Norman Bird Sanctuary

Middletown, Rhode Island

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At this 450-acre privately held Aquidneck Island sanctuary, find craggy ridges trending north–south, parted by linear marshes, abandoned pasture, and rich woodland. Inland freshwater ponds expand the wildlife habitat and enrich area views, which span a dramatic rocky coastline to Rhode Island Sound. Eight miles of interlocking trails probe the property, offering a variety of tours; the selected three hikes serve as an example of the sanctuary offering. These are three hikes of varying difficulty which examine woodland, field, pond, and ridge. Special attractions include: Wildlife-watching; coastal, pond, and marsh panoramas; craggy ridges and puddingstone outcrop; wildflowers; fall foliage; historical visitor center barn.

Norman Bird Sanctuary Professional Review and Guide

"At this 450-acre privately held Aquidneck Island sanctuary, find craggy ridges trending north–south, parted by linear marshes, abandoned pasture, and rich woodland. Inland freshwater ponds expand the wildlife habitat and enrich area views, which span a dramatic rocky coastline to Rhode Island Sound. Eight miles of interlocking trails probe the property, offering a variety of tours; the selected three hikes serve as an example of the sanctuary offering.

These are three hikes of varying difficulty which examine woodland, field, pond, and ridge. Special attractions include: Wildlife-watching; coastal, pond, and marsh panoramas; craggy ridges and puddingstone outcrop; wildflowers; fall foliage; historical visitor center barn."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Middletown
Distance: 1.1
Elevation Gain: 70 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Year-round, trails and center: 9AM to 5PM Tuesday through Sunday. Open daily in summer.
Local Contacts: Norman Bird Sanctuary, 401-846-2577
Local Maps: Sanctuary map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Norman Bird Sanctuary

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