Audubon Society of Rhode Island Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge Exeter Birds Birdwatching environment hiking
Fisherville Brooks Wildlife Refuge

Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge

Address: 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter, RI 02822
Phone: (401) 295-8283
Hours: Open Sunrise to Sunset
Acres: 1,010
Trails: 5 miles
Trail Difficulty: easy to moderate

Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge Trail Map

Audubon's largest public property, the Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge contains a wide variety of habitat including fields, upland beech forest, cedar swamp, ponds, and streams. Bridges bring visitors over a small waterfall as well as clear running streams. A lovely historic cemetery can also be found on the property. In addition to hiking and bird watching, Fisherville Brook is a popular destination in the winter months for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Please Note: Pardon Joslin Road can only be accessed by these directions, GPS, Google Maps and other mobile directions are not accurate due to the road conditions. Please follow these directions to arrive safely at the wildlife refuge.
Directions: Take Route 95 to Route 4 to Route 102 north. Turn right onto Widow Sweets Road (just after the Exeter's Town Clerk's Office and across from Anderson's Place). Take second right onto Pardon Joslin Road (a dirt road). Travel approximately 1 mile. Parking lot is on the right side of road by a large Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge sign.

Refuge Highlights

  • Habitat: white cedar swamps, upland beech forests, ponds, streams, white pines
  • Wildlife to watch for: beaver, otter, muskrat, fox, deer, wood frog, spring peeper
  • Birds commonly found: Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, American Woodcock, Pileated Woodpecker, Arcadian Flycatcher, Indigo Bunting, Hooded Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Ovenbird, Scarlet Tanager,
  • Offerings: Birdwatching, Nature Center, Programs, Snowshoeing/cross-country skiing, restroom (portable restroom available)
  • Ketle ponds dot the landscape. These shallow bodies of water were created thousands of years ago when chunks of ice broke free from the glacier that covered the state.
  • Nature Center (open for programs only)
  • Available for birthday parties. Contact Laura Carberry at or (401) 295-8283.

We encourage proper use of the refuge and stewardship of the gifts it offers us to enjoy.
The following are prohibited from the refuge: dogs, horses and other pets; picking or collecting of anything besides litter; picnicking or camping; all vehicles (including bicycles) beyond the parking lot; excessive noisemaking; and alcoholic beverages.