Block Island has lovely trails for walking and hiking
Cooneymus Road Block Island, RI, 02807 Phone: 401-949-5454
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.
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.
Block Island Nature Conservancy
North End of Corn Neck Road New Shoreham (Block Island), RI Phone: 401-466-3200
Hours: Thursday-Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Tuesday & Wednesday and on rainy days
Clay Head Preserve
Corn Neck Road Block Island, RI Phone: 401-446-2129
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.