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About South County

South County can not be found on the map since the official name is Washington County. Rhode Islanders who live there have been arguing over the origin of the South County name and its actual boundaries for many generations. The towns that make up Washington County, which is better known as South County, include the towns of Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Richmond, South Kingstown, Westerly and West Greenwich. This area which includes the southern section of Rhode Island is a microcosm of New England encompassing historic charm, wetlands, wilderness, beaches on both salt and fresh water. The sand of the ocean beaches rival many of the best sand beaches in the world. This part of Rhode Island has rolling farmland, thick forests, as well as breathtaking and photogenic Atlantic ocean views as well as bay front vistas of Narragansett Bay.

Nature at its best

Nature is presented at its best especially in the Charlestown area, where visitors will find 19 preserves, state parks, beaches and forest areas to enjoy managed by the government. In Charlestown, for instance, there are Burlingame State Park, Moonstone Waterfowl Refuge, Ninigret Park, and the Trustom Pond Wildlife Refuge. Going a little further, on a backpacking trip, into Arcadia Park, or to South Kingstown's Great Swamp, visitors will find them remote and so full of wildlife that it almost seems like a primeval experience.

Slower paced life

Visitors will find the pace slower than found in many of the large commercial resort areas around other parts of the country. The air is fresh and unpolluted making South County, Rhode Island a special place to visit. A visit to this coastal region called South County is like a trip back to the days before family trips to those huge theme parks became thing to do. Visitors will delight in the simplicity they find in South County with its miles of shoreline sprinkled with beachfront cottages and inns, restaurants offering fresh seafood, roadside stands selling locally grown produce, and freshly made bread and pies.

History abounds

Among this unspoiled backdrop of nature, South County is alive with many examples of colonial America still in great condition. The communities contain historic homes, museums, and abound with reminders of a rich Indian heritage. When visitors follow the New England Heritage Trail through South County, they can see such historic sites as one of America's oldest carousels in Watch Hill; the famous old Narragansett Casino Towers; Saunderstown's circa 1750 Casey Farm and Gilbert Stuart's birthplace; and Smith's Castle, America's oldest plantation house, located in North Kingstown. Watch Hill and Narragansett, the well maintained 19th century seaside resorts, have many large and beautiful shingle style summer cottages reminiscent of the 1890's to th early 1900's era.

Fishing villages and Block Island

North of Charlestown, visitors will find wonderful small fishing villages like Galilee, a fascinating commercial fishing village, where visitors can observe lobster boats and deep sea fishing boats unload the day's catch. There are also charter fishing boats for those who wish to try the deep sea fishing themselves. It is a short ferry ride to picturesque Block Island from Galilee, with its vintage Victorian homes, surf, sand and beautiful countryside. Although a Block Island is known as a summer resort, visiting in the spring or fall, when the crowds disappear is a great way to see the island. The island has more than 200 species of migratory birds in search of sanctuary and make it well worth the trip. Wickford, with its quaint shops, stately colonial homes and quahogging fleet is worth taking the time to visit. South County visitors should remember to include picturesque Kingston, home of the University of Rhode Island in their itinerary.

Charlestown has lots to offer

Charlestown and South County offer vacationers relaxing alternative to the hustle and bustle of some of the larger New England destinations. Visitors can still find the first class amenities of the major destinations, while enjoying themselves in a relaxed and comfortable environment. The Charlestown coastal areas have been maintained with conservation techniques and none more so than Ninigret Park. The waters in Charlestown are perfect for boating, fishing, swimming, and exploring. If you need your fix of the faster paced life, Charlestown is less than a 45 minute drive from either Newport or Providence. But if you are more in the mood to unwind and enjoy soaking up the laid back lifestyle of Charlestown, you will find many top rated restaurants right in the neighborhood. There's a reason why Charlestown hosts an Annual Seafood Festival! Because the seafood here is second to none.

Boating is very popular

Throughout South County there are many boating areas, protected anchorages as well as full service marinas. Visitors will also find plenty chances to walk on the beaches and hike through the woods, kayak or canoe on the ponds and rivers. In the ponds and by the ocean shorelines there is clamming for fresh quahogs or just relaxing and enjoying the tidal marshes. Beach-goers can spend those idyllic summer days by building sandcastles, riding the waves on boogie boards, surf-casting and digging for clams. Visitors will find that South County is one of the country's finest fishing destinations offering almost two dozen streams and ponds stocked with trout, bass and great northern pike. The area around South County is also one of the premier stripped bass fishing areas on the east coast