The Clay Head Preserve traverses beautiful scenery on Block Island, traversing bird-filled meadows, clay bluffs overlooking the ocean and a bunch of intertwining trails known as the Maze.
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.
North End of Corn Neck RoadNew Shoreham (Block Island), RIPhone: 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
Black Rock RoadBlock Island (New Shoreham), RI, 02807Phone: 401-446-2129
This 230-acre glacial outwash basin is located in the southwest part of the 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. 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.
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.
Block Island has 25 miles of trails of easy-to-moderate walks. Find maps at the
Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Center at the Block Island Ferry. 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 the island. Fresh Swamp Preserve is fields and shrub meadow surrounding a pond. Hodge Family Preserve is 25 acres off Corn Neck Road and connected to the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge. Rodman's Hollow is a basin with rolling hills and vistas. In the spring come see see the dazzling Shad Bloom. Nathan Mott Park and Turnip Farm is a hilly hike with great views to the west and south.