The Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge lies on a bluff overlooking second beach in Middletown, RI. The small peninsula was once used for grazing livestock and farming before it became a military outpost in World War II. The Refuge was established in 1970, following a 70 acre donation from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, and now totals over 242 acres.
Sachuest Point is a favorite of birders due to its status as a stopover and wintering area for migratory species including the Harlequin duck, loons, eiders, and gannets. But I’d recommend it to anyone looking to experience a more natural side of Aquidneck Island.
There are three miles of hiking/walking trails through marshland and rocky shorelines, all with gorgeous ocean views. The visitor center is newly renovated, and has some beautiful exhibits that interpret and showcase the natural features and fauna that lie right outside its walls. If you are visiting with kids, be sure to check out the schedule of environmental education activities!