People often discover South Kingstown through the University of Rhode Island but return for its historic charm, arts-oriented community, great surfing beaches, and outdoors lifestyle. Almost a third of South Kingstown's 57 square miles is protected open space, allowing the town to maintain a rural character even as the population has doubled. There are two beaches, three rivers, several salt ponds, an 8-mile bike path, and numerous hiking trails, making it a great place for outdoors enthusiasts. Locals don't refer to it as South Kingstown. They use the names of its 14 distinct villages, which include Wakefield, Peace Dale, Matunuck, Snug Harbor, West Kingston, and Kingston, home of the University of Rhode Island's main campus.
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