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This 230-acre glacial outwash basin, located in the southwest part of the island, is considered the birthplace of conservation on Block Island. It was preserved through a 30-year partnership between the Block Island Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, the Town of New Shoreham, and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.


This preserve has the largest population of the state endangered bushy rockrose in Rhode Island. The hollow's maritime shrubland ecosystem supports bayberry, shadbush and arrowwood. Visit in early to mid-May to see spectacular shad bloom.


The state-threatened northern harrier feeds and nests here, and the only natural population of  federally-endangered American burying beetle east of the Mississippi lives here.

Block Island Trails & Information: Full color map showing all 28 miles of walking trails. Available at our office on High Street and at the Tourist Information Building in Old Harbor. Price $2 

On This Island: The Block Island Trail and Nature Guide (2nd edition): Co-written by Keith Lang and Scott Comings, the book describes in detail the walking trails on the Island. The second edition features new maps, trail updates and spectacular photos. Learn about each trail’s length, degree of difficulty, and what you might see when you walk. Available at our office on High Street, Island Bound Bookstore, and other Island shops. Price $15.99 

Block Island Wildlife: An Introduction to Familiar Species: This is a laminated 12-panel full-color guide featuring 150 of Block Island’s plants and animals. Available at our office on High Street, Island Bound Bookstore, and other Island shops. Price $5.95

If you would like us to ship any of these items to you, please contact our office at 401-466-2129. Shipping charges will apply.


Walk down Black Rock Road off of Cooneymus Road. About .25 miles down on your left, you will see a wooden gate and turnstile marking the trail entrance. The trail soon splits. Bear left to traverse the bottom of the Hollow (where you can also access a trail leading to Fresh Pond); bear right to ascend a knoll with a wonderful panoramic vista. The trails intersect again to return to Black Rock Road. If you turn left and continue down the road, you can access the beach via a trail down the bluff.


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