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Napatree Point Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.0 (1)

A great beach run with lots of wildlife and great views. Most of the way is very easy running.


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3.7

Miles

6.0

KM

100%

Runnable

14' 4 m

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Low

25' 8 m

Up

26' 8 m

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5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Runner Notes

There is about .25 mile of a boulder and rock scramble at the tip of the point that requires careful navigation, especially if wet.

Description

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.

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Shared By:

Eric Heupel with improvements by Christie Hazen

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Sand and surf.
Aug 17, 2016 near Pawcatuck, CT
The surf building before the Nor'easter makes landfall.
Jan 14, 2020 near Watch Hill, RI
Walking back with last light of day.
Jan 14, 2020 near Watch Hill, RI
On the bay side of the point in heavy fog
Jan 14, 2020 near Watch Hill, RI
Looking over the Peas out to Fisher's Island, NY
Jan 30, 2020 near Watch Hill, RI
The sun breaks out from the clouds over Fisher's Island Sound
Jan 14, 2020 near Watch Hill, RI

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Aug 11, 2016
Eric Heupel