*All season long* Here’s a beautiful, secluded spot to take in the peace and quiet of nature on the northeast part of the island. The Maze and Clayhead Preserve, protected by the Nature Conservancy, is an expansive parcel of 190 acres where you can view some of the most spectacular scenery on the island.
About a third of a mile in, you’ll come to an intersection. Go right and you’ll get to a beautiful sandy beach that’s off the beaten path enough to be almost deserted. Turn left and you’ll walk along picturesque bluffs and take in gorgeous vistas all around. At the top of the trail is what locals call “the maze”, a series of interconnected, unmarked paths where you can wander to your heart’s content. During the fall, the maze is said to be one of the best spots in North America to catch a view of migratory songbirds.
To reach the trail, look for a post marker on the right side of Corn Neck Road, about 3 miles from town and across from a big yellow farm house. Turn right down the dirt road and go straight for one-third of a mile until you reach a parking area. If you travel by bike, leave it at the rack at the trailhead and head in on foot. For more information on other Nature Conservancy properties on Block Island, visit www.nature.org.