Carolina Wildlife Management Area
This 2,375-acre management area contains a variety of vegetation in natural and managed habitats. Mixed deciduous forest, pitch pine forest, a white cedar swamp, and several small wetlands can be found here. The management area abuts the Pawcatuck River to the east, where a canoe campsite is available approximately 1 mile south of the village of Carolina. Diamond Pond, in the western part of the management area, is a diverse wetland complex that has been examined extensively as a University of Rhode Island study site. You may see a variety of wildlife in this area, especially in those sections that have been managed specifically for game species. Ring-necked pheasant, wild turkey, and ruffed goose are present. Nesting songbirds include red-breasted nuthatch, pine warbler, cedar waxwing, and eastern bluebird. Meadow Brook, accessible along Pine Hill Road, and Carolina Trout Pond in the northern part of the management area, are both popular fishing locales that are stocked with brook and rainbow trout.
For more information, contact R.I. DEM, Division of Fish and Wildlife, (401) 789-3094. Maps are available through Field Headquarters at the Great Swamp Management Area, (401) 798-0281.
From I-95, follow Rte. 138 East exit. Turn south onto Rte. 112; follow for 2.5 miles. Turn right onto Pine Hill Road. Proceed 1.6 miles, and turn right into entrance at Meadow Brook Trail, which runs through the center of the management area. Check map for access to ponds at perimeter.
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