Rome Point Seals
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    Where are the Seals?
    The John H. Chafee Nature Preserve at Rome Point is located on Route 1A (Boston Neck Road) about 3/4 of a mile north of where Route 138 crosses Boston Neck Road on the west side of the Narragansett Bay. From Warwick and points north, as well as from the southern Rhode Island coast, take Route 4(1) to 138 east. If you are coming from the west or Connecticut via Route 95, take Route 138 east towards Jamestown/Newport.  Get off Route 138 at the Route 1A exit, this is the last exit before the Jamestown-Verrazano bridge.  Take a left at the end of the exit, heading north on Boston Neck Road.  The public access gravel parking area is located on the right side of the road about one mile north of the Route 138 intersection.

This link to a Google Map was provided by one of our seal watching friends, thanks to Matt C. for providing this map.  Map for Rome Point
    There is a sign posted at the trailhead with a detailed map of the nature preserve.  First time visitors should study this map to get the lay of the land.  Many visitors proceed down the trail to the shoreline and stop when they reach the bay; however, to see the seals you will want to walk north (left) along the shoreline for an additional 1/2 mile. On nice days, this beautiful beach makes for a fine bay side stroll.  

  Before the main trail reaches the shoreline, a gravel road branches off to the left of the main path just past the power line crossing at the bottom of the hill. This cedar-lined road runs parallel to the beach. The road is easier walking than the beach (unless the trail is muddy or icy) and is sheltered from the wind; if you choose this path, bear right at the "Y" and right at the "T" to reach Rome Point.  Pay close attention if you choose to walk through the woods, so that you are easily able to retrace your steps on the return trip. There a number of trails criss-crossing this property, so more adventurous visitors may choose to come and go on a route of their own choosing.

    The distance from the parking area to Rome Point is about 1 1/4 miles and the walk is easy and flat, except for one short, moderately steep hill.  At a steady walking pace it takes about 1/2 hour to reach Rome Point, however, beachcombers and hikers accompanied by small children should plan on a one-hour hike to reach the prime seal-watching destination. 
 Icy, muddy, or snow-covered trail conditions may also affect the time it takes to complete this hike. 
The Seven Sisters
7 sisters rocks
    When you reach Rome Point, look to the east towards Conanicut Island (Jamestown) and you will see a rock outcropping known to local mariners as The Seven Sisters.  If you are fortunate, there will be harbor seals hauled out on these rocks.  Seals can often be seen swimming in this area; sometimes, they can be observed leaping out of the water or splashing and frolicking with each other.