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Block Island has lovely trails for walking and hiking

Cooneymus Road Block Island, RI, 02807 Phone: 401-949-5454

Coastal grasslands set on the bluffs above the Atlantic provide habitat for raptors and passerines. Walk from entry on south side of Cooneymus Road near West Side Road intersection.

Including the Greenway Trails, Block Island has about 25 miles of trails of easy to moderate walks. Visit the Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Center at the Block Island Ferry parking lot for maps. The Nature Conservancy at 352 High Street has maps for the Greenway Trails.
Clayhead Trail. Clay Head Preserve covers the Clayhead Bluffs and the northeastern end of Block Island. The trail runs east toward the ocean. After you pass Clay Head Swamp, there's an intersection. Turn right to visit the beach, or left to get up to the bluffs and the Maze. This area is packed with daffodils in May. Directions:Take up Corn Neck Road about 2.6 miles until you come to a post marker on the right side. Turn right onto a dirt road. A parking areas is just ahead.
Fresh Swamp Preserve. Fresh Swamp is an aquifer recharge area and the site of the Town of New Shoreham well fields. Fields and shrub meadow make up the area surrounding the pond. There are knolls that boast some pretty nice views to this innermost part of the island. Directions: Go north on Lakeside Drive for 0.75 miles and watch for a trailhead is on right marked by a stone engraved "Greenway".
Hodge Family Preserve These 25 acres off the west side of Corn Neck Road connect to the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge at the northern portion of the island. Wander dirt trails and meadows, home to many bird species. Near this area you will also find the Labyrinth, located off Corn Neck Road and marked by a wooden stairway. This special place has the most spectacular views of the northwest side of the island. Directions: Travel north on Corn Neck Road 2.9 miles; on your left you will see a sign and parking area for the Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve.
Rodman's Hollow This 230-acre basin has rolling hills and vistas. Hike the long or short loop leading to the Ocean. In the spring you may see the dazzling Shad Bloom. Directions: Walk down off of Cooneymus Road, just after the big Rodman's Hollow sign on the left. About 0.25 miles down on the left, you will see a wooden gate and turnstile marking the trail entrance. There's a long or short loop to take. The trail soon splits. Bear left to traverse the bottom of the Hollow or bear right to the top of a knoll with panoramic views. The trails intersect again to return to the Road. If you turn left and continue down the road, you can access the beach via a trail down the bluff.
Nathan Mott Park & Turnip Farm. This is a hilly hike with great views to the west and south. Many wildflowers make this place very colorful in the spring and summer. Directions:Take Center Road for 0.2 miles west of the entrance to the Block Island State Airport. The trailhead is on the right.
Elizabeth Dickens Trail. This trail is more hidden than the others. It has a beautiful hike on the southwest corner You may walk to run the fields and meadows here before arriving at a steep trail that takes you down to the beach.

Rodman's Hollow

Black Rock Road Block Island (New Shoreham), RI, 02807 Phone: 401-446-2129

This 230-acre glacial outwash basin, located in the southwest part of the island, is considered the birthplace of conservation on Block Island. Walk down Black Rock Road off of Cooneymus Road. About 0.25 miles down on your left, you will see a wooden gate and turnstile marking the trail entrance. Bear left, where the trail splits to traverse the bottom of the Hollow (where you can also access a trail leading to Fresh Pond); bear right to ascend a knoll with a wonderful panoramic vista. The trails intersect again to return to Black Rock Road. If you turn left and continue down the road, you can access the beach via a trail down the bluff.
Directions: Turn onto Walk down off of Cooneymus Road. About 0.25 miles down on the left there is a turnstile at the head of the trail. The trail soon splits. Bear left to traverse the bottom of the Hollow; walk right to ascend a hill with a giant vista.
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Block Island Nature Conservancy

Formed by glaciers nearly 10,000 years ago, Block Island features a diverse array of habitats. Birds stop here while migrating in the spring and fall along the Atlantic Flyway. There are approximately 25 miles of walking and hiking trails on Block Island open to the public, free of charge. See website for overview of trails, directions, and resources.
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North End of Corn Neck Road New Shoreham (Block Island), RI Phone: 401-466-3200

This lighthouse is on the grounds of the National Wildlife Sanctuary, which contains walking and hiking trails. No tower access. Reaching the lighthouse requires walking for about 20 minutes from the parking area on a sandy beach.
Hours: Thursday-Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Tuesday & Wednesday and on rainy days
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Clay Head Preserve

Corn Neck Road Block Island, RI Phone: 401-446-2129

The Clay Head Preserve traverses some of the most spectacular scenery on the eastern seaboard. The trail runs east toward the ocean about one-third of a mile. Soon you will reach an intersection in the trail. If you turn right, you will end up on the beach. Turn left and the trail winds up above the clay bluffs for which this area was named. At the top of the incline, follow the trail along the bluff. Periodically you will see trails on your left heading away from the ocean; this part of Clay Head is known as the maze. These intertwining trails are unmarked and are perfect for hours of wandering when you want to enjoy the outdoors.
Directions: Look for a post marker on the right side of Corn Neck Road about two miles from town. Turn right down the dirt road and drive about one-third mile to a parking area and see the Clay Head sign.
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