With more than 47 percent of the island as preserved open space, 28 miles of nature trails and 17 miles of free and gorgeous beaches, there’s no shortage of options to enjoy the island's natural beauty and stunning landscapes. Here are some popular activities you can do outdoors on Block Island:
With 17 miles of pristine coastline, Block Island offers a variety of beautiful beaches. Whether you're looking to relax on the sand, splash in the waves with the littles or take a romantic morning stroll, there's a beach for everyone to enjoy. Check out our handy beaches & parks map that shows the access points of Block Island’s most beautiful beaches as well as 5 of our most popular ‘parks’.
Hiking & Walking Trails
Block Island offers a variety of hiking trails for nature lovers to explore. There are over 28 miles of walking and hiking trails on the island that are open to the public free of charge. These trails provide opportunities to enjoy the island's natural beauty, heritage, and wildlife. Trail maps are available for purchase at the Chamber office in Old Harbor and the Nature Conservancy on High Street.
There’s no better way to see the sights of Block Island than by biking. You can explore the island's diverse terrain, including coastal cliffs, rolling hills, and nature reserves, while enjoying breathtaking views. And, we’ve laid out the perfect route with the Block Island Self-Guided Bike Tour that winds you through some of the island’s most beautiful landscapes and attractions.
Block Island is a haven for birdwatchers, with over 250 species of birds visiting or nesting on the island. You can spot a wide variety of birds in different habitats, including coastal areas, marshes, and woodlands. Clay Head Trail and Rodman's Hollow Trail are recommended spots for birdwatching.
Sailing, Boating and Parasailing
Block Island offers a range of opportunities for boating and sailing enthusiasts. With its two harbors and reputation as a premier boating destination, it's an ideal place to get out on the water. The Great Salt Pond, also known as New Harbor, is located on the west side of the island and features three large marinas, 50 acres of anchorage and more than 100 public moorings.
These are just a few examples of the many outdoor activities you can enjoy on Block Island. The island's natural beauty, diverse landscapes, and abundant wildlife make it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.