Fort Nature Refuge
1445 Providence Pike (Route 5), North Smithfield
This 235-acre woodland was donated by the Fort family to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and is the source of the Woonasquatucket River. With its wide, well-marked trails, beautiful ponds, diverse wildlife and a variety of deciduous and evergreen trees, Fort Nature Refuge is wonderful any time of year. I especially like it in the colder months because I find the views of the ponds are a great remedy for cabin fever. Just be prepared for icy conditions if the southern New England winter has lived up to its reputation.
Length: 1.5 miles; 3.7 miles if you extend along the yellow and red trails
Difficulty: easy for children
Dogs: to protect the fragile ecology of the refuge, please leave your dogs at home