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Powder Mill Ledges #33, Fort Nature Refuge #31, and Lime Rock #32 (if time)

  • Jul 3, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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Event Rating: Moderate

Distance: 5.75 Miles (7.75 if we do Lime Rock too)

Time Duration: 4.5-6 Hours w/travel

Blaze Orange: Not required


This will be two or three short Weber hikes back-to-back. We'll start off with Powder Mill Ledges, then do Fort Nature Refuge, and if time permits, Lime Rock Preserve.

For those participating in the Audubon Society's Passport to the Trails contest, Powder Mill Ledges and Fort Nature Refuge (Fort Wildlife Refuge in the Audubon booklet) are two of the ten Audubon Society Wildlife Refuges with hidden stencils located somewhere within them. Bring your Passport Booklet and draw in the stencil outlines to complete two of the 10 needed for the grand prize drawing. We'll just need to find them first...

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Powder Mill Ledges is home not only to a 120-acre property graced with deep woodlands and interesting rock outcroppings, but it is also home to the Audubon Society’s headquarters, which serves as a hub for many events and programs as well as the Society’s administrative offices and research library and gift shop.


Pond on Orange Trail (photo by Webmaster)


Fort Nature Refuge: Florence S. and Richard K. Fort Nature Refuge is a great place for a long hike through a variety of northern forest habitats at any time of year. This 235-acre protected area of North Smithfield is a destination for hikers and wildlife watchers. Fort is known for the beautiful beaver ponds teeming with animals and birds as well as beautiful wetland plants.




Lime Rock Preserve: Ledges of dolomitic marble produce a special calcareous soil that nurtures 30 rare plant species - more than any other site in Rhode Island. Beautiful ferns and wildflowers grow along ridges of recrystallized limestone. In winter, look for animal tracks in the snow and learn to identify trees and shrubs by their silhouettes and buds. In fall, watch deciduous trees change color and walk along paths carpeted by bright orange and yellow leaves.




Portions of these hikes may be wet and muddy due to the recent rain; therefore a good pair of hiking boots is recommended.

Bring Drinking water (1-2 liters per person), snacks, and bug spray.

Bring sunscreen.


Directions: Meet at the Powder Mill Ledges parking lot at 12 Sanderson Rd in Smithfield, RI. This is also the parking lot for the Audubon Society Headquarters. We will begin the hike at 8:30am.


Audubon Society HQ / Powder Mill Ledges Parking Lot Location:


12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI 02917


Fort Nature Refuge parking lot location: [masked], [masked]

Lime Rock Preserve parking lot: [masked], [masked]


Liability Waiver. 
As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

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  • Jan B.

    Thanks Matt & John for leading. Look forward to our next adventure.

    July 3, 2013

  • Kenny P.

    Nice skeetos on this one. Thanks Matt.

    July 3, 2013

    • Matt

      I had a few...million...drop shipped to the hike spots!

      July 3, 2013

    • Kenny P.

      You would...

      July 3, 2013

  • Sonia

    In addition to distance & terrain questions, I will have to add on "mosquito factor" when deciding whether or not to do a hike! :-p Thanks Matt...they'll be lovely places to re-explore in non-mosquito weather

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • John H

    An enjoyable weekday hike with a mix of old & new members. No review would be complete however, without mentioning the bugs that seemed to be swarming around us start to finish.

    2 · July 3, 2013

  • Rick

    On my way hit a little traffic

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    love to go why so early

    July 2, 2013

    • Matt

      I blame Kenny for the early hike time.

      July 2, 2013

    • Sonia

      Guess I'm in the minority...but I'm loving the early time! I'll be able to avoid all of the traffic!

      July 2, 2013

  • Matt

    I added GPS coordinates to the parking lots for all three hikes. Paste them into Google maps to see where we are going hike-to-hike. We're going Powder Mill to Fort Nature and then to Lime Rock.

    I printed out a few sets of point-to-point directions with maps and will give them to anyone who needs them.

    We can car pool from the first hike.

    July 2, 2013

  • Christine H. D.

    Wish I could, however schools priority ,have fun guys:)

    July 2, 2013

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  • Matt
    Wilderness First Aid Certified ( WFA ), Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Kenny P.
    Mooseologist, Snake Whisperer
  • John H
    Wilderness First Aid Certified ( WFA ), Assistant Organizer
  • A former member
  • A former member

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