Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge
2082 Victory Highway, Coventry
Maxwell Mays, a folk artist best known for his paintings of historic Rhode Island, was also an environmental conservationist and philanthropist. He donated 295 acres of land to Audubon as part of his life estate and, in October 2011, it opened as the Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge.
The Carr Pond trail is easy to follow and winds through an open meadow, forests, wetlands, streams, and an historic cemetery to Carr’s Pond, a beautiful 11-acre pond which is home to river otters and beavers, as well as many types of fish and invertebrates. For a longer hike, follow the Hammitt Hill trail to the top of Hammitt Hill.
Length: 1.3 miles; about 3 miles if you extend your hike on the Hammitt Hill trail
Difficulty: easy for children
Dogs: to protect the fragile ecology of the refuge, please leave your dogs at home
You might want to bring: pad and crayons or colored pencils to sketch like Mays himself
Get directions or follow ours: From Route 95, take exit 5B for Route 102 north. Follow Route 102 north for about 5.5 miles. The entrance to the refuge will be on your right.