Caratunk – Seekonk
- Caratunk Wildlife Refuge
- Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA
- Trailhead: 41°52’26.71″N, 71°19’18.50″W
- First Time Hiked: January 5, 2013
- Last Time Hiked: October 13, 2016
- Approximate distance hiked: 3.0 miles
- Easy with slight elevation.
Although in Massachusetts, Caratunk Wildlife Refuge is a Audubon Society of Rhode Island property. The property offers several features including a couple small ponds, bogs, fields of wildflowers, hemlock grove, and large boulders. From the parking lot turn left after the barn and pass through a open field along the red trail. At the next intersection, the short red trail goes to the right. Stay to the left and follow the trail pass the beginning of the blue trail to a trail that loops around Muskrat Pond. After looping around the pond go left onto a trail that leads to the blue trail. Follow the blue trail for a bit where you will cross Coles Brook by the Ice Pond. Take note of the granite bridge. Coles Brook winds through the property and eventually flows into the Ten Mile River downstream. From here follow the blue blazed trail under the power lines and explore the back section of the property. There are several trails on the backside forming two loops. The trails here pass through bogs and stands of beeches and hemlocks. After exploring the blue trails make your way back to the yellow trail and follow it to Monument Rock, a very large boulder that is about ten feet high. From here make your way to the Boulder Train, and cross a bridge over a stream at the end of the trail where it meets the red trail. At this intersection turn left onto the red trail through the pine woods and eventually back to the parking lot. Trail maps are available at the barn by the parking area.
More info & trail map can be found at: Caratunk Trail Map