Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge, Tiverton
Audubon Society of Rhode Island
Description & Overview:
Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge is a 50-acre parcel of woods and salt marsh with trails and fine views of the Sakonnet River. The refuge has blinds for observing and photographing nature. Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and Glossy Ibis are among the birds that frequent the marsh. Jack's Island, a peninsula that extends into the Sakonnet River, is home to breeding Ospreys.
Hours: Dawn to dusk, year round
Miles of Trails: 2 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: From Providence: Take I-195 east to Route 24 south (in Fall River, MA). Follow Route 24 south to the Route 77 south exit. Follow Route 77 for 4.1 miles to Seapowet Avenue (also sometimes spelled "Sapowet") on the right. Turn onto Seapowet Avenue and continue 0.2 miles to the refuge parking lot on the right.
From Newport and Points West: Go east on Route 114/West Main Road. Merge onto Route 24 north, toward I-195 (Fall River/Providence). Stay on Route 24 north for 4 miles, exiting at Exit 4 (after crossing the bridge) toward Route 77 (Tiverton/Little Compton). Stay on Route 77 south for 3.6 miles, turning right onto Seapowet Avenue (also sometimes spelled "Sapowet"). Turn onto Seapowet Avenue and continue 0.2 miles to the refuge parking lot on the right.
Parking: Yes: Parking lot, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No
Salt Marsh at Emily Ruecker Refuge
Photography by: Scott Ruhren
Date of Photograph: August 26, 2010
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