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Posted on: July 8, 2022

"Where Am I?" Answer - July 2022

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Pebble Beach in Middletown is a beautiful spot overlooking the Sakonnet River and beyond. Although it's not as well known as its namesake in California, that doesn't mean it's any less cherished here. #MiddletownRI

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CONTACT: Matt Sheley at (401) 842-6543 or msheley@middletownri.com 

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“WHERE AM I ANSWER?” — JULY 2022

 

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (JULY 8, 2022) – There are 10 state recognized public rights of way to the water across Middletown.


Few — if any — lead to the beauty and majesty of Pebble Beach. 


Located on Kingfisher Drive at the intersection of Indian and Peckham avenues, the rocky isolated beach features a panoramic view of the town’s Third Beach, the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge along with the Sakonnet Light and Sakonnet River itself.


The entrance to the right-of-way is well marked with a Coastal Resources Management Council sign. Another specifies the area is maintained by Clean Ocean Access, the local nonprofit group that cleans up various locations across Aquidneck Island.  

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For years, the parking situation for the right-of-way — known as “Y-7” in many circles — was an issue. 


However, after the town created designated parking on the right-of-way itself in April 2017, those problems have largely been addressed. Now, there are spaces available on a first come, first served basis for anyone looking to visit the scenic spot.


In terms of getting to the shoreline itself, Pebble Beach can be a test. To the right, there’s a steep slope that presents a challenge even to the most fleet of foot. The most direct route to the beach is a path that requires visitors to jump from stone to stone.


Once on the shoreline, thousands upon thousands of stones of various sizes make up the beach, earning the place its name. 

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On one recent morning, the distinctive sound of waves smoothing stones fills the air as a group of fishermen cast lines into the water.


For those who’ve visited the shoreline along the eastern side of Sachuest Point wildlife refuge, the area has a number of similarities, but is typically far less trafficked.


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Document Link: https://www.middletownri.com/DocumentCenter/View/5170/WAI-July-2022


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