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East Beach Loop

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 5.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Perhaps the best beach hike on the Rhode Island coast.


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2.3

Miles

3.7

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Out and Back

12' 4 m

High

3' 1 m

Low

16' 5 m

Up

18' 5 m

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Features Fishing · Swimming · Views

Overview

Perfect beach hike for the naturalist, birder, surf-caster, or just hiking to think. It is truly a beach forest. This look is just one option of many out here: you can use any combination of North Road, South Road and the beach.

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There are restroom in the parking lot

Description

A common feature of the coastline on the east coast is the barrier beach. This hike is really unique to the Rhode Island shoreline because it is one of the longest uninhabited barrier beaches. A round-trip hike from parking lot to breach way is about 7.5 miles. It is managed by the state department of environmental management. This type of land feature is common to the east coast. It is a spit of land with the ocean on one side and a pond on the other. The pond is used as an oyster farm and the opposite land is a National Wildlife Refuge, so there is plenty of birding to be done. There is a variety of plant species to observe, many of them native to the east coast including the pine, huckleberry, assortment of grasses and wildflowers like goldenrod and boneset.

Flora & Fauna

Migratory and local bird populations

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Returning on the inland road under the winter sun.
Jan 30, 2020 near Charles…, RI
Looking south across Block Island Sound
Jan 30, 2020 near Charles…, RI

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