Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge Lewis Trail
The 365 acre parcel of Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge off of Lewis Trail and Rt. 2/112 is referred to as the Lewis Trail unit. Purchased in 2000 and 2003, this parcel of forested uplands is home to pitch and white pines, black and white oaks, blueberry shrubs, sweet fern, and princess pine. Hiking along the trails offer visitors a chance to witness visual reminders of the great ice sheet.
This parcel is contiguous along Lewis Trail with the Town of Charlestown 97 acre Richard Trails property and forms part of a nearly 500 acre parcel of land protected for conservation, wildlife protection, and passive recreation.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service owns an additional 115 acres of land in the Charlestown Moraine at Kettle Pond. Together with Town and State conservation land in this area, a significant conservation area has been protected for wildlife and passive recreation. This conservation land also serves to protect the coastal ponds by providing the ponds with clean water and protection from upstream development.