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Clay Head Preserve


Located in the northeast part of Block Island, the Clay Head Preserve traverses some of the most spectacular scenery on the eastern seaboard.  A privately-owned 150 acre preserve protected by conservation easements, it is one of the best places to observe migratory songbirds in North America in the fall.  The trail runs east toward the ocean about 1/3 of a mile.  You will pass Clay Head Swamp on your right, with the scenic Littlefield Farm in the background.  Soon you will reach an intersection in the trail.  If you turn right, you will end up on the beach.  Turn left and the trail winds up above the clay bluffs for which this area was named.  At the top of the incline, follow the trail along the bluff.  Periodically you will see trails on your left heading away from the ocean, this part of Clay Head is known as the "maze".  These intertwining trails are unmarked and are perfect for hours of wandering.

Plants
Fruit-bearing shrubs that feed and shelter migrating birds.

Animals
Migrating songbirds, the state endangered yellow-crowned night heron, northern harrier, and barn owl.

Plants
Fruit-bearing shrubs that feed and shelter migrating birds.

Animals
Migrating songbirds, the state endangered yellow-crowned night heron, northern harrier, and barn owl.

Directions

To reach the trail, look for a post marker on the right side of Corn Neck Road, about 2 miles from town. Turn right down the dirt road and go straight a 1/3 mile until you reach a parking area, where you will see the Clay Head sign.

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