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Napatree Point Conservation Area
Fort Road
, Westerly

Napatree_sqAfter labor day, when the beach crowds and tourists have departed, visit Napatree Point. The long, sweeping views of Little Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean are beautiful and the water might still be warm enough to enjoy. Once you’re on the beach, turn left just before a sign and climb over a small rise to get to the ocean side. In about a mile, you will reach an area with large rocks sticking out of the sand and water. Look for a steep, sandy “path” that will bring you to the 100+ year old remains of Fort Mansfield. You can turn around here, or make your way back to the rocks and follow along the tip of Napatree Point. Once you’re on the Bay side, be sure to go right at the lagoon to stay to the inside of the cove along the grass line. If not, you’ll reach an area that is only crossable at low tide, and even then you’ll likely be in knee deep – or more!

Length: 3 miles; 2 miles if you turn around at Fort Mansfield
Difficulty: moderately challenging for kids
Map: none available, but click on the link below to see an aerial view on page 4 
Dogs: prohibited from 8am-6pm, May 2 through Labor Day
You might want to bring: beach gear,water-friendly sandals, binoculars for bird watching
Note: The Watch Hill Carousel, open seasonally so be sure to check hours, is a great place to start or end your day.

Click here for an extensive list of guidelines for hiking with kids.
Click here or here to learn more about Napatree Point Conservation Area.
Napatree_mapGet directions or follow ours: From Route 1, turn onto Route 1A/Shore Road towards the Weekapaug Golf Club. Follow Shore Road for about 5 miles and then turn left onto Watch Hill Rd. Continue for about 2 miles onto Wauwinnet Ave. and Bay St. Turn right onto Fort Rd. and park in the shopping center. The entrance to the conservation area is through the private parking lot, past the cabanas on your left.

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Who is now heading up Napatree Point Conservative Group or Committee and how do I get in touch with them? I have a very large blue print from 1935.

    1. I’m sorry, but I don’t know. Have you tried reaching out to the Westerly Land Trust to see if they know?

  2. […] Walking Group Wednesday October 10 at 1:00 Napatree Point, Westerly Napatree Point Conservation Area is arguably RI’s most pristine beach and supports many threatened and endangered bird and plant species. Beautiful and unspoiled, this sandy split separates Watch Hill’s Little Narragansett Bay from the ocean.  Napatree Point is now a wildlife preserve and a popular public beach protected by the Watch Hill Conservancy and Fire District. For more information: […]

  3. Hi, My wife and I are going to be in the area near the end of April on vacation. One of my hobbies is metal detecting. I like to hunt the wet sand at low tide. Are there any restrictions on metal detecting at Napatree Point. I have no interest in breaking any laws or regulations. Thank you for any information you can supply. Artie

  4. Hi. We will be in the area the week after Labor Day. You’re showing up on BringFido as a dog friendly area. Just verifying this is the case as this site does not specifically say this. Thank you!

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