East Passage Fort Adams to Lands End

Newport, Rhode Island

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This trip combines a tour of Newport Harbor with a view of the famous Newport mansions on the Cliff Walk. Landing is almost impossible because the shoreline is privately owned; the exceptions are Brenton Point State Park (surge dependent) and Kings Beach (more reliable), just beyond. From Fort Adams State Park, you’ll take in a panoramic view of Newport Harbor and the hundreds of boats moored there, downtown Newport, and the sweeping Newport Bridge to Jamestown. Paddling through Newport Harbor at the waterline of hundreds of beautiful, expensive, and historic sailboats is always popular. Then paddle northeast around Fort Adams. Fort Adams was built between 1824 and 1857 and was active through World War II. The largest coastal fortification in the United States, it commands the entrance to Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. It is the site of the Museum of Yachting (you will see large hulls perched on the lawn); in summer the Newport Jazz Festival draws kayakers who dodge hundreds of concert-going boats anchored offshore.
Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast

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Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast

by Tamsin Venn (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

This trip combines a tour of Newport Harbor with a view of the famous Newport mansions on the Cliff Walk. Landing is almost impossible because the shoreline is privately owned; the exceptions are Brenton Point State Park (surge dependent) and Kings Beach (more reliable), just beyond. From Fort Adams State Park, you’ll take in a panoramic view of Newport Harbor and the hundreds of boats moored there, downtown Newport, and the sweeping Newport Bridge to Jamestown.

Paddling through Newport Harbor at the waterline of hundreds of beautiful, expensive, and historic sailboats is always popular. Then paddle northeast around Fort Adams. Fort Adams was built between 1824 and 1857 and was active through World War II. The largest coastal fortification in the United States, it commands the entrance to Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. It is the site of the Museum of Yachting (you will see large hulls perched on the lawn); in summer the Newport Jazz Festival draws kayakers who dodge hundreds of concert-going boats anchored offshore.

©  Tamsin Venn/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Newport
Distance: 7
Duration: Day Trip
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Fort Adams State Park, Brenton Point State Park
Local Maps: NOAA #13221 at 1:46,500
Driving Directions: Directions to East Passage: Fort Adams to Lands End

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