Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge

Posted By on October 21, 2017

Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge

3.8 miles; Charlestown, RI

Today’s visit to Ninigret was organized by the “Take-A-Hike” group from Facebook. It was nice to see this gang again, and I had fun, but between yesterday’s and this morning’s hikes, my legs were beat. I plan on taking a little break from hiking in the next few days. It’s time to put the garden to bed.

On the Shore of Ninigret Pond

On the Shore of Ninigret Pond

The day was sparkling and clear, and it was perfect weather for meandering along the shore of Ninigret Pond.

Lovely Old Snag

Lovely Old Snag

We ambled down Charlietown Runway Trail to the little network of trails on the shore, and then headed off down the Cross Refuge Trail, the longest of the trails on refuge. This trail has become pretty woodsy in the five, no almost six years since I first hiked here.

Bittersweet Berries

Bittersweet Berries

The various bushes and shrubs and vines and trees here were all chock full of berries. You can see why the place is such a bird magnet.

Dead Horseshoe Crab

Dead Horseshoe Crab

Well, we weren’t exactly sure it was dead. But nobody wanted to, uh, touch it.

Perfect Autumn Trail

Perfect Autumn Trail

We ended up on the Foster Cove Loop and just look at how gorgeous this trail was. It was an entirely lovely hike.

You can find out more about the Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge, and get a trail map, here. As always, click on the image, above, for details about this hike and to download the GPS track.

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