Fodor's Expert Review Rodman's Hollow
This easy-to-find nature preserve is many people's first point of contact with the island's Greenway Trail system. The main trail runs south about 1 mile to clay bluffs with great ocean views, from which a winding path descends to the rocky beach below. Side trails cross the 50-acre hollow, offering longer hikes and the allure of getting mildly lost. The striking if muted natural beauty makes it easy to understand why, 40 years ago, this was the property that first awoke the local land conservation movement, now close to achieving its goal of preserving half the island. Geology buffs will appreciate this fine example of a glacial outwash basin. Nature lovers may enjoy looking for the Block Island meadow vole (field mouse), the northern harrier (an endangered raptor species), and the state insect, the (equally imperiled) American burying beetle. A small parking lot sits just south of Cooneymus Road near a stone marker.