Welcome Center & Trails

  • 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, RI 02842
  • Open daily 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, 

    and the trails are closed for Harvest Fair weekend.
  • Check-in required at the Welcome Center
    before hiking on the trails.

Trail Fees







Students with ID


Children (3-18 yrs)


Under 3


Groups of 8+

Please complete a Special Use Permit Below

Trails & Sanctuary

Our campus covers more than 300 acres of diverse habitats and 7 miles of hiking trails.

Events & Programs

Join us for nature walks, birding programs, concerts, beach parties, and much more.


Join, renew, or give the gift of membership with the Norman Bird Sanctuary.

Trail & Campus Guidelines

  • NO dogs, smoking, drones, horses, bikes, kites, motorized vehicles, jogging, littering, or collecting of any kind.
  • To protect the wildlife and preserve the sensitive habitats, Norman Bird Sanctuary does not allow visitors to bring dogs, cats or other domestic animals on the property.
  • Visitors with disabilities and their service dogs are welcome. Service dogs must be on harness or leash, under the control of their handler, and remain on the trails at all times. Waste must be picked up and removed. Norman Bird Sanctuary’s Universally Accessible Trail meets ADA standards, so visitors with mobility devices can participate fully and have access to nature.
  • Emotional support and therapy animals are not permitted.
  • Visit with your group or club. Groups of 8-15 are welcome to enjoy self-guided walks or birdwatching with an advanced permit. Please submit a Special Use Permit to schedule your visit. No permit is required for trail walks for groups under 8. Learn more about opportunities to rent space for meetings and small events.
  • Commercial photography is by special request only: Norman Bird Sanctuary welcomes wildlife and landscape photography from the trails. Under some circumstances, professional and portrait photography is occasionally permitted through a Photo Permit Process. Please inquire via email to be considered.
  • By utilizing the Norman Bird Sanctuary property or attending our events and programs, you consent to the taking and publication of your photograph and video for marketing/promotional purposes.
  • No beach parking permitted in any of our lots.
  • All trail and campus guidelines apply to both daily visitors and site rental guests.

Special Use Permit

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