*All Season Long* Drive, bike or hike Corn Neck Road all the way to its end and you’ll be rewarded with some of the most beautiful scenery on all of Block Island, including the iconic North Light, Settler’s Rock and Sachem Pond.
Look for Settler’s Rock as you make your way north, and you’ll see a monument inscribed with names of the original English families who settled on the island in 1661. Leave your car or bike in the small parking lot and hike about a half-mile across the beach get to the lighthouse.
Built in 1867, the granite and iron North Light is actually the fourth lighthouse to be constructed on the northern tip of the island. Weather permitting, the lighthouse is home to a museum that is open weekends from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and daily from late June to mid-September. Call (401) 466-3213 for more information and to confirm hours.
Beyond the lighthouse is the Sachem Pond Wildlife Refuge, a haven for gulls, swallows, sparrows and more. With its calm waters, the pond itself is a serene counterpoint to the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean beyond. And speaking of crashing, walk all the way to the northern tip of the island and you can watch as the waves meet each other from side to side. Pretty cool, right?