Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, Middletown

#1 of 30 in Wildlife in Rhode Island
Must see · National Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Occupying a peninsula between the Sakonnet River and Rhode Island Sound, the 242-acre (0.98 km2) Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is a very popular site for the over 65,000 annual visitors each year. It is located in the southeasternmost part of the Town of Middletown.

The refuge sports a newly renovated visitor center, over 2.5 miles (4.0 km) of nature trails, viewing platforms, and a number of Refuge volunteers present to help visitors and to help in management of the refuge.

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is renowned for its fantastic saltwater fishing, and the presence of the largest winter population of harlequin ducks on the East Coast.

Once a horse racing area, then a Naval communications site, and now a National Wildlife Refuge, the area is steeped in history.

From salt marsh and beach strand habitats to upland shrub dominated lands, the refuge supports over 200 bird species, with such notable occasional visitors such as the peregrine falcon, northern harrier, and the snowy owl.

Sachuest Point, along with the four other National Wildlife Refuges in the State, is administered by the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, headquartered in Charlestown, Rhode Island.

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge was closed following Hurricane Sandy due to damage from the storm. The refuge reopened on May 1, 2013. As of September 2013, the visitor center continues to operate with reduced hours due to the 2013 federal budget sequestration.

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  • Dunes and a sandy beach with a small boat or kayak entry. Lots of seashells, most unbroken! The other beaches closer to town were very populated. This one was much more nature oriented with a good...  more »
  • I'm a runner and the Ocean trail is great for that. I always go early too and I see complaints about lack of parking later in the day. Great views, plenty of wildlife, nice long trail. Only...  more »
  • Such a great visit. I was in Newport for 3 days and came here twice to do the trails. Saw so many birds and beautiful plants. Really worth the visit and exploring the grounds! Parking is free and not too hard to find.
  • Beautiful Vista of the shore with a well kept hiking path around the refuge. The place has a interesting visitor center with spotless restroom facilities. Easy parking and a nice getaway from busy waterfront Newport.
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