Hiking With Dogs in Rhode Island
The Best Day Hike You Can Take With Your Dog In Rhode Island
Rodman’s Hollow/Clay Head Nature Trail
Block Island Greenway Trails • New Shoreham
Most day-tripping canine hikers to Block Island arrive on the ferry carless and queue up with their dogs ready for some spirited walking. 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, and to the south are the Mohegan Bluffs.To do both in one day on foot is quite an undertaking so you will be forced to pick a destination. This is not a win-lose proposition by any means - especially since your dog will demand to return to Block Island again.
To reach Mohegan Bluffs, you will cross through Rodman’s Hollow, including miles of trails crafted in the tradition of walking the English country- side. What is your dog interested in? Open fields? Sporty hills? Long vis- tas? A romp on the beach? A swim in a pond? Unique woodlands? TheGreenway here has them all.
Turning north, two miles on the CornNeck Road leads to a trail system known as “The Maze.” These grassy paths are unmarked but well-maintained and a delight for your dog - even when you are lost. 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 easy-going mile along the top of 70-foot bluffs. It may be one of the longest miles you’ve ever stepped with Seaman when you factor in frequent stops for watching crashing waves or charting the prog- ress of a passing vessel.
HIKING TIME: 4-5 hours
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