Caratunk Wildlife Refuge Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Seekonk, Massachusetts and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible year-round.
nice trail good marking
Nice trails.I thought they were pretty well marked.Not too strenuous which is great if you have kids.Very picturesque.
Overall, this was a very pleasant hike. Mostly flat trails with a few steep inclines and some areas which were a bit tricky to traverse due to recent wet weather.
As an artist, I was appreciative of a lot of eye candy... A scenic overlook, quaint foot bridges and picturesque trails abound.
On the downside, the trail markets were very confusing... Sometimes downright poor or lacking altogether. I was thankful for the fact I could get a good signal and was able to use my gps to get back on track when the right direction wasn't clear.
There is a lot of variety at Caratunk. I go there for small family hikes as well as half-day hikes along the more advanced trails.
Caratunk is also a hidden gem for birding, and I have spotted all typical New England birds here including several varieties of woodpeckers, blue and green heron, hawks, geese, wild turkeys, kinglets, even seagulls.
There are a lot of deer and squirrels in these woods, and I have also spotted woodchucks, snakes, otters, chipmunks and all other manner of spiders, beetles, and butterflies, etc.
Of course lots of deer is a sure sign of ticks; and my first experience getting bitten by a tick happened here after taking a break at the observation post. Please take precautions and be weary of these little parasites!
The red trail is a great introduction and offers you a short hike over a waterfall into a pine forest. This is a great hike for kids and a great way to get to know the place. The lake loop is also a great beginner hike/birding trail.
Eventually you can wander off onto the yellow trail for more advanced loops and hiking. The geology of this area is amazing and very well highlighted in the rock walls and formations along this trail and its loops.
For the experienced beginner, or the intermediate day hiker, cross the meadow and follow the signs to the blue trail/powerlines. This will eventually loop back to the yellow trail and back home. Along the way you will have the option of taking the bog hemlock loops beyond the lines, eventually returning back across. I would not recommend these loops in wet weather as they are prone to flooding.
Gate opens at seven until sunset typically.