Ninigret Park, Beach Conservation Area, and National Wildlife Refuge

Charlestown, Rhode Island

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Located in Charlestown. Two nature trails, a network of abandoned runways, and a stretch of barrier beach welcome hikers. Special attractions: Wildlife watching, with nesting piping plover (April-August), woodcock courtship flights (dusk, mid-March through June), and wintering waterfowl; crystalline sand beach; Rhode Island's largest coastal pond (Ninigret Pond).

Ninigret Park, Beach Conservation Area, & National Wildlife Refuge. Professional Review and Guide

"Located in Charlestown. Two nature trails, a network of abandoned runways, and a stretch of barrier beach welcome hikers. Special attractions: Wildlife watching, with nesting piping plover (April-August), woodcock courtship flights (dusk, mid-March through June), and wintering waterfowl; crystalline sand beach; Rhode Island's largest coastal pond (Ninigret Pond)."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Charlestown
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Year-round.
Local Contacts: Ninigret NWR or Ninigret Conservation Area.
Local Maps: Refuge map; attain a copy at the office for Ninigret National wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Shoreline Plaza or at the Charlestown Visitor Center, both off Route 1A.
Driving Directions: Directions to Ninigret Park, Beach Conservation Area, & National Wildlife Refuge.

Recent Trail Reviews

3/15/2009
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We hiked the trail network of the airfield today with our Webelos today. It was a great first hike after a long winter. Flat terrain, great variety of things to look at to keep the boys engaged. The views from the beaches are of the Charlestown Breachway not Block Island as indicated in the previous post. I would recommend for an afternoon family walk as Ninigret park also has facilities and a playground for the little ones.


11/18/2006
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If you love the ocean then don't pass this one up as it was absolutely beautiful.


11/28/2002
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Ninigret is a wonderful area. The barrier beach has some wonderful areas for photography - it was too bad we were just out for a short hike before Thanksgiving dinner, and hadn''t brought our cameras! Anyway, the view of Block Island can be truly stunning and nothing was too muddy, nor frozen, as of yet, though further inland the brackish water was frozen. This definately isn''t rigourous or challenging; I brought my elderly parents along on this hike, and they loved it, whining joints and all. There are some wonderful diving birds just off the coast - we saw one stay under for just under 12 seconds, and swim about 5 yards underwater in choppy conditions! Check it out!



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May 2018