Clay Head Trail

Block Island, Rhode Island

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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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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Block Island
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round; best spring through fall
Local Maps: USGS Block Island
Driving Directions: Directions to Clay Head Trail

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May 2018