Close To Home, A World Away
Clay Head Nature Trail,
known as The Maze, offers walkers
unparalleled views along the northeast-
ern shore of the island. Off Corn Neck
Road, its paths meander along the bluffs
before ending at Settlers' Rock.
is a wild and beau-
tiful cleft in the rolling terrain left over
from a melting glacier. Hawks and deer
are among the wildlife that populates the
hollow. Its trails lead to Black Rock.
3. Both lighthouses on the island are open
magnifi cent coastal view. On clear days
it's even possible to glimpse Montauk,
New York, some 20 miles away. At the
end of Corn Neck Road, a walk down
the beach from Settlers' Rock brings
you to the beautiful
Abrams Animal Farm
offers a di-
verse collection of exotic and domestic
animals maintained by Justin Abrams,
whose family owns and operates The
1661 Inn. Visitors to the farm can view
and pet llamas, emus, sheep, donkeys,
goats and more. There are even kan-
garoos, lemurs, and a zedonk (zebra/
Ocean View Pavilion
is a comfort-
able sitting area near Old Harbor that
offers stunning ocean vistas. Maintained
by the Ocean View Foundation, the area
marks the spot where the magnifi cent
Ocean View Hotel once stood. The
Foundation runs environmental educa-
tion programs year round.
crisscross the entire
island. The Greenway is a web of trails
that connects miles of natural habitat
and provides memorable hikes for
visitors. Among many other worthwhile
hikes is the one pictured here, which
winds through the recently conserved
Ray-Durfee land on the West Side.
7. A new Education Center on Weldon's
Way (pictured above), run by
and an offi ce
on High Street housing
provide a wealth of in-
formation about the island's wildlife and
plants, and the island's ongoing efforts
to preserve open spaces. Stop by to
pick up trail maps or bird checklists and
fi nd out about nature walks and other
8. Explore the island
Ponds and Inlets
by renting a kayak or paddleboard (avail-
able at both harbors).
9. There's no better way to see B.I. than by
bicycle. Just last summer the Block Is-
land Tourism Council unveiled a 7.5-mile
Video Bike Tour.
The loop begins
and ends at the Tourist Center off Water
Street in Old Harbor. Just scan the QR
codes on signs along the route to get
the video tour. It includes nine stops
along major sights at the southern end
of the island, plus an option to add
another 8.5 miles of island beauty.
BIMI (Block Island Maritime
runs many sailing and marine
exploration programs from its "offi ces"
in New Harbor (near Dead Eye Dick's
restaurant), which is where you'll fi nd
their popular touch tank and squid dis-
section workshops .
The island has two seal popula-
tions in winter, often visible from the
lawn of Saint Andrew Parish Center
and off Coast Guard Beach. Keep your
distance; they are protected mammals!
The Glass Float Project
become one of the island's most popular
activities in recent years. Find these
grapefruit-sized orbs along beaches and
trails, then register your fi nd at www.
Visit the same site for more information.
Close To Home, A World Away
BIock Island Conservancy Education Center
BIMI building on Ocean Avenue