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Caratunk Wildlife Refuge

Seekonk, Audubon Society of Rhode Island

6.0 miles of trail

Moderate

Close

Very Easy

Trails that are smooth and relatively level with no steps, no roots, stones or uneven ground. These may be paved, crushed stone, continuous boardwalk and similar surfaces. These trails have a route that is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy loop or network of trails.

Easy

Relatively flat and smooth trails with a route that is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy loop or network of trails.

Moderate

May have a few hills or steep sections and multiple surface types including rocks and roots. Trails are generally well-marked but following them requires a trail map.

Difficult

Strenuous trails, trail systems that mostly involve multi-mile loops and trails that are narrow and may have obstacles such as stream crossings or rocky areas, some trails are less well marked.

Click on the "Trail Map (PDF)" button to download a PDF of the trail map that you can print and take with you on the trail.

Avenza maps are special, free maps that you can use in the Avenza app on your smart phone. These maps let you see your location on the map as you walk. Download the Avenza App for free in the Apple App Store or on Google Play

Click on the Avenza Trail Map button to "purchase" the free map for this trail from the Avenza map store. If this is your first time, Avenza will ask you to set up an account to check out. However, all Avenza trail maps listed on ExploreRI are free.

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.

A Bridge Over a Stream at Cartunk Refuge

What’s There:

Owned and managed by Audubon, Caratunk was established in 1971 through the generosity of Mr. Charles G. Greenhalgh of Pawtucket, RI. Well-marked, easy to moderate trails weave through nearly 200 acres of fields, forests, and wetlands. Trails are open only to the following activities: hiking, bird watching, nature study, photography, ski touring, and snowshoeing. The refuge provides a protected and diverse habitat for native plants and animals as well as many educational programs. Camp is held here in the summer for children and public programs concerning the environment are held year-round for concerned citizens of all ages. Special programs for scout groups, senior citizens and other community groups may be arranged by reservation. Please call us at (401) 949-5454 if interested. Check out the Audubon Program listings for upcoming scheduled events at Caratunk. Six miles of well marked trails are maintained for public use and easy walking in the quiet and natural setting. We encourage proper use of the refuge and stewardship of the gifts it offers us to enjoy.

Caratunk Wildlife Refuge page on the ASRI website

Getting There:

Trailhead

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-195, take the Broadway exit. Bear left at the bottom of the ramp, onto Warren Avenue, turn left at the first set of lights, onto Route 114 north. Travel approximately 2 miles and then turn right onto Route 152 north. Continue on Route 152 across a reservoir and into Seekonk. After you pass the middle school on the left, turn right onto Brown Avenue. Caratunk is 7/10 of a mile on the right.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? Yes

Coordinates: 41° 52.45' N    71° 19.306' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


 

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