Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge
769 Sachuest Point Rd, Middletown
Because Sachuest Point NWR sits on a small peninsula surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Sakonnet River, and Sachuest Bay, it’s an ideal spot for cooling off in the summer. The 40 acres include salt marsh lands, steep rocky shorelines, observation platforms for birdwatching, stroller-friendly trails, and a Visitors Center, open every day from 10am-4pm.
The Flint Point Loop is slightly shorter than the Ocean View Loop, and has a nice observation platform to check out. Both trails offer access to the shoreline, where older kids might like to scramble on the large rocks or cast a fishing line.
Length: Ocean View Loop 1.5 miles; Flint Point Loop 1.2 miles
Difficulty: very easy for kids
Dogs: to protect the fragile ecology of the refuge, please leave your dogs at home
You might want to bring: fishing gear, beach gear (Third Beach is right down the road)
Get directions or follow ours: From Route 1, take Route 138 East across Newport Pell Bridge. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Fall River/Cape Cod, and merge onto Route 138 East. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Admiral Kalbfus Rd. Follow for 2.3 miles (road will change to Miantonomi Ave. and then Green End Ave.). Turn right onto Paradise Ave. and follow 1.3 miles to end. Turn left onto Hanging Rock Rd. Keep right at the fork to continue onto Sachuest Point Rd. which will lead you into the Refuge. Please give yourself enough time to navigate through beach traffic!