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America's Most Beautiful Coastal Walks

Clayhead Trail, Block Island

Courtesy of Kate Ryan

Clayhead Trail, Block Island, RI

An interconnected latticework of unmarked coastal pathways sounds like a place to get lost and frustrated. But islanders lavish praise upon “the maze” on Block Island’s Clayhead Trail. Follow the footpath down to the beach for a view over Block Island Sound, then retreat higher up to the bluffs for the same coastal view, only prettier; between the two you’ll spy nesting shorebirds in the wetlands.

Challenge Level: Easy.

Essential Gear: Take a wide-brimmed sailor’s hat, add a breathable crown, and you’ve got a product that will make you look like a local without sweating like one. (Tilley; $76.)

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