A Peaceful Nature Walk at Caratunk Wildlife Refuge
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 an easy accessible year-round nature escape. Locals and tourists of Providence, Fall River, and surrounding communities will be able to easily take advantage of the quick drive.
Because the refuge is open year-round, you can enjoy hiking in the spring and summer months, leaf peeping in autumn, and cross country skiing and snowshoeing 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 seeking 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 late winter hike 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 tranquil 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. Thus, they are pretty much 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 tranquil winter setting is still gorgeous
Take a look at a few of the gorgeous stream and pond views we encountered during our walk.
Caratunk Directions/Parking/Additional Info
Address: Caratunk Wildlife Refuge is located at 301 Brown Ave. in Seekonk, MA. Parking is free.
Dogs are prohibited.
Visit the Audubon Society of Rhode Island for a full listing of all wildlife refuges in the state.