Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge
1040 Matunuck Schoolhouse Road, South Kingstown
At this National Wildlife Refuge, you’ll see a variety of habitats such as shrublands, woodlands, beaches, and Trustom Pond—the state’s only undeveloped coastal salt pond. You’re also likely to see one of hundreds of bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian species. The hike to Osprey Point is longer than the one to Otter Point, but well worth it for a fabulous view from a large observation platform. However, the trail to Otter Point Trail is just as engaging (if not more so) and there is also a viewing scope at the end. In addition, a small “contact station” is open daily from 10am-4pm when volunteers are available to staff it.
Length: 1.8 miles; 2.5 miles if you visit Otter Point on your return
Difficulty: easy for kids
Dogs: to protect the fragile ecology of the refuge, please leave your dogs at home
Note: fluorescent orange requirements apply for all users during the hunting season (learn more)
Click here for an extensive list of guidelines for hiking with kids.
Click here to visit the Trustom Pond NWR website.