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    Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Trail

    Block Island, Rhode Island

    Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Trail

    Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Trail Professional Guide

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    "A sandy beach road stretching along the dunes of Block Island’s northernmost tip is the major trail within and adjacent to the 127-acre Block Island National Wildlife Refuge. In addition to the always fascinating sights and sounds of the ocean, this hike includes two points of historical interest: Settlers Rock, where the island’s original inhabitants landed with their cattle in April 1661, and North Lighthouse, the fourth lighthouse on this point, built in 1867.

    Kids will be amazed at the number of birds here: this is an important stopover point for many migratory birds and home to many others, including a number of rare and endangered species."

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    Babylon, NY
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    Nice day trip. Take the ferry from Montauk, great views. Very low vehicle traffic. Makes a good weekend excursion.
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    100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books)
    Jeffrey Romano
    "Block Island, famous for weddings, has long been tamed. Scattered about the island are large hotels and summer homes. Yet, for the seasoned hiker, Block Island offers 28 miles of trails and 17 miles of beaches to explore. In addition, more than 43 percent of the island is permanently protected from development. This 5.9-mile loop around North Light showcases the best of what Block Island has to offer: views of majestic homes, wild expanses of sand, and stunningly beautiful ocean bluffs." Read more
    100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books)
    Jeffrey Romano
    "Block Island, famous for weddings, has long been tamed. Scattered about the island are large hotels and summer homes. Yet, for the seasoned hiker, Block Island offers 28 miles of trails and 17 miles of beaches to explore. In addition, more than 43 percent of the island is permanently protected from development. This 5.9-mile loop around North Light showcases the best of what Block Island has to offer: views of majestic homes, wild expanses of sand, and stunningly beautiful ocean bluffs." Read more
    George and Rhonda Ostertag
    "The north end of Block Island rolls out trails of history and discovery, tracing beach, bluff, and inland habitat. With fair weather and tide, virtually the entire island beach perimeter is open to walking. North Light is the signature landmark of the northern shore. The Bluff Trail provides an elevated vantage on the sculpted shore of Block Island North, while the beach below puts you up close with the eroded cliffs, rock and sand shore, and the gulls that gather there. This particular hike visits all three, with an island taxi ride and low tide making it possible. This hike requires a brisk pace to complete before the last ferry. Diversions are many, and not all of the beach is easy to walk. If you expect that either time or will may run short, focus on a piece of the hike instead. The Clay Head Trail launches you into upland habitat as you skirt the big inland water of Clayhead Swamp. Birders seek songbird in the scrub and waterfowl on the ponds." Read more

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    Minimal
    Elevation Gain
    Out-and-back
    Trail Type
    Easy
    Skill Level
    2 hours
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    Year-round
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