Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge

South Kingston, Rhode Island 02892

Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge

Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge Professional Review and Guide

"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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"A wide open meadow directly behind the visitor center in this national wildlife refuge gives way to coastal woodland before surprising you with two peninsulas jutting out into Trustom Pond, narrowly separated by barrier beach from the ocean. Well-marked and maintained trail surfaces, multiple viewing platforms, and plenty of benches make this hike enjoyable and easy to navigate.

As you stand in the medium-size asphalt parking looking back at the entry, you’ll see bathroom facilities and a water fountain across the lot to your right (east). Turn around and you’ll see the tiny visitor center to the left front of the lot. The trail begins on a wooden walkway/deck that abuts the visitor center’s right-hand side, leading you to a stone dust footpath."

"This is by far one of Rhode Island’s most valuable places. Once a farm, the 787-acre Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge now encompasses various wildlife habitats, including Rhode Island’s only undeveloped coastal salt pond.

It is virtually impossible to leave here without seeing some type of wildlife in the fields, shrublands, woodlands, beaches, and ponds that make up the refuge. The friendly volunteers at the visitor center are extremely knowledgeable and can alert you to recent sightings before you set out. A camera is a must on this hike, and if your kids have their own, they will be snapping away the entire time."

"This federal wildlife refuge/onetime farm offers up images pastoral, wooded, and coastal. Open fields, salt and freshwater ponds, vegetated islands, marshy and thickety shores, and quiet, low-canopy woods shape its mosaic.

The big blue centerpiece is 160-acre Trustom Pond, the only undeveloped coastal salt pond in Rhode Island. A host of birds populate and visit the property. This is one for slow touring, binoculars, and breathing deep the tranquility."

Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge Reviews

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7/19/2018
Very nice flat trail to great vistas. It is not in point Judith but Matunuck. It is very marked from Hwy 1
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Trail Information

South Kingston
Nearby City
3
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Year-round; best spring through fall
Season
USGS Kingston
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Oct 2018