Clay Head Trail

Block Island, Rhode Island

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Hiking the trails at Clay Head will appeal to anyone who appreciates ocean bluffs, beachcombing, and bird-watching. The cliffs known as Clay Head tower 50 to 100 feet over the pounding surf and stretch 2 miles along the northeastern side of the island. If you visit in the fall (especially late September or early October), you will witness flocks of birds stopping here during the peak of migration. More than 100 different species may be present at any time, giving even bird-watching novices a chance to spot a rare variety. Look for barn owls, black-throated warblers, and peregrine falcons.
Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island

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Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island

by Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr (The Mountaineers Books)

Hiking the trails at Clay Head will appeal to anyone who appreciates ocean bluffs, beachcombing, and bird-watching. The cliffs known as Clay Head tower 50 to 100 feet over the pounding surf and stretch 2 miles along the northeastern side of the island.

If you visit in the fall (especially late September or early October), you will witness flocks of birds stopping here during the peak of migration. More than 100 different species may be present at any time, giving even bird-watching novices a chance to spot a rare variety. Look for barn owls, black-throated warblers, and peregrine falcons.

©  Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Block Island
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 180 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: The Nature Conservancy
Local Maps: USGS Block Island
Driving Directions: Directions to Clay Head Trail

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May 2018