Caratunk Wildlife Refuge Trail

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Caratunk Wildlife Refuge Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Seekonk, Massachusetts that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

1.9 miles
108 feet

kid friendly



nature trips


trail running





no dogs

4 days ago

Great trails, I'm there all the time, but I started my run today and someone outside yelled at me to stop because it's disruptive. So because this is a walking only trail, the trail running tag should probably be removed. It's a shame, I enjoy running that loop but rules is rules.

1 month ago

Look forward to going again! Well kept, trails marked well!

1 month ago

Well marked trails.

2 months ago

Fun easy walking trails. Bring waterproof boots if you go anywhere up a week after a rainstorm

3 months ago

loved it. Bet it's beautiful in the summer.

8 months ago

Very peaceful and well kept trails, but pets are not welcome. Bring your tick \ bug spray, this is a wetlands area.

11 months ago

got lost. need better markings. nice uphill walk. nice views

Monday, May 08, 2017

WARNING: HEAVY POISON ivy along most trails.

great trails! some closed. good amount of flooding right now. moderate for kids. easy for adults. Lots of wildlife. great winding along the river. we loved it. saw turtles (sun and snapping), geese, ducklings, spiders, birds, and snakes. our son loved it.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

beautiful scenery! great for watching birds. we saw a red tailed hawk that didn't mind us watching! even saw a little grass snake.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Flooded a bit from recent rain storms, but very nice hike. Took my 3 year old son and he hiked the whole red trail including green trail.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Nice walk

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Pretty hike, nothing too hard

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Very nice trail and great for kids to explore. Pleasant old stone walls and water make it a little extra intriguing. I did this with my 2 and 5 year olds who enjoyed the hike!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Beautiful well marked trails. Lots to discover for the kids.

Monday, November 28, 2016

nice trail good marking

Friday, October 14, 2016

Nice trails.I thought they were pretty well marked.Not too strenuous which is great if you have kids.Very picturesque.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

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.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

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.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Nice easy hike.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Completed this hike this morning (10/4/15). Nice set of trails. Picked up a color coded map just inside the side door of the barn in the parking lot. It can be found online too. I didn't have too much trouble following the trails. Did about 5 miles including just about all the trails and did some sections twice. Saw 2 sets of deer early on. One set near the beginning of the Red trail off a side spur and one when first entering the power lines section of the Blue trail in the open field. Most of the trails are flat, do have to watch your footing in some areas, but overall pretty easy. Not a remote area but worth a visit!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Very pleasant first hike. Beautiful scenery and well marked. The only wildlife I saw, other then birds, was a small snake slithering across the trail in front of me. We exchanged pleasantries before he continued on.

Friday, July 31, 2015

I hiked there around 7/24/15. All of the trails were well marked and maintained. The scenery was nice and there were several trail paths to choose from.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

My husband and I decided to try this out today, for the most part the trails are marked pretty well, for the most part, but there are some spots where you will be guessing, we did have to stop and figure where we were a couple of times. When you get to the power lines you will not see any more blue markers, for a bit, we did back track a couple of times, the map really isn't all that helpful. So when you come up to the power lines, this is the blue trail, go to your left and go up a bit you will see the blue marker on your right. It's nice easy, flat trails, very easy, but nice little hike in the woods, we went 3.14 miles, not quite sure where they figured it is 4.5 miles, and we even had to back track a couple of times.

Friday, August 29, 2014

I'm probably saying the same thing that all the others are saying....awful map, awful trail markings. You better take along some type of electrical device so you don't go back the way you came. Or, stay on the red trail for a quick hike. Someone was having fun with paint when they marked up these trees.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I've been going to this nature reserve for many many years.
It is beautiful and out of the way. I hardly ever see anyone else hiking while I'm there. The trails are very easy and direct. It's relatively short compared to other trails. Beautiful stream and river. Also there are small bridges over the muddy sections.
Make sure you bring bug spray! It's near a stream and a lake so it gets buggy!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

We hiked the trails here a few times with the Audubon Society of RI, and while they tend to be muddy in the spring or after even light rain, they provide a nice hike overall.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

I took a small hike at the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge on 6/2/14. I was a little disappointed with the trail markings. It is easy to lose track of which trail you are trying to get to. Also beware of the bugs! The mosquitos were terrible. On the plus side, the wildlife there is very abundant. There were many Mallards, White Tails, and Wild Turkeys.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

First, the good. Caratunk is a beautiful refuge filled with an amazing variety of wildlife. For that reason it's good for bird watchers or anyone who visits primarily to get a glimpse of whitetails, fox, muskrat, swans, etc.

Unfortunately, Caratunk suffers from the lack of a realiable map and very uneven trail markings. It really seems like the map maker was unacquainted with the property, and the trail blazer was unacquainted with the map. The blue trail, especially, reflects these problems and is not worth the effort.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA (508) 761-8230
This was a nice trail to hike. I did the blue and yellow trails. The blue train exits at one point in the power lines. If you walk left you need to check on the right for the blue trail marker. It was very muddy even though it hadn't rained a few days prior. For trail map click the link provided. Note: no pets allowed.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A little something for everyone, be it a birder or a hiker. But . . .

1. Get out the Mapquest. The directions on the Audobon site SUCK.

2. The trail map could be more helpful in terms of identifying trail color.

3. The blazes on the Hemlock Loop trail are in serious need of a re-do. Very confusing.

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