Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge, South Kingstown
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Hunting is permitted here (hunters should check with the property manager before hunting). During hunting season everyone using the trails here should wear blaze orange. Remember, hunting season includes much of the late fall, winter and spring. More details.
In Rhode Island the primary hunting seasons typically run from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and from the third Saturday in April to the last day in May, however this can vary from year to year and depends on what game is being hunted. During hunting season you should wear at least 200 square inches (a hat OR a vest) of blaze orange. During shotgun deer season, which is typically in December, you should wear at least 500 square inches of blaze orange (a hat AND a vest). For more information see the RI DEM website.
Description & Overview:
This refuge is one of five national wildlife refuges in Rhode Island. In 1974, Mrs. Ann Kenyon Morse donated the first 365 acres of the refuge. In 1982, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island donated 151 acres. Today, the refuge includes 787 acres of various wildlife habitats including fields, shrublands, woodlands, fresh and saltwater ponds and sandy beaches and dunes. Approximately 300 bird species, more than 40 mammal species, and 20 species of reptiles and amphibians call Trustom Pond refuge home during the year. Trustom Pond is the only undeveloped coastal salt pond in Rhode Island, making it even more valuable to wildlife. On the southern boundary is found a barrier beach which remains one of the few Rhode Island nesting sites for two species of concern, the least tern and piping plover.
The Trustom Pond Contact Station is open every day and during hours when there are volunteers available to staff the station. Generally the hours are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM every day. Sometimes our volunteers will be out on the trails to assist our visitors, and the contact station may be temporarily closed while they are away. The trails are always open during daylight hours, regardless of whether the contact station is open or not.
All restrooms, visitor centers and most of the viewing platforms and trails are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Here at Trustom Pond NWR, the platforms at Otter Point and Farm Pond are barrier free, but the platform at Osprey Point has a short set of stairs. However, please call ahead for any weather-related and maintenance-related accessibility issues.
Hours: sunrise to sunset, open all year
Miles of Trails: 2.5 miles
Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: 2.3 miles
Trail Width: Mostly wide, well-graded, accessible trails
Trail Rating: Easy 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? Yes. Contact property manager for details before hunting. Walkers wear orange during hunting season!
Other Amenities: Restrooms are available at the Contact Station, at the entrance to the refuge. There are NO picnic areas or campsites on the refuge.
Trailhead Name: Main Entrance and Contact Station
Driving Landmarks: If you are coming from the North on U.S. Route 1 South, just follow the sign to make a u-turn for Moonstone Beach Road. Take the Moonstone Beach Road exit. At the 4-way Stop at Matunuck Schoolhouse Road, follow the sign and turn right. The refuge will be located on your left. If you are coming from the South on U.S. Route 1 North take the Moonstone Beach Road exit. At the 4-way Stop at Matunuck Schoolhouse Road, follow the sign and turn right. The refuge will be located on your left.
The refuge is located at:
1040 Matunuck Schoolhouse Road
South Kingstown, RI 02879
Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 16 spaces, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? Yes
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This site report was last updated on November 7, 2016