Norman Bird Sanctuary is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Middletown, Rhode Island that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 173 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

muddy

rocky

scramble

no dogs

7 miles of marked trails at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown, RI. Varied and well-marked trails, coupled with tranquil surroundings, make this an excellent hiking or trail running destination. Beware muddy areas during rain, and some of the rocks can get a bit slick.

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rocky
4 days ago

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muddy
rocky
scramble
19 days ago

The wind was crazy coming in off the water but it was sunny and warm enough to make this a great day for hiking the ridge trails. I started with Nelson Pond Trail to Red Fox Trail. I skipped the Valley Trail and took the Hanging Rock Trail. The topography was unexpected and fun! And, the views we’re incredible!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and calm. I loved the boulders emerging from the ground.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trails..well marked and my kids very much enjoyed it! Can’t wait for spring to come!

hiking
fee
rocky
5 months ago

Lots of different habitats. Most people head to hanging rock but the other ridges are fun too. The woodlands trail is far easier and less traveled so much more peaceful there if getting away from people is your thing. Lots of deer flies and skeeters near Maple Swamp Pond during the summer. Be sure to pick up a trail map in the office. The trails are well marked but it can get slightly confusing without a map. AllTrails map is weak for this location. I hiked each trail yesterday to see how many miles they are all combined. I ended up logging 7 miles total. Well worth the cost of membership if you live nearby.

great Trails, nice open paths, some grass. Lots of maple roots. the maps in this app don't show all the trails that are possible. Pick up a map at the office when you check in. To hike here legally you need to pay $7 or be a member.

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike, tho a little misleading with the description saying 1.8 out and back. There's several trails that also differ in difficulty. The first .5 mile is flat and easy but then as you progress to the Ridge Trails, the terrain becomes rocky and steeper elevation change. The Red Fox Trail had a very pretty overlook! I didnt do the full trail and it was already 2 mi roundtrip. Mostly shady and breezy. Some bugs due to the lakes nearby.

hiking
Sun Feb 17 2019

Great trail with awesome views

Tue Jan 08 2019

really love being at hanging rock. the view is spectacular.

Sun Oct 28 2018

Lots of trail options. Beautiful trees and vantage points to see the ocean and ponds.

hiking
Sun Jun 10 2018

This is a really easy hike any time of year. I don’t know who is rating this as “moderate!” Beautiful scenery all year round.

Sun Jun 03 2018

nice views, lots of wildlife, and lots of birds! be on the lookout for poison ivy, and there are ticks here in the summer.

hiking
Sat Feb 17 2018

There are 7 miles of trails here to connect for longer hikes. Several of them are out and back. There are trail fees here to help support the land conservation and animal sanctuary. There are also no dogs allowed so wildlife isn’t scared off. Excellent spot for birders. Not much elevation, but Hanging Rock and the ridge trails can be challenging.

walking
Sun Nov 12 2017

Nice views from hanging rock.

bird watching
Fri Oct 13 2017

great day.

Sun Apr 09 2017

Was surprised with difficulty, the pond was best part of the walk

hiking
Fri Mar 17 2017

Love this park. Great hiking trails. Lots of rocks to climb. Keeps it challenging.

Sun Aug 02 2015

Beautiful trails. I recommend the Red Fox, Nelson Pond trail loop. Great for introducing kids into hiking.

hiking
Sun Apr 14 2013

Ended up here by default since another trail in the area was closed. I didn't mind the $6.00 per head after hiking this area, I'd rather spend my money here than on something else. Anyways, nice terrain, well marked and a good trail map available,plus rest rooms which can be appreciated. Overall a nice place especially if you live on Aquidneck island.

hiking
Sun Apr 07 2013

I had chosen this trail without expecting much. I had gotten the idea that it might be like Sachuett and/or Ninigret, that is, a little too manicured. Still, after a long period off the trails, due to bad weather and illness, I supposed a gentler trail would do for this Sunday. I was pleasantly surprised. The diversity on this relatively small area is beyond belief -- forest, pond, field, and ocean view. I also found a lot of ridge climbing, including a rocky chute reminiscent of Long/Ell Pond. This refuge is also distinctive for the puddingstone type of rock formations. It is also still clear that this area was hard-hit during the storms. On a number of occasions, the trail was blocked by fallen trees. I did take off a star for the fact that through a significant part, you do have a view of the road. NB: There is a $6 admission fee for adults, and $3 for children under 12. Still, it was well worth it.

running
Sun Jun 17 2012

The trail description is way off - there are actually over 7 miles of trail looped very nicely in this preserve. Trails are well-marked, very dynamic (lots of ups and downs, some scramble), and extremely beautiful. I was on a 2-week trip to Newport recently and made the trip to trail run the preserve 3 times during just because it was so much fun. Don't let the trail description dissuade you, this is a moderate level trail and you can easily go along all the trails for a solid 7-8 mile hike/run.

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