Kettle Pond – Charlestown
- Kettle Pond – Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge
- Bend Road, Charlestown, RI
- Trailhead: 41°22’2.85″N, 71°41’10.68″W
- Last Time Hiked: July 7, 2014
- Approximate distance hiked: 2.6 miles
- Easy with slight elevation.
Kettle Pond is the northern parcel of the Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge. It is also the parcel that is home to the Rhode Island headquarters of the National Wildlife Refuges. Inside the building there is information on the types of lands and animals found throughout the refuge. This property also has a handful of trails. This would be my second of three planned walks on this refuge. I started from the parking area near the headquarters building and followed the Watchaug Pond Trail to its end passing both the Burlingame Trail and Toupoysett Pond Trail. I continued further down a dirt road and then turned left. I followed this road for a few paces to the entrance of the bordering Audubon property. From here I retraced my steps back up the dirt road and along the Watchaug Pond Trail. I then turned right onto the Toupoysett Pond Trail passing through part of the Kimball Wildlife Refuge as the trail looped back to the Watchaug Pond Trail. I then turned right, and then right again onto the Burlingame Trail and followed it to the edge of the Burlingame State Park. From here I retraced my steps back to the Watchaug Pond Trail, turning right again, and going back to the parking area. On the opposite side of the building is the Ocean View Trail which leads out to an observation tower. From the tower you can see Ninigret Pond and the Atlantic Ocean. On a clear day you can also see Block Island. After sightseeing for a bit I returned to the parking area. This property borders both Kimball and Burlingame and several miles could easily be added to this hike.
Trail map can be found at: Kettle Pond.