Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge (southern section)
Park Lane, Charlestown
The Grassy Point Trail in the southern section of the Ninigret Wildlife Refuge runs through an area that was also the Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Landing Field or “Charlietown” during World War II, and still affords you spectacular views of Ninigret Pond, the largest coastal salt pond in the state. You can also enjoy kayaking, canoeing, and fishing in the pond and Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory is open to the public every clear Friday evening from 6:30pm to 9:00pm and for groups by appointment.
Length: 1.3 miles
Difficulty: very easy for children
Dogs: to protect the fragile ecology of the refuge, please leave your dogs at home
You might want to bring: kayaks, canoe, and/or fishing gear
Get directions or follow ours: From Route 2 in Charlestown, travel south on Route 1 towards Westerly for 0.7 mile. Make a U-turn onto Route 1 north. Immediately move into your right lane and exit onto Old Post Rd. Stay straight for about a mile and turn left into Ninigret Park, across from the Ambulance-Rescue Service. Pass the Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory and continue straight when the road curves sharply to the left. You will pass a dog park on your right and end at the parking lot.