Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Trail

Block Island, Rhode Island

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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.

Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Block Island
Distance: 1.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Local Maps: USGS Block Island
Driving Directions: Directions to Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Trail

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May 2018