Fort Wildlife Refuge, North Smithfield
Audubon Society of Rhode Island
Description & Overview:
The headwaters of the Woonasquatucket River rise on this 235 acre woodland sanctuary of North Smithfield is a great place for a long hike through a variety of northern forest habitats at any time of year. Three small ponds and a variety of deciduous and coniferous trees provide diverse habitat for wildlife.
Hours: Dawn to dusk, year round
Miles of Trails: 3 miles
Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None
Trail Width: Typical one person footpath
Trail Rating: Moderate Explanation
Trail Rating Key
Easy: Trails are relatively smooth and the route is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy network of trails in an urban or suburban setting where help is always readily at hand. A map may be useful but is not necessary.
Moderate: Somewhat more strenuous trails or harder to follow trails. Trails are well-marked but following them requires a trail map and a trail map is readily available either at the site or online.
Difficult: Strenuous trails, trail systems that mostly involve multi-mile loops and trail systems where there is no available trail map or the trails are not marked.
Are Dogs Allowed? No
Is Horseback Riding Permitted? No
Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? No
Is Hunting Permitted? No
Public Transportation & Bike Paths:
For driving directions see the trailheads information below.
Public Transit: No
Bike Path Access: No
Driving Landmarks: Take I-295 to Exit 8B (Rte. 7 North). Follow Rte 7 to Providence Pike; bear right onto Providence Pike. Go across at the intersection of Rtes. 5 and 104. The refuge entrance is 1/2 mile ahead on the left, the first left after the Primrose Fire Station.
Parking: Yes: Parking lot, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No
Autumn Stream at Fort Refuge
Photography by: Scott Ruhren
Date of Photograph: October 22, 2009
This stream is one of the headwaters of the Woonasquatucket River
The data on this website come from many sources, including volunteers and organizations across the state of Rhode Island and nearby parts of Massachusetts. We have done our best to make sure the data are accurate and up to date, but any information critical to the success of your trip should be confirmed before you start. The maps and information on this website should not be substituted for topographic maps or other more detailed maps and guides. We welcome corrections and additions. To send a correction or provide other feedback, please use our feedback form (see link above).
This site report was last updated on December 11, 2017