Audubon Wildlife Refuges remain open during the pandemic. Please review our trail safety guidelines before your visit.
Florence Sutherland Fort & Richard Knight Fort Nature Refuge
Address: 1445 Providence Pike (Rt. 5), North Smithfield, RI 02896
Hours: Open sunrise to sunset
Trails: 3.5 miles
Trail Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Are Dogs Allowed? No - click here to learn why and review other trail guidelines.
Hikers and birders alike will appreciate the Fort Wildlife Refuge for its diverse habitat in Northern Rhode Island. This 235-acre property includes miles of trails that lead to three idyllic ponds. Teeming with a variety of animals as well as beautiful wetland plants, these ponds preovide visitors with scenic destinations for wildlife observation and photography. In addition to hiking and bird watching, Fort Wildlife Refuge is a popular winter destination for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
- Habitat: forest, ponds, wetlands
- Wildlife to watch for: beaver, otter, muskrat, fox, deer, frog, turtle
- Birds commonly found: Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, Pine Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Ovenbird, Wild Turkey, Great Blue Heron, Scarlet Tanager, Wood Duck
- Offerings: Birdwatching, Programs, Snowshoeing/cross-country skiing