Block Island National Wildlife Refuge
Corn Neck Road, New Shoreham (Block Island)
At the northern tip of Block Island, at the very end of Corn Neck Road, is a 133 acre bird watcher’s paradise. Block Island NWR is a critical stopover point on the Atlantic Coast for dozens of species of birds – some rare or endangered. Besides, a walk along the beach and a visit to the North Lighthouse and interpretive center are well worth your time. From the entrance, walk along the beach. You will see a path fork off to the left. Follow this to the lighthouse. For a shorter hike, turn around here. If you’re up for it, follow the narrow path behind the lighthouse which will loop around to the very tip of the island and bring you back along the same shoreline.
Length: 1.5 miles; about 1 mile if you turn around at the lighthouse
Difficulty: moderately challenging for kids (due to the sandy paths)
Map: none available, but the path is easy to follow
Dogs: to protect the many bird species on the refuge, please leave your dogs at home
You might want to bring: binoculars, bird guides
Notes: Try to visit in the fall to see the many migrating species. There are dangerous riptides along the shore, so no swimming is allowed!
Get directions or follow ours: From the Old Harbor ferry landing, take a right onto Water Street, which turns into Dodge Street. Take your first right onto Corn Neck Road and follow all the way to the end to the entrance to the Block Island NWR. A car, bicycle, or taxi is recommended to reach the entrance, as it is over 4 miles from the ferry landing.