There are 17 miles of public beaches on Block Island so your dog will get an ocean swim. Crescent Beach, a few pawprints from the ferry landing, is the most convenient but crowded in-season. As the new arrivals fan out from the ferry the beaches offer more room for your dog. One beach that is too small for sun worshippers but ideal for dogs is just south of Old Harbor along Spring Street - as you reach the crest of a hill drop down to the sand in front of a guardrail for great canine swimming along a breakwater in frisky waves.
Block Island rests off the Rhode Island mainland, about an hour ferry ride away. Most daytripping dog owners take the trip without a car and queue up with their dogs ready for some spirited walking on the island. The ferry rate per person is less than $20 round trip and dogs ride free.
Once on the island there are two famous beach bluffs within walking distance: to the north is Clay Head, the one you see on the ferry, and to the south are the Mohegan Bluffs. To do both in one day on foot is quite an undertaking so without transportation you will be forced to decide on a destination. This is not a win-lose proposition by any means - especially since you'll probably vow to return to Block Island again.
If you head for Mohegan Bluffs, you will be using The Greenway, a system of about 12 miles of footpaths crisscrossing the southern half of Block Island in the tradition of walking the English countryside. What is your dog interested in? Open fields? Sporty hills? Long vistas? A romp on the beach? A swim in a pond? Unique woodlands? The Greenway has them all.
Turning north there is only one road to take and setting out for a couple of miles on Corn Neck Road. You will eventually reach a trail system has come to be known as "The Maze." These grassy trails are unmarked but well-maintained and a delight for your dog. You can pop out at a stone wall or one of the best views on the East Coast. The Clay Head Nature Trail runs for about one mile along the top of the 70-foot bluffs. It is easy going but will be one of the longest miles you've ever taken your dog on when you factor in the frequent stops for watching the crashing waves or chartng the progress of a passing vessel.
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