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1.
Clay Head Nature Trail,
also
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.
2.
Rodman's Hollow
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
to visitors.
Southeast Lighthouse,
east of
Mohegan Bluffs,
provides a
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
North Light.
4.
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/
donkey).
5.
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.
6.
Walking Trails
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, run by
Block Island Conser-
vancy,
and an offi ce on High Street
housing
The Nature Conservancy,
provide a wealth of information 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 free pro-
grams.
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. The Block Island Tourism Coun-
cil recently 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. Don't forget a helmet!
10.
BIMI (Block Island Maritime
Institute)
runs many marine explora-
tion programs from its "offi ces" in New
Harbor (near Dead Eye Dick's restau-
rant), which is where you'll fi nd their
popular touch tank and squid dissection
workshops .
11.
Seals
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!
12.
The Glass Float Project
has
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.
blockislandinfo.com/glass-fl oat-project.
Visit the same site for more information.
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Seals off Pebbly Beach
Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI) Center
Glass Float
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