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General Information

Description - Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge consists of upland habitat (grassland, cropland, shrublands and coastal deciduous hardwood forest) and wetlands (brackish Trustom Pond, fresh and brackish salt marsh, fresh water ponds and wooded swamp). The refuge also includes over a mile of barrier beach between Card and Trustom Pond and the Atlantic Ocean (the Block island Sound). Trustom Pond is the last remaining undeveloped coastal salt pond in Rhode Island.


More than 280 species of birds have been observed on the Refuge and approximately 57 of those have nested on Refuge lands. The beach is preferred nesting habitat for the federally threatened piping plover and the State threatened least tern. Forty one species of mammals, ten species of fish and more than twenty species of amphibians and reptiles have been found on the refuge.

Recreation - The Refuge has an extensive trail system, currently being developed into a handicapped accessible trail, that leads to some beautiful vistas of the salt pond and barrier beaches, as well as Block island twelve miles to the east.

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Filed By: Beth Miller (So. Kingstown, RI)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: wE SAW BEAUTIFUL BIRDS, AN EGRET, A SMALL GARDEN SNAKE, A BULLFRONG,FISH, ETC. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL TRAIL AND THERE ARE ABOUT 4 TO CHOOSE FROM, RED MAPLE TRAIL, OTTER POINT, FARM LOOP,AND ANOTHER WHICH I CANNOT RECALL RIGHT NOW. IT IS WONDERFUL FOR ADULTS AND KIDS ALIKE, THE TERRAIN IS EASY ENOUGH FOR CHILDREN, THERE ARE LOOKOUTS AND BENCHES FOR THE KIDS TO REST AND WATCH THE WILDLIFE. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND TRUSTOM POND. IN NO WAY WILL YOU BE DISAPPOINTED! WE TOOK THE OTTER POINT RAIL THEN THE TRAIL TO THE POND, NEXT TIME I WILL DO MAPLE LEAF AND LET YOU KNOW HOW IT IS.


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Contact Information:
Trustom Pond NWR, P.O. Box 307 , Charlestown, RI, 02813, Phone: 401-364-9124
, r5rw_ninwr@fws.gov

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