Napatree Point Conservation Area
Fort Road, Westerly
After 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.
Get 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.