Caratunk Wildlife Refuge in Southeastern Massachusetts is a relaxing nature oasis located within driving distance of Providence and neighboring cities. Situated in Seekonk, just a 10 minute drive from Providence, Caratunk is a perfect accessible year round escape. Locals and tourists of Providence, Fall River, and surrounding communities will be able to take advantage of the easy drive.
Because the refuge is open year-round, you can enjoy hiking in the spring and summer months, and cross country skiing and snow shoeing during the winter season. Within the refuge, you will find 6 miles of marked trails. Bird watching opportunities are ample, especially during the fall season. The quiet setting (no highway noise) and beautiful forested views offer a peaceful escape anytime you are looking for some quiet reflection time.
It was a bit hard to follow the trails with the leaves scattered about. Be ready for a muddy walk during the late winter season as the snow is still melting. It was an odd day that felt like a mix between winter and fall, as leaves were scattered among the trails from the snow melting. It almost felt like a fall hike!
I love the fall season so I didn’t mind the beautiful covered trails. Despite the chilly weather, the views of the streams and tall trees made for an enjoyable afternoon out (especially after being crammed inside all winter!).
Loved the leaf covered trails!
Gazing up into the tall trees
A beautiful icy stream – winter isn’t over yet!
A gorgeous icy reflection on the pond
The trails here are pretty flat with just a few small inclines, therefore, they are suitable for walkers of any levels. I recommend bringing with your camera to take advantage of the serene natural landscapes. I imagine this hike to be even more beautiful when the leaves start budding,nonetheless the winter setting is still worthy of a visit.
Take a look at a few of the gorgeous stream and pond views we encountered during our walk.
Address: Caratunk Wildlife Refuge is located at 301 Brown Ave. in Seekonk, MA.
Visit the Audubon Society of Rhode Island website for a full listing of all wildlife refuges in the state.