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    Clay Head Trail

    Block Island, Rhode Island

    Clay Head Trail

    Clay Head Trail Professional Guide

    Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

    "A breathtaking hike along clay bluffs high above the ocean. Offering sweeping vistas over dramatic plunges to the ocean below, the Clay Head Trail boasts some of the most beautiful views of any hike in Rhode Island.

    There are plenty of lookout points from which to take in the rolling waves, rock outcroppings, and occasional passing vessels in Block Island Sound below. Located on a privately owned 120-acre preserve, the area around the trail is home to a variety of nesting birds and in autumn plays host to migratory songbirds. Jutting off the main trail away from the ocean is a series of well-maintained but unmarked interconnecting grass trails known as “the maze.” Exploring these trails could add an extra mile or more to your hike."

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    Best Hikes With Dogs Boston & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
    Jenna Ringelheim
    "This spectacular hike rambles above the Atlantic Ocean along clay bluffs that offer some of the most dramatic views of any hike on Block Island. With plenty of lookout points along the way, you and your dog will enjoy feeling the mist on your face and the smell of saltwater in the air. Heading east from the trailhead, the path meanders along, lined with large sycamore maples and a smattering of beach rose bushes on its way down to the ocean. Before reaching the beach, make a quick stop at Clay Head Swamp, where your dog might enjoy a quick drink on a hot day." Read more
    Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr
    "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." Read more

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    Trail Type
    Skill Level
    1.5 hours
    Year-round; best spring through fall
    USGS Block Island
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