The John H. Chafee Nature Preserve shall at all times and in perpetuity be managed in a manner consistent with the terms and conditions of a conservation Easement signed by and between the State of Rhone Island, department of Environmental Management (grantor) and the Town of North Kingston, (grantee) on March 26, 2001, and which further reflects and honors the conservations ethic of the great statesman for whom it is named. More specifically, its agricultural, educational and scenic values, and its natural and historical resources shall be preserved and protected while being made accessible to the public in a manner respectful of and consistent with these principles.
Honestly it was amazing! Went with my boyfriend and it starts off with woods and we found some cool rock figures (I think a home), it breaks out into a Bay Area. We went as the sun was was setting and the view was gorgeous, and by fate perhaps we went on an off trail and found a few deer! Definitely would recommend for nature lovers.
Easy hike with some very cool finds and some great views! Definitely a nice day hike if you follow the main trail all the way to the end where it opens to the waterfront for awesome views of the water and Jamestown. Follow the loop (unmarked) trail that goes through the peninsula back for even more cool finds and views. Be prepared for a lot of trash on and off the trails however, and a lot of dog waste, in and out of bags left behind by negligent owners.
Guided my annual store trek to Rome Point for the hike & seals. Got there early and only one other car in lot. Main Trail to beach icy with hard pack snow. Took first side trail south into a wooded hillside with great stone walls and stone remains of a cabin. Beautiful walk on beach to seals. Maybe a couple dozen seals out on the rocks. Returning along the cove and passing by the old car in he woods. It's popularity has not been kind to it. Once more the parking lot was full by he end of our trip. (11:30 am)
First known as Namcook by the Narragansett Indians, the first English settlers called the area Boston Neck. The area was later named Rome Point for George Rome who settled on the peninsula till the Rhode Island Government sent him packing back to England in 1776 for being a Tory. The peninsula remained farm land till 1953 when Narragansett Electric bought it for a nuclear power plant. Due to opposition, the power plant was never built and in 2001 it became the John H. Chafee Preserve. The conservation area has several trails that you can link together with varied terrain for interesting hikes but why most people come here is between February and April are the harbor seals. On any given day you can watch between 40 to 150 seals on a rock formation known as "The Clump" Located at the tip of Rome Point.
Note: Get there early even if tides are high (Less seals) because of the crowds. By noontime the parking lot and tip will be packed with seal watchers.