East Beach, Ninigret Conservation Area Trail

Wood River Junction, Rhode Island

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In the spring bring a kite, in the summer carry a bathing suit and towel, and in the fall take along a book to identify seashells, especially if you opt to camp here and anticipate having some time on your hands. This 2-mile-long beach lies between the Atlantic Ocean and Ninigret Pond, a popular spot for clamming, in the Ninigret Conservation Area. As with most ocean walks, there are no paths to follow, just the water’s edge, so children can lead the hike just as well as the parents. Although it may seem that without trail intersections, stream crossings, or rocky scrambles, a hike such as this might get monotonous, the ocean never ceases to fascinate younger folks. They thrill to the sheer expanse of water and to the roaring, rolling waves that continuously deposit tiny treasures in the sand for collecting or tossing back into the foamy water. In the summertime, the parking lot (which accommodates fewer than 100 vehicles, for a fee, in-season) often fills quickly; so arrive early or hike in the off-season.

East Beach, Ninigret Conservation Area Trail Professional Review and Guide

"In the spring bring a kite, in the summer carry a bathing suit and towel, and in the fall take along a book to identify seashells, especially if you opt to camp here and anticipate having some time on your hands. This 2-mile-long beach lies between the Atlantic Ocean and Ninigret Pond, a popular spot for clamming, in the Ninigret Conservation Area. As with most ocean walks, there are no paths to follow, just the water’s edge, so children can lead the hike just as well as the parents.

Although it may seem that without trail intersections, stream crossings, or rocky scrambles, a hike such as this might get monotonous, the ocean never ceases to fascinate younger folks. They thrill to the sheer expanse of water and to the roaring, rolling waves that continuously deposit tiny treasures in the sand for collecting or tossing back into the foamy water. In the summertime, the parking lot (which accommodates fewer than 100 vehicles, for a fee, in-season) often fills quickly; so arrive early or hike in the off-season."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wood River Junction
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: USGS Quonochontaug
Driving Directions: Directions to East Beach, Ninigret Conservation Area Trail

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May 2018