This week’s Secret of SoCal is Castle Hill Light.

Located on Narragansett Bay in Newport, Rhode Island, Castle Hill Light is an active navigation vessel that was built in 1890. The white and black lantern-style light was constructed on land that originally belonged to the oceanographer and zoologist, Alexander Agassiz. Eventually, Agassiz sold the land to the United States Government for one dollar… I wonder how much he would sell it for now…

In order to access the light, I followed Ocean Drive until it turned into a dirt driveway that led to Castle Hill Inn. Rather than follow the driveway all the way to the end, I turned into the dirt parking lot to the right of the driveway. I then walked towards the small pathway located at the coordinates (41.461570,-71.361120). This path led through the greenery, over the small dirt hill, and directly to the Castle Hill Light!

Upon reaching my destination, I was in awe of the texture of the clouds and the clarity of the water that served as the backdrop for Castle Hill Light. Visitors can walk down the set of wooden stairs or along the rocks to see an unobstructed view of the coast. Between watching locals fish off the cliff and sailboats cruise by, it was the perfect way to pass the afternoon.

Be sure to check out Castle Hill Light in Newport, Rhode Island. Check back later this week for another post!


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