Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge

South Kingston, Rhode Island

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Look for unique birds and salt pond views on these wide woods and farmland trails. This 787-acre refuge is home to 300 species of birds, more than 40 types of mammals, and 20 species of reptiles and amphibians throughout the course of the year. Trustom Pond itself is the only undeveloped coastal salt pond in Rhode Island, closed to all human activity. The eastern end of the barrier beach at the southern edge of the refuge is known as Moonstone Beach. It used to be a nude beach. Today it’s one of the few nesting sites for least terns and piping plovers, and during nesting season the beach is closed. The refuge contains 2.5 miles of carefully positioned hiking trails that pass through a variety of wildlife habitats—fields, shrub lands, woodlands, fresh- and saltwater ponds, beaches, and dunes— without disturbing the wildlife.

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"Look for unique birds and salt pond views on these wide woods and farmland trails. This 787-acre refuge is home to 300 species of birds, more than 40 types of mammals, and 20 species of reptiles and amphibians throughout the course of the year. Trustom Pond itself is the only undeveloped coastal salt pond in Rhode Island, closed to all human activity. The eastern end of the barrier beach at the southern edge of the refuge is known as Moonstone Beach.

It used to be a nude beach. Today it’s one of the few nesting sites for least terns and piping plovers, and during nesting season the beach is closed. The refuge contains 2.5 miles of carefully positioned hiking trails that pass through a variety of wildlife habitats—fields, shrub lands, woodlands, fresh- and saltwater ponds, beaches, and dunes— without disturbing the wildlife."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: South Kingston
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round; best spring through fall
Local Maps: USGS Kingston
Driving Directions: Directions to Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge

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May 2018