Block Island, RI

Clay Head/“The Maze”

The Nature Conservancy

The labyrinth of nature trails circling about scenic Clay Head are commonly referred to as “The Maze,” and it’s certainly a fun and beautiful place to get lost for a while. Located on 150 acres of conservation easements on the island’s northeast coast, Clay Head Preserve is widely regarded as one of the most scenic locations on the East Coast. It’s also known among birders as a top location to spot migratory songbirds in the fall. The main trail heads out past Clay Head Swamp and Littlefield Farm before reaching an intersection. Take a right to go to the beach, or left takes you high onto the bluffs for incredible views. Sneaky, unmarked side trails will bring you into the heart of The Maze. We’ve mapped out a 2.3 mile loop around the preserve, but we highly recommend adding in some side trails from the maze to extend your run. Great Runs takes no responsibility for your getting lost in the ‘maze’!

Corn Neck Rd. to North Lighthouse Route

Add-On: Continue out Corn Neck Rd., as far as the North Lighthouse. It’s a gorgeous 2  miles from the Clay Head trailhead.

Clay Head Info- Nature Conservancy
Essentials
  • 2.3 mile loop of trails. Add on with interior trails, known as 'the maze'.
  • Clay Head Trailhead
  • You’ll have to drive or take a taxi, but there is parking at the trailhead.