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Audubon Society of Rhode Island Long Pond Woods Wildlife Refuge Rockville Birds birdwatching environment
Long Pond Woods

Long Pond Woods Wildlife Refuge

Address: North Road, Rockville, RI 02873
(Small parking lot is located next to the refuge sign. Visitors may also park along the road.)
Hours: Open sunrise to sunset
Acres: 220
Trails: 2 miles
Trail Difficulty: Challenging

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

Refuge Highlights

  • Habitat: hemlocks, rock outcrops
  • Wildlife to watch for: mink, otter, painted turtle
  • Birds commonly found: Hooded Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Ovenbird, Turkey Vulture, Hooded Merganser, Barred Owl
  • Stunning views of Long Pond provide hikers with a scenic destination
  • Offerings: Birdwatching

Long Pond Woods in Hopkinton, RI offers arguably the most challenging hiking of any Audubon Refuge. The 220 acres of rocky and steep terrain provide an incomparable bird's eye view of Long Pond. Dense groves of beautiful mountain laurel and rhododendron as well as towering oaks and hemlocks are dispersed through the property. Trails border both Long and Ell Ponds and connect to a larger system that leads into Connecticut.

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: