Fort Nature Refuge - Blue Loop

North Smithfield, RI
Length: 1.50 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

[Total: 2    Average: 4.5/5]

Fort Nature Refuge is a 235-acre wildlife refuge that is maintained by the Audubon Society. There are blue, white, yellow and red trails for a grand total of 3.3 miles of trails.

The blue trail is a 1.5 mile well marked trail with wildlife sightings. This is a perfect location for birders, nature scavenger hunts, and children who like to explore on boulders. For an additional .2 miles you can take a small path down to the pond and search for tadpoles, frogs, turtles and beavers. The blue trail is perfect for all ages and abilities with mostly flat, wide and easy to navigate terrain. For early walkers you may also take the white trail from the blue for a shorter hike, and still be able to reach the pond. There is not much change in elevation which makes this less strenuous compared to other trails in this area.

Due to the delicate ecology dogs, bikes and jogging are not permitted on this trial.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 170 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Lake, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Lake access, bird watching, wildlife

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Dirt parking lot with information board and trails maps at the trail head.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 2    Average: 4.5/5]

Hello! I’m one of the Branch Ambassadors for Rhode Island. My son Maximus was born in November 2017, and we joined HiB that Spring but our branch went dormant. The following year we joined HiB again and quickly found it to be extremely valuable to our lives. We mostly hike with our dog (Knuckles) in tow so it was nice for us to get out with families who enjoy the outdoors just like us! I’m excited to keep learning and growing our branch. We hope to meet you soon!


Trail Map

Getting There

From South: Follow RI-146 N to RI-104 S in North Smithfield. Take the RI-104 N exit from RI-146 N, Continue on RI-104 S. Drive to RI-5 N