This weekend, to celebrate Father's Day, we did a lot of family things and not a lot of house things. One of the things that we did was to go for a hike in Middletown, RI at the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. Even though most people think that all of the beaches on Aquidneck Island are actually in Newport, there are two that are in Middletown. The Wildlife Refuge is actually in Middletown, between Second and Third Beach.
Sachuest Point is very much so off the beaten path, as you can see from the Google Maps shot below - it's literally at the end of a road on the tip of the island. The good thing about that is that since it's so far away from the main strip of shops in Newport and it's just away from the most popular beaches, it really isn't that busy. We maybe saw about 20 people while we were there, and since it is a walk-at-you-own-pace type of place, there are very little interactions with the other walkers, runners, and fishers.
Screenshot via Google Maps
The refuge has about three miles of walking trails that border the coast, so with the exception of the start and the end, the rest of the trails are right along the shoreline, and the views are spectacular. There are walkways that lead down to the rocks and the water, and you can actually spend time fishing off of these spots.
We spent our afternoon just walking along the trails, taking some time to enjoy the view and the wildlife - deer, birds, and we even saw a few moles!
The walk was so peaceful and beautiful, and really made me happy that D and I decided to move back to Rhode Island a few years ago. Knowing that the gorgeous waters are only a short drive away is so reassuring, in a way that I think only native Rhode Islanders can appreciate.
I can definitely see D and I going back to Sachuest Point at some point because it is such a beautiful spot and a hidden gem. In fact, the beauty of the trails may even encourage me to start running again. I mean, who wouldn't want to try running if you had that kind of view along the trails?!
*I am not being compensated for this blog entry. Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge did not ask me to write about their location.