Block Island

New Shoreham, Rhode Island 02807

Block Island

Block Island Professional Review and Guide

"Here is a ride that offers a rewarding minivacation for Long Islanders, providing at once a superb bicycling tour, travel on deep seas, and a visit to a displaced piece of New England., all in one day. Block Island sits 20 miles east of the eastern tip of Long Island and about 7 miles south of Rhode Island. It measures a mere 4 by 6 miles but provides spectacular seascape views and inviting rural charm on 20 miles or so of gently sloped roadways.

The ride route consists of a basic loop that explores that island's best scenic attractions on the western side facing Block Island Sound; on the southern and eastern parts facing the Atlantic, its main commercial and tourist center at Old Harbor; and an optional leg that runs to the island's sparsely populated north point. All of it can be enjoyed in the five hours or so between ferry trips, including time for lunch, but the north run can be dropped if you want to spend more time in Old Harbor. Things to see: Mohegan Bluffs, Southeast Light, Settler's Rock, North Light, Island Cemetery, Legion Park , New Harbor, Indian Cemetery, Old Harbor."

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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."

"Seven-mile-long Block Island is for beach lovers. While not perfect— it can be crowded and noisy near the Old Harbor—the island still has all the ingredients necessary for an old-fashioned beach vacation. These include 17 miles of beach, windswept dunes, and such picturesque touches as two lighthouses and 250-foot-high bluffs. Other bonuses include 350 freshwater ponds, nature trails, birds, and whitetailed deer. Stroll or bike along the roads in-season, and smell the honeysuckle, bayberries, and blackberries.

Devotees swear Block Island is less expensive and less pretentious than other New England beach areas. This eTrail is one complete vacation written with families in mind. It’s loaded with exciting things to do, family-friendly places to lodge and dine, recommended side trips, local sources of information, and detailed travel directions."

"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."

"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."

"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."

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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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Trail Information

New Shoreham
Nearby City
17
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
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Oct 2018