
Horseneck Beach Camping in Westport, MA
Horseneck Beach State Park accommodates tent and RV camping