Sachuest Rocks

Sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean in Middletown, Rhode Island

GPS: 41.472362 -71.247273

Sachuest Point is a peninsula lying between the Sakonnet River and the Rhode Island Sound. Once a horse racing area and later a Naval Communications site, Sachuest Point is now a National Wildlife Refuge hosting some 200 bird species.

While most visitors come to Sachuest Point for birdwatching reasons, I visit the place mainly to photograph its rocky shoreline. With the tip of the narrow peninsula pointing south, this is an ideal destination for both sunrise and sunset photography.

Photography is good here at any time of year, although I prefer to visit between the months of November and January when the sun rises and sets over open ocean.

A well-groomed dirt trail takes you along the perimeter and rocky shoreline. I usually photograph close to shore, involving a scramble down on the rocks. Beware of the rocks as they are often slippery, and be extremely mindful at high tide.

Note that Sachuest Point was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. But the damage has since been repaired and it was officially reopened May 1.

Getting to Sachuest Point is easy. From Middletown, Rhode Island, simply take Sachuest Point Road and follow the signs to the Visitor Center and parking area. From the visitor center, head east or west on the loop trail depending on time of day.

For more photos of Sachuest Point, take a look at the work of Bryan Bzdula, fellow photographer and member of the New England Photography Guild. Bryan has an extensive collection of seacoast images taken in New England.

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