Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

Middletown, Rhode Island 02840

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge Professional Review and Guide

"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."

More Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge Professional Reviews and Guides

"One of five national wildlife refuges in Rhode Island, Sachuest Point was farmland used for sheep grazing into the early 1900s and then was used by the U.S. Navy during World War II as a rifle range and communications center.

Thick underbrush and some open meadows remain on this prime 242-acre spit of protected land extending out into the Atlantic Ocean. A key stopover and wintering area for migratory birds, the entire preserve is an ornithologist’s dream come true. No dogs. A trail map is posted on a stand."

"Open year-round during daylight, the 242-acre Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is an oasis for migratory birds and an inviting winter home for the multicolored harlequin duck. For the better part of four centuries, the area was farmed and grazed; during the Second World War the U.S. Navy established a rifle range and communications center; today Sachuest Point, surrounded by popular sand beaches, is a quieter destination for those seeking a more wild experience on the Rhode Island shore."

"At this 242-acre former naval communications station, a simple trail travels the 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 in striking plumage captivate spectators. Stormy seas can herd dozens of the birds onto shoreline rocks.

An easy perimeter loop combines the site’s two named trails to travel the shoreline and upland habitat of this boot-shaped peninsula. The trail visits both Sachuest and Flint Points, with bird and wildlife watching, rocky shores, coastal vistas, spring-flowering shrubs, and surf fishing as enticements."

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge Reviews

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6/14/2011
see for yourself - kid friendly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ow0cKMoOwlA
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10/11/2008
This is a nice, very easy coastal trail. Nice views of Cliff Walk across the bay. There are several points at which you can access the water; walking along the rocky coastline can be quite rigorous and a nice change from the trail.
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8/27/2007
AWESOME!! The entire trail is adjacent to the water's edge, so you can go almost the entire way down on the rocks... breathtakingly beautiful
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Trail Information

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

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Oct 2018