Powdermill Ledges, Smithfield, RI

At the time of this writing RI Audubon trails were still open to the public during this global pandemic. Please be wise and avoid outdoor spaces where the parking lots are filled. Spending time in the outdoors safely is essential in helping keep yourself and others safe.


Boardwalk through potentially wet area in springtime, with stone walls along the way

We often spotted the sign on the highway for Powdermill Ledges, in Smithfield, RI, but had never followed through to track this open space down. I read that it was the headquarters for RI Audubon Society, so I was glad to finally get there (before the global pandemic, when everything was shut down).  It was an easy drive down Route 295 to Rt 44 west to Rt. 5. We were able to obtain a map from the visitor center, which was helpful.

For now, be sure to go on-line to print out a map prior to your visit (link to map at the link above). 100 acres of land at the wildlife refuge adjacent to Rt. 5 and Route 44 in Smithfield offer some nice variety, wetlands and uplands with views of a small pond. Multiple trails options offer outings that vary in length from a half hour to over an hour in duration.

We were able to follow trail markers that took us on a nice loop trail walk. Winter was still with us, and my guess is the woodland will offer lots more of interest as spring sets in and trees, ground cover, and other plants come back to life. Happy trails, and be safe out there…


Marjorie Turner Hollman is a writer who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionMore Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionEasy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed, and Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. Her memoir, the backstory of Easy Walks, is My Liturgy of Easy Walks: Reclaiming hope in a world turned upside down.

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