The town of Narragansett is located 30 miles south of Providence and 15 miles from its famous neighbor of Newport. With several large beaches in its midst, Narragansett has remained a popular resort town since the 19th century. In summer, the town grows to twice its year-long population.
The coastline along Narragansett looks more like Maine than Rhode Island, with layers of shapely and colorful rocks at every turn. A former Narragansett Indian path, Black Point offers a close-up view of the Atlantic, distant views of the Point Judith Lighthouse, and mysterious stone ruins — all along its 1.5 mile hiking trail.
If you enjoy seascapes, Black Point affords great views of the rocky coastline along Narragansett Bay. Sculpted rocks and tidal pools are abundant as foreground subjects along the serene path.
BEST TIME TO PHOTOGRAPH
Black Point faces east on the Atlantic, and so is best photographed at sunrise. However, I have also photographed here at sunset, as evidenced by the accompanying image.
The coast is less affected by seasonal change, so you can come here at any time of year, although I skip the tourist months of summer to avoid large crowds. I’ve even photographed the night sky from this area.
Black Point spans between Scarborough State Beach and a designated parking area about a half mile north. From Scarborough State Beach, drive half a mile north on Ocean Road to reach a gravel parking area on your right. Park here and follow the marked trail that heads back south toward the beach.
As with any coastal photography, watch out for rogue waves at all times, especially near high tide. Also, avoid walking on rocks close to the tideline as these tend to get extremely slippery.