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If you are looking for colorful, easy to see birds, then Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is the place to be. The refuge is home to the second largest wintering population of harlequin ducks on the Atlantic coast. The harlequins, named after the clowns they resemble, can be seen along the refuge’s rocky shoreline between November and March each year. By scanning the coastline, visitors may also see loons, eiders, and gannets. More than 200 bird species visit the refuge seasonally, and other occasional migrating travelers include the peregrine falcon, northern harrier, as well as snowy and short-eared owls.

Walking the nearly 3 miles of trails around Sachuest Point offers visitors the opportunity to experience several habitats where interesting animals and plants can be observed and photographed. The refuge includes 40 acres of salt marsh salt marsh
Salt marshes are found in tidal areas near the coast, where freshwater mixes with saltwater.

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lands and steep rocky shorelines around the perimeter. Most visitors enjoy year-round birdwatching, and elevated observation platforms along the trails provide unobstructed views of the refuge. A short distance away at Third Beach is our recently restored salt marsh habitat, a new birding "hotspot" and a favorite of birders and non-birders alike. In addition, Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is renowned for its fantastic saltwater fishing, and has an active night fishing permit system.

A stop at the visitor center is an ideal way to begin or end a trail walk. Volunteers, staff, and creative exhibits are available to visitors and provide another way to explore Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge.


Enjoy the Flint Loop trail, a universally accessible 1.1 mile trail through coastal shrublands, including the Island Rocks Platform. Access Flint Point via a 0.6 mile out-and-back trail, and explore tide pools and the rocky shoreline. Ocean Loop Trail is 1.5 miles of beautiful ocean views. Walk the 0.1 mile out-and-back trail to Price Neck Overlook to enjoy the scenery from above. 

Rules and Policies

Because all National Wildlife Refuges were established for the protection of wildlife, activities that are not wildlife dependent (those that do not require the presence of wildlife or that pose a threat to wildlife) are not permitted. They include:


Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge
Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge769 Sachuest Point RoadMiddletown,RI02842
Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge trails are open from sunrise to sunset.
Sachuest Point Visitor Center
Daily: Monday to Sunday
10 am - 3 pm