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Caratunk Wildlife Refuge
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge

Caratunk Wildlife Refuge

Address: 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA, 02771
Hours: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm; Parking lot gate is closed outside of these hours.
Acres: Nearly 200
Trails: 3.5 miles
Trail Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Bathroom: Yes (Composting toilet located at the trailhead)

Dogs are prohibited. Click here to learn why and review other trail guidelines.

From the white barn to the meandering trails and crystal-clear brooks, the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge is a place frequented by nature enthusiasts and wildlife alike. With nearly 200 acres of fields, forests, streams, and ponds, Caratunk offers miles of well-marked trails, making it one of Audubon's most popular properties. In addition to hiking and bird watching, it is an ideal destination in the winter months for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Refuge Highlights

  • Habitat: fields, forests, streams, ponds
  • Wildlife to watch for: otter, muskrat, woodchuck, deer, frog, painted turtle
  • Birds commonly found: Eastern Bluebird, Purple Martin, American Woodcock, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole, Yellow Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Wild Turkey, Screech Owl, Wood Duck
  • Offerings: Birdwatching, Summer Camp, Nature Center, Programs, Snowshoeing/cross-country skiing, Restroom 
  • Historic White Barn (open for public and private programs and events only)
  • Rain Garden
  • Available for birthday parties, weddings and facility rentals. Contact Michelle Solis at or (401) 949-5454 x3014.


Using the Trails: Refuge Guidelines

All Audubon Society of Rhode Island land is protected. Our public wildlife refuges are for everyone to enjoy. Please respect the natural habitats of Audubon's refuges and avoid disturbing their inhabitants. Also, respect the rights of others when using the trails.

In order to ensure that these areas remain as healthy habitats, we ask you please to abide by these simple rules, enjoying the natural settings with quiet enthusiasm and a respectful sense of adventure. By conserving these open spaces, Audubon Society of Rhode Island, along with its members and partners, is able to fulfill its mission of protecting the nature of Rhode Island.

To accomplish this, we kindly request the following: