“A great beach run with lots of wildlife and great views. Most of the way is very easy running.”
— Eric Heupel
Features: Birding — Swimming — Views — Wildlife
There is about .25 mile of a boulder and rock scramble at the tip of the point that requires careful navigation, especially if wet.
This trail makes for a great beach run around Napatree Point. Park as you can in the Watch Hill "downtown" and head past the yacht club. I start on the bay side with its gentle beach and calm waters. There is a lot of wildlife and beautiful views on this mostly easy beachside trail, including several nesting areas (off the beach/trail) of vulnerable birds.
The first 1.5 miles is on dry or wet beach sand (depending on tide and preference). The next .5 mile is on singletrack through marsh grass. The .25 mile that rounds the point is a technical scramble across boulders and medium sized rocks before emerging again onto smooth beach of Watch Hill which is excellent for sunrises and sunsets.
Timing your run wth tidal cycles and seasons makes the run a bit different each time. The Napatree Conservation Area is a real gem. Be sure to enjoy the osprey, falcons, egrets, herons, a wide variety of shore birds along wth the occasional deer and raccoon. Dogs are permitted, but from May 2nd until Labor Day restricted to 6 pm till 8 am. If you do run with your dog, be sure to keep it on the trail as there are sensitive shorebird nesting areas just off the beach.
Flora & Fauna
Osprey, falcons, egrets, herons, a wide variety of shore birds along wth the occasional deer and raccoon. Wild roses grow beside the trail in some places.