This easy seaside hike is pleasant any day of the spring, summer, or fall but on an unseasonably warm January winter day, if was exceptionally wonderful. Deer abound on this refuge as well as a monitored coyote pack. Migrating wildlife of all sorts are seen here regularly.
Ample parking is available at this easily accessible refuge as well as at the adjoining public beach(at left in the map), known locally as Second Beach in the town of Middletown, RI. The trail is well maintained, easy to traverse, and pretty much totally level. Benches have been placed here and there for a break, to enjoy the view, have lunch, whatever. A visitor center has public rest rooms, natural history exhibits, and, during the summer months, conducts educational programs. A warden is often on duty. The refuge closes at sunset and reopens shortly after dawn most days.
Update: The damage to the access road and trail system inflicted by hurricane Sandy on October 30th, 2012 has been repaired. The refuge reopened to the public on May 1st, 2013. The visitor center opened Saturday, May 4th.