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Mourning Doves at Powder Mills Wildlife Refuge
Powder Mills Wildlife Refuge

Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge

and Audubon Headquarters

Address: 12 Sanderson Road (Rt.5), Smithfield, RI 02917
Phone: (401) 949-5454
Hours: Refuge open sunrise to sunset daily. Headquarters office open by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium is open daily from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Acres: 100
Trails: 2.5 miles
Trail Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

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

Powder Mill Ledges is home to 100 acres of habitat graced with deep woodlands and interesting rock outcroppings. You will also find the Audubon Society of Rhode Island headquarters at this refuge. The location serves as a hub for nature hikes, programs, lectures and events. In addition to hiking and bird watching, it is an ideal winter destination for snowshoeing.

Refuge Highlights

  • Habitat: deep woodlands, small pond, meadows, pine forest and rock outcroppings
  • Wildlife to watch for: red fox, grey fox, spring peeper, grey tree frog, green frog, painted turtle, deer
  • Birds commonly found: Wild Turkey, Cooper's Hawk, Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, Pine Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Ovenbird, Red-eyed Vireo
  • Offerings: Birdwatching, Birthday Parties, Programs/events, Snowshoeing/cross-country skiing. Restrooms are available for visitor use when staff is present during operating hours (M-F, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm) - just ring the doorbell!
  • Available for birthday parties and facility rentals. Contact Kim Calcagno at or (401) 949-5454 x3021.

Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge Self-Guided Trail

Auto Guía de Senderos del Refugio de Vida Silvestre Powder Mill Ledges

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: