Courtesy of Kate Ryan

Clayhead Trail, Block Island, RI

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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.)

America's Most Beautiful Coastal Walks

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.)

Courtesy of Kate Ryan

America's Most Beautiful Coastal Walks

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