Close to 85% of Prudence Island has been protected from development. Properties managed by the Research Reserve, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and the Prudence Conservancy provide the public with access to a number of different coastal habitats from upland maritime forests, to coastal pine barrens, sandy beaches and cobble shorelines to salt marshes and open grasslands. Bird watching, fishing, clamming, and hiking are popular activities at many locations across the island. The paved and dirt roads that criss-cross the island are hiker friendly, and most of the Reserve’s natural areas are accessible to hikers or mountain bikers by a network of single-track trails. An island-wide trail map is available at the Reserve’s Lab & Learning Center (year-round, M-F and summer weekends) for a suggested $1 donation. It’s also available for download below.