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Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield

Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Description & Overview:

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Powder Mill Ledges, in Smithfield, is home not only to a 120-acre property graced with deep woodlands and interesting rock outcroppings, but it is also home to the Audubon Society’s headquarters. The refuge has fine stands of pines, a pond, and a brook. The headquarters has a library, gift shop, teacher's resource center, and bird feeding station. Read about our refuge's rich history.

Powder Mill Ledges page on the ASRI website

Trail Safety Information

Photographs

 

What's There:

Hours: Dawn to dusk, year round

Miles of Trails: 2.5 miles

Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None

Trail Width: Typical one person footpath

Trail Rating: Moderate   Explanation

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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.

Skiing/Snowshoeing: No

Are Dogs Allowed? No

Is Horseback Riding Permitted? No

Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? No

Is Hunting Permitted? No

Other Amenities: The Audubon Society of Rhode Island's headquarters are at Powder Mill Ledges and when the headquarters are open there is a library, gift shop, and teacher's resource center there.

Public Transportation & Bike Paths:

For driving directions see the trailheads information below.

Public Transit: No

Bike Path Access: No

Trailhead:

Coordinates: 41° 52.112' N    71° 31.811' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: From I-295 north or south, take exit 7B onto Route 44 West. At the fourth set of lights, turn left onto Route 5 (Sanderson road). Turn left at the second driveway into the parking lot for the refuge and for ASRI's headquarters.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

 

Photographs:

The Blue Trail at Powdermill Ledges

The Blue Trail at Powdermill Ledges

Photography by: Scott Ruhren

Date of Photograph: May 4, 2012

 

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This site report was last updated on April 19, 2013

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