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 open Monday - Friday from 9 am - 5 pm
Acres: 100
Trails: 2.5 miles
Trail Difficulty: easy to moderate

Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge Trail Map

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, Nature Center, Programs, Snowshoeing/cross-country skiing, Restrooms (open Monday-Friday 9 am - 5 pm only)
  • Available for birthday parties and facility rentals. Contact Kim Calcagno at or (401) 949-5454 x3021.

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.