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June 11, 2011

Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge and Kettle Pond Visitor Center
50 Bend Road, Charlestown, RI, 401-364-9124

The trails in the northern section of the Ninigret NWR are flat and easy to navigate through beautiful pine and oak trees, blueberry shrubs and ferns. We’ll meet in front of the Visitor Center at 9:45am and begin our hike promptly at 10:00am. We’ll take the Watchaug Pond Trail to the Toupoysett Pond Trail and spend a little time at a beautiful vernal pool. After the hike, participants are welcome to explore the Kettle Pond Visitor Center – for free! This hike is less than 1 mile and is very easy terrain for children. There are also a few options to lengthen your hike.

Directions: The Visitor Center is located on the south side of Route 1 in Charlestown. When traveling on Route 1 South, pass the Ninigret NWR entrance and travel 0.5 miles. Turn right onto Bend Road. When traveling on Route 1 North, travel just past the sign for Burlingame. Make a u-turn onto Route 1 South. Travel 0.5 miles. Take a right on Bend Road.

For more information visit the Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge website. Please check back after the first of the month to learn about our next hike.

Cancellations: In the case of severe inclement weather, our hike may be cancelled. Cancellations will be posted here, and an e-mail will be sent to all members by 9:00am the day of the hike.

Be prepared! For each hike, please be sure to:

  • dress for the weather
  • wear comfortable, sturdy hiking boots or sneakers
  • bring plenty of snacks and water (in reusable bottles of course)

Click here for an extensive list of guidelines for hiking with kids.

Can’t join us? Go it alone! Not sure how? E-mail us at

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