Scenic views along Sachuest Point  National Wildlife Refuge Ocean Loop Trail

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful 242 acre refugee, which occupies a peninsula between the Sakonnet River and Rhode Island Sound. We found Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge by accident while looking for a beach in the area. It is located right down the road. I am glad that we decided to drive down the road because the trails here were peaceful and provided gorgeous views!

The refuge includes a visitor’s center, 2 nature trails, and scenic overlooks. The Visitor’s Center provided useful information about the wildlife found within the refuge, which includes over 200 different bird species, reptiles, and 9 different mammals such as white tailed deer, raccoon, and red foxes. If you are lucky you might spot a harbor seal along the shore.

Exhibits inside the Visitor's Center at Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge in Middletown, RI

Hiking at Sachuest

Ocean View Loop Trail at Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge in Middletown, RI

We decided to take the 1.5 mile hike around the Ocean View Loop.  The well maintained trail is very tranquil and relaxing. Along the way you will pass beautiful salt marshes and grassland. Beautiful ocean views surround you as you meander through the peaceful landscapes. There are several lookout spots along the way for great photography.

A few views of the Ocean View Loop path…

Path views - Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge - Middletown, RI
Ocean View Loop Path at Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge in Middletown, RI
Ocean View Loop at Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge in Middletown, RI
Ocean View Loop at Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuget in Middletown, RI

 Scenic views from the overlooks along the trail…

Ocean views at Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge - Middletown, RI
Ocean views at Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge in Middletown, RI
Ocean view at Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge in Middletown, RI
Ocean views at Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge in Middletowwn, RI
Ocean views at Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge in Middletown, RI

The best place to enjoy nature near Newport!

Sachueast Point National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to get away from the crowds, especially for those looking for a relaxing, peaceful, nature experience. If you are looking to escape the summer crows in Newport, a walk at Sachuest is an ideal escape. Hiking the Ocean View Loop is a great way to get some exercise in while also taking great photographs and enjoying wildlife and bird watching. Highly recommended!

Additional Info

Trail Map
Address: 769 Sachuest Point Road Middletown, Rhode Island 02842
Trail Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Visitor’s Center Hours: 10:00am-4:00pm
Parking is free!

Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge - Middletown, Rhode Island

Tips for a great visit

*Check for ticks! Mike found one crawling on his neck a few hours after our hike – luckily we found it in time. There are several grassy areas along the trail, and thus, it’s best to check consistently.

*Watch out for poison ivy along the trails. Avoid any 3 leaved plants just to be safe.

*Bring with insect repellent, sunscreen, and a water bottle. There are no water stations along the trails.

*Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the views from the refuge! You can see all the way over to Second Beach.

Ocean views at Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge

*Consider challenging yourself to a jog. The trail is flat enough for a leisurely run. Running is a lot easier when you have fantastic views!

Ocean View Loop at Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge in Middletown, RI

*Visit early in the morning before it gets too hot. We visited during mid-day and wish we would have arrived earlier to avoid the afternoon heat.

*Second Beach (one of the best in New England) is located just down the street, so bring your beach gear with if you want to head over before or after your refuge center visit. Read more about Second Beach.

Second Beach in Newport, RI