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Event Rating: Level 1 (Easy)
Recommended for members who have completed one or more Level 1 hikes.
Distance: 3.5 Miles
Time Duration: 1.5 Hours
Blaze Orange: not required
Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge is in Charlestown, RI. The refuge is an abandoned Naval Auxiliary landing field and still has some remaining sections of runway that show the site’s history.
The walk includes taking a trail out to Grassy Point. From there you get a good view of Ninigret Pond, the largest coastal salt pond in Rhode Island. There is an observation platform from which people do some bird watching, when there are birds around to watch.
The hike is about 3.5 miles long and will take about 90 minutes to complete. All of the trails are flat & allow easy walking.
Bring water, snacks and bug spray.
Following the hike at Ninigret Refuge those who want can then hike Truston Pond Refuge which is just a few miles away. We will carpool to Trustom Pond, hike the refuge and then return to Ninigret. Parking at Trustom Pond is limited, so we will carpool to reduce the chance of an issue there. You don't have to decide to join the Trustom Pond hike until we complete the Ninigret Hike.
Trustom Pond features a diverse landscape.There are open fields, coastal woodlands, and marshes. Two peninsulas jut out into Trustom Pond. Trustom Pond is a salt pond, separated from the ocean by a barrier beach. There are multiple bird watching points along the trails. This hike is about 2.5 miles over easy terrain and will take about an hour.
Directions from the Providence area: Take Route 95 South to RI 4 South which turns into US 1 South in North Kingstown. Continue on US 1 into Charlestown and make a "U" turn at the Wildflower Rd exit (you must bear right onto the "All Turns" Exit just before the Krystal Penguin Inn) and back onto US 1 North. The Refuge entrance is approximately 1/2 mile north. Watch for the Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge sign and turn right into the refuge and follow for approximately 1/4 mile to the parking lot.
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