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Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown

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Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
Norman Bird Sanctuary is a 325-acre (1.32 km2) bird sanctuary, nature preserve, environmental education center, and museum at 583 Third Beach Road in Middletown, Rhode Island overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

In 1949, the Norman Bird Sanctuary was founded through a bequest in the will of Mabel Norman Cerio. The Sanctuary comprises the largest area of preserved open space in Newport County. There are 325 acres and 7 miles of hiking trails. The refuge contains hay fields, woodlands and ridges overlooking the ocean and ponds. Hanging Rock, a prominent local landmark, is located within the sanctuary overlooking the ocean. There is also a Visitor's Center and gift shop, and a 19th-century barn museum featuring displays about the wildlife for children and adults.
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  • From low key to difficult - there are trails for hiking at all levels. Well marked with signs. Can plan from 1 to 3 hours of hiking. This location offers great views from ponds to the ocean...  more »
  • Went here for an early morning bird-watching hike. Met about 25 people in the parking lot and was led by a wonderfully knowledgable gentleman named Barry. He was incredibly smart when it came to...  more »
  • Fantastic afternoon at Norman 🐦 sanctuary. They had a wonderful program featuring artist's from the Mabel Residency. The grounds are huge and include spectacular views of the ocean.
  • This is a great place to go hiking. What a view in some spots! I have been here only a couple of times but I would definitely recommend it. I will be back soon with my camera to get some bird shots. We saw a couple of ducks mating and an egret. Even though we didn't see many birds we weren't really looking. We were more interested in getting some miles in and there are plenty of trails here to do that. The whole time you are there you can hear the birds singing. It's a mystical little spot with a lot of history. If you're looking to get away from it all this is the spot. They even have picnic tables so pack a lunch and spend the day.
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