Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

Middletown, Rhode Island

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At this 242-acre former naval communications station, visitors explore a jagged rocky peninsula overlooking Sachuest Bay, the broad Sakonnet River mouth, and the open waters of Rhode Island Sound. From October to mid-April, wintering harlequin ducks with their striking plumage captivate birders and casual spectators. Storms can crowd nearly a hundred of these birds onto the shoreline rocks. Located 5 miles east of Newport, in Middletown. An easy perimeter loop travels the shoreline and upland habitat of Sachuest Point. The trail is virtually flat. No pets. Beware of poison ivy, and because biting insects can annoy, bring repellent.
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by Rhonda & Greg Ostertag (Falcon Guides)

At this 242-acre former naval communications station, visitors explore a jagged rocky peninsula overlooking Sachuest Bay, the broad Sakonnet River mouth, and the open waters of Rhode Island Sound. From October to mid-April, wintering harlequin ducks with their striking plumage captivate birders and casual spectators. Storms can crowd nearly a hundred of these birds onto the shoreline rocks.

Located 5 miles east of Newport, in Middletown. An easy perimeter loop travels the shoreline and upland habitat of Sachuest Point. The trail is virtually flat. No pets. Beware of poison ivy, and because biting insects can annoy, bring repellent.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Middletown
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round.
Additional Use: Fishing, Birding
Local Contacts: Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge, 401-364-9124
Local Maps: Refuge map, available at visitor center during hours, or request in advance from Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge.
Driving Directions: Directions to Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

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May 2018