Kettle Pond Visitor Center50 Bend RoadCharlestown, RI 02813401-364-9124
The trails in both the headquarters and Salt Pond Units of the refuge are open to the public from sunrise to sunset. There are special extended hours for fishing the cinder worm hatch during the month of May.
The Kettle Pond Visitor Center is open every day from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, except we are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Please call ahead for additional closures, or current weather conditions.
The Ocean View Trail, accessible from the Kettle Pond Visitor Center, is a 1/2 mile trail marked by 15,000 year-old ridges and depressions shaped by the great ice sheet. At the end of the trail is a tower where visitors are treated to views of Ninigret Pond, barrier beaches, and Block Island.
Kettle Pond Visitor Center brochure (pdf)Kettle Pond Trail Map (pdf)Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge trail map (pdf)Trails Through Time brochure (pdf)
An EarthCache involves using a GPS unit to go to a certain location. Before going to the location the user needs to research the EarthCache and perform the educational lesson at the site. Visitors to the refuge EarthCaches will discover unique land features, geological processes, and a treasured landscape. EarthCache backpacks are available to borrow at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center.
Pets are not allowed on the refuges, except at Kettle Pond Visitor Center. We allow leashed dogs on the trail at Kettle Pond Visitor Center because along the trail at least, there are fewer ground-nesting birds than at other locations on our refuges.
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The federally threatened piping plover is a small, stocky, sandy-colored bird resembling a sandpiper. The adult has yellow-orange legs, a black band across the forehead from eye to eye, and a black ring around the base of its neck. Like other plovers, it runs in short starts and stops. When still, the piping plover blends into the pale background of open, sandy habitat on outer beaches where it feeds and nests.