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Doug Rayner Wildlife Sanctuary at Nockum Hill

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This 70-acre nature reserve, named for a well-known Barrington naturalist, sits northwest of Hundred Acre Cove. Its marshes and uplands are considered significant natural areas in Rhode Island as home to endangered bird species and diamondback terrapin. The Barrington Land Conservation Trust holds an easement, and the town has placed ordinances on the property to protect it. Nockum Hill is a historic site in its own right. A large boulder, that sits a few yards from the entrance, pinpoints the spot of one of the first Baptist meetinghouses in America. The first shots of the King Philip's War were fired nearby. You can access the location by taking Warren Avenue in Swansea to George Street. Look for a road by the boulder. You can park by the white entrance gate. Follow a dirt road to the refuge, which includes wide, well-cleared trails that lead to wooded areas and fields of wildflowers and birdboxes. One trail drops to a sandy beach.
George St & Warren Ave, Swansea, MA 02777
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  • Hours: Sunrise to sunset
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