Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

Newport, Rhode Island 02840

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge Professional Guide

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"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."

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100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books)
Jeffrey Romano
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"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." Read more
Discover Rhode Island (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Christie Matheson
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"Seaside trails offer dramatic ocean views in a peaceful setting. With trails designed to follow the coastline at the southeastern tip of Aquidneck Island (the landmass containing Portsmouth, Middletown, and Newport), this trip passes through salt marsh, grassland, and beach strand habitats and offers almost continuous water views. Sachuest Point is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, and one of five refuges in the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. More than 200 species of birds, from the peregrine falcon to the snowy owl, visit here each year. The 242-acre refuge serves as an important stopover point and wintering area for migratory birds—including the largest winter population of harlequin ducks on the East Coast." Read more
Hiking Connecticut and Rhode Island (Falcon Guides)
George and Rhonda Ostertag
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"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." Read more

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see for yourself - kid friendly

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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

Newport
Nearby City
2.4
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Fall and Spring
Season
Birding
Additional Use
TOPO! New England
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Dec 2018