BLOCK ISLAND, RHODE ISLAND
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Last Updated: February 06 , 2024
Length: Block Island Main Loop; 9.6 mile Loop
Block Island North Route; 4.1 miles (0.5 mile hike to North Light House)
Difficulty: Block Island Main Loop; Moderate-Difficult. On-road, very hilly. Not recommended for kids on bikes.
Block Island North Route; Have not checked out this route.
Directions: Starting from Ferry Terminal in New Shoreham.
Block Island has no off-road paths, instead the island has created 2 Bike Routes. The Main Loop travels around the Southern Section of the island and the North Route leads to the Northern Section of the island. Both Bike Routes have marked Stops/Stations along the route. Shoot the QR code on your phone to access minute-long videos at each station that tell you about what you’re seeing or the history of where you’re standing. For more information visit; BIKING BLOCK ISLAND .
Starting from the Visitor Center at Ferry Terminal in New Shoreham [Eastern Side]; After you exit the ferry spot the Visitor Center on your left just before Water St. Here you'll find Maps, restrooms, lockers and other info. This is STOP #1 on the Bike Route. Travel up to Water St where all the shops, hotels and restaurants are located. This area is the busiest section for biking with parked cars and narrow road.
Heading left, South, on-road along Water St you quickly come to a traffic circle. Unfortunately they have not marked the route and the Map is not very route specific. Water St bears left and High St bears right. Stay straight up Spring St past Nichols Park. This will take you past STOP #2 on your right, Abrams Animal Farm after 0.3 miles. Spot a small blue circle on the telephone pole with a QR code in the center. Shoot the QR code on your phone to access minute-long videos at each station that tell you about what you’re seeing or the history of where you’re standing. Again, unfortunately these signs are sometimes hard to spot, especially while biking. After checking out the animals continue up Spring St and quickly come to STOP #3 on your right, Spring House Hotel at 0.4 miles. Great views of the ocean from a grassy hill filled with Adirondack chairs. The narrow road now travels down along the east coast with ocean views. After 1.6 miles come to STOP #4 on your left, South East Lighthouse. Bike racks and Porto-Potty. Check out the brick Light House, along with ocean views above Mohegan Bluffs. Continuing along the Southern End of the Island, heading West, come to STOP #5 on your right, Mohegan Bluffs at 1.8 miles. Here you'll find a set of steep stairs that will take you down to the shoreline. Come to an intersection and bear left along Mohegan Trail. Traveling more inland, 3 miles brings you to the intersection for Lakeside Dr and STOP #6 on your right, Painted Rock. You'll now head North on Lakeside Dr into the interior of the Island. Lots of ponds along this route, including the large Fresh Pond on your left past which you come to an intersection with Center Rd (straight ahead) and Cooneymus Rd (left). Head left and quickly pass by the 1691 Smilin' Through house on your left. Cooneymus Rd bears left heading South before turning right, West. Pass by STOP #7 on your left, Rodman's Hollow (hiking trails) at 4.8 miles. Come to another intersection and head right, North, along West Side Rd. West Side Rd heads back East at 7.2 miles. You'll travel past Island Cemetery on your right and Ball O'brien Park (playground & Porto-Potty) on your left before coming to Ocean Ave at 8.2 miles. The Great Salt Pond is on your left. Across Ocean Ave is STOP #8 Dead Eye Dick's. Places to eat here. Head right, crossing an inlet and come to Beach Ave. Turn left. This brings you to Corn Neck Rd at 8.9 miles.
Note; Left, North, along Corn Neck Rd is part of the North Route. This route contains STOPS #9, 10 & 11. See Below.
Head right, South, on Corn Neck Rd along the Eastern Shore. Come to Ocean Ave again and head left on Dodge St. Lots of shops along this route. This returns you to Water Street, STOP #12. Return to the Visitor Center at Ferry Terminal for a 9.6 mile Loop.
Starting from the Visitor Center at Ferry Terminal in New Shoreham; After you exit the ferry spot the Visitor Center on your left just before Water St. Here you'll find Maps, restrooms, lockers and other info. This is STOP #1 on the Bike Route. Travel up to Water St where all the shops, hotels and restaurants are located. This area is the busiest section for biking with parked cars and narrow road.
Heading right, North, on-road along Water Street, STOP #12, you'll pass by lots of shops. Water St becomes Dodge St bringing you to Corn Neck Rd. Head right along the Eastern Shore. Come to Beach Ave after 0.8 miles.
Note; Left, West, along Beach Rd is part of the Main Loop. See Above. I haven't checked out this route.
Continuing North along Beach Rd you'll quickly pass by STOP #9 on your right, Fred Benson Town Beach, followed by Block Island State Beach. The Great Salt Pond is along your left. Pass by STOP #10, Great Salt Pond; New Harbor at 2.2 miles. You now travel inland, passing by the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge and Hodge Family Wildlife Refuge along your left. Pass by the Sacred Labyrinth on your left at 3.5 miles. Spot a white staircase, not sure if there is a sign. You then travel around Sachem Pond which brings you to Settlers Rock at 4.1 miles. Bike rack. To reach STOP #11, North Lighthouse, it appears your best off leaving your bike here and hiking as the path is all sand. Reach the Lighthouse after 4.6 miles.
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