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Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge

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 4.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A flat and easy hike through low-lying vegetation and coastal wildlife.


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3.5

Miles

5.6

KM

Point to Point

19' 6 m

High

3' 1 m

Low

33' 10 m

Up

32' 10 m

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2%

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Historical Significance · Wildflowers

Need to Know

There is a restroom in east parking lot.

Description

It is easy for hiking although because it is essentially a swamp, it puddles up quickly after a rain. The views over the pond are pleasing. It is likely you'll see people working the oyster beds. The oyster are very good and are shipped all over the country. Ninigret is a perfect location for birding, there is also a kayak-only launch accessed through the east parking lot. The flora is not overwhelming but the landscape is slowly being reclaimed by nature. However, it is very surprising to see the amount of wild flowers, and, even more impressively, the colors in autumn and winter. If you like winter palettes, this is the place for you.

The refuge is adjacent to Ninigret Park which is managed by the town of Charlestown. They have facilities for soccer, basketball, disc golf, a dog park, observatory, etc.

Flora & Fauna

Varieties of salt-tolerant plants

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Michael D

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Benches are located throughout the preserve.
Feb 27, 2020 near Charles…, RI
Runway markers can still be seen on the trails.
Feb 27, 2020 near Charles…, RI
One of the benches placed around the refuge
Feb 6, 2020 near Charles…, RI
The autumn colors compose a subtle palette that becomes vibrant when you begin to see it.
Mar 17, 2020 near Charles…, RI

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