Moonstone Beach – South Kingstown
- Moonstone Beach
- Moonstone Beach Road, South Kingstown, RI
- Trailhead: 41°22’18.72″N, 71°34’20.77″W
- Last Time Hiked: April 17, 2017
- Distance: Less than a mile April to September, up to 4 miles rest of year.
- Easy Beach Walk.
Moonstone Beach for years was known for its reputation as being a nude beach. Today, no longer a nude beach, it is one of Rhode Islands most stunning beaches with its scattered stones along the sand. The beach surrounded and part of the Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge offers nearly 2 miles of strand between Roy Carpenters Beach and Green Hill Beach. The quiet beach is not easy to visit due to many seasonal restrictions. From May 1 to September 15 a parking pass is required to park along Moonstone Beach Road. Also in most of the spring and summer large sections of the beach are cordoned off to protect the piping plovers. The beach is stunningly beautiful in the winter months if you can handle the sometimes brutal winter winds. The best time to visit is very early spring, the autumn and winter. The beach is also noted for its birds as three salt ponds abut the beach including Trustom Pond and Cards Pond. Killdeers, Sandpipers, Herons, and Egrets are also known to frequent Moonstone. Be sure to bring a camera!!
More information about the birds of Moonstone Beach can be found here.