A Guide to Visiting Block Island’s North Lighthouse

Just as you would assume, the North Lighthouse sits at the northernmost tip of Block Island, a tiny dot of land off the coast of Rhode Island known for natural beauty, coastal shops and beaches. The lighthouse might be considered off the beaten path since it’s farther from the other sights on Block Island, but it’s still quite popular due to its unspoiled beauty and history. North Lighthouse was built in 1829 and is one of the two lighthouses that you can tour on Block Island.

Luckily, we had the family car to navigate the island, so we decided to drive up to the North Lighthouse. Don’t fret if you didn’t bring your car to the island because this trip can be done on bicycles or a rented moped. Although, we would recommend a moped over a bicycle!

Driving in Block Island

Nearly half of Block Island is conserved land, which means the rolling hills and meadows theoretically should stay this beautiful forever. We won’t have to worry about Starbucks or Walmart forcing their way onto this charming island! During your ride, you may run into the occasional stop sign, but the island actually doesn’t have any stop lights. This is one of my favorite things that makes Block Island unique.

Jeepin on Block Island

Block Island is an odd shape as you can see from Jeep’s spare tire cover. Many people have said that Block Island looks like a pork chop and I agree. From the outline, you’ll see that Block Island pinches with a tip at the very top left. That is where we are taking you today!

Mercedes wagon on Block Island north shoreRocky North Shore Beach on Block IslandOcean at North Shore on Block IslandRocks and Sperry Shoes on Block Island Rocky North Shore Beach on Block Island

You can see the North Lighthouse at the very end of this rocky beach.

Dan at North Shore Beach on Block Island North LIghthouse on Block Island from afar

Directions to the North Lighthouse

To get to the North Lighthouse, you will have to drive up Corn Neck Road and pass Sachem Pond on your left, until you reach a small parking lot for the North Lighthouse. You can ride bicycles (although not recommended for beginners) or rent a moped.

From the parking lot, you can step onto the rocky beach and view the North Lighthouse from afar like we did OR you can take the sandy path—about 1/2 mile—all the way up to the lighthouse. If you go out even further, you’ll reach Sandy Point, which is truly the most northern tip of the island.

Be prepared to walk through a fairly long sandy path to get a closer look of this beautiful landmark. Along the path, you’ll see sand dunes, vegetation, wildflowers and ocean views. Next year, we plan to come back and update this post with more pictures of the path. (Sorry for now!)

Itinerary Tips

Most people don’t get to see the North Lighthouse on their first day in Block Island because it’s the opposite direction of the more popular sites, the Southeast Lighthouse and the Mohegan Bluffs, which can be seen on my last post here. However, North Lighthouse can easily be prioritized for your second or third day on the island.

While there is a beach at the North Lighthouse, you cannot swim there due to riptides. Most visitors opt to sunbathe at the official town beach, because of its convenient location, walking distance to the town center and restaurants.

More on Block Island

How to Visit Block Island on a Budget
A Day on Block Island: Mohegan Bluffs and Southeast Lighthouse
A Guide to Visiting Block Island’s North Lighthouse
Kayaking at the Great Salt Pond on Block Island
Where to Find the Prettiest Flowers on Block Island

Celebrating our Anniversary on Block Island

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72 Comments

    • September 21, 2017 / 2:42 pm

      Thank you, Violette! The lighthouse was a serene and beautiful place to visit. Definitely the breath of fresh air we needed 🙂

    • September 21, 2017 / 2:44 pm

      Thanks for the comment Amy Ann. It’s definitely a must-see if you’re in the area!

    • September 21, 2017 / 2:45 pm

      Thank you, love!

  1. September 15, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    Block Island is so beautiful! Haha at that Jeep’s license plate – most interesting one I’ve seen today. JEEPIN. Also, the photos in this post are so pretty, Kim! I especially like the colors in them 🙂

    cabin twenty-four

    • September 21, 2017 / 2:46 pm

      The Jeep was pretty awesome!! Thanks, Eena!

    • September 21, 2017 / 2:47 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Kate!

  2. September 15, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    I love how much exploring you and your hubby do! I hope to go for a few mini road trips in the Fall before the snow starts!

    xoxo
    Rina Samantha
    http://www.andshedressed.com

    • September 21, 2017 / 4:34 pm

      Go for it! I hope you enjoy the road trips! Exploring makes for the best memories. Thanks for reading, Rina!

    • September 21, 2017 / 4:48 pm

      Your photos from Croatia are lovely! I’ve researched the country to visit but decided against it after seeing how many layovers and stops it’d take to get there, hahaha.

    • September 21, 2017 / 4:48 pm

      Thanks Eda!

    • September 21, 2017 / 4:49 pm

      Yeah, I have no idea how Block Island got to be that shape… thanks Audrey!

    • September 21, 2017 / 4:49 pm

      Lighthouses are super fun to visit in New England! Hope you see one someday!

  3. September 15, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    Looks like a fun time! Lately I’ve been trying to find places to travel to and this place looks very relaxing. Might need to plan a trip soon.

    -Anngelik
    http://www.anngelikmarie.com

    • September 21, 2017 / 4:50 pm

      You should! Block Island is the perfect place to relax. Not too commercialized either.

  4. September 16, 2017 / 1:42 am

    The lighthouse is so tiny and cute! I love it. This is such a charming place.

    • September 21, 2017 / 4:51 pm

      There are so many charming places on Block Island! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    • September 21, 2017 / 4:52 pm

      I’m so glad this place is protected because the remoteness is part of its charm! Thanks for the visit!

    • September 21, 2017 / 4:52 pm

      Hope it can help you out, Heather!

  5. September 16, 2017 / 4:52 am

    This is awesome! Your posts have given me such wanderlust for Block Island, Kim! It looks like such a gorgeous place – I love a good lighthouse, too! They’re so scenic!

    I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.com

    • September 21, 2017 / 4:52 pm

      Hopefully someday, you can make it out to New England! I promise that you’d love it!

    • September 21, 2017 / 4:53 pm

      Thanks so much, Rach!

    • September 21, 2017 / 4:53 pm

      Thanks Cindy Elena! We love exploring new places and showing everyone online!

    • September 21, 2017 / 4:53 pm

      Definitely is! This island is so peaceful and quiet. Luckily, it’s close to our home too.

    • September 21, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      I bet New England is similar to the U.K.!

    • September 21, 2017 / 4:55 pm

      Thanks for reading, Andrea!

    • September 21, 2017 / 4:55 pm

      Hope you plan a visit soon! 🙂

    • September 21, 2017 / 4:58 pm

      Thanks Yuka! Dan is the best adventure buddy.

  6. September 16, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    LOVE lighthouses. I think they just have this very cool old school feel to them. Super romantic in a Notebook kind of way haha. It looks like sweater weather though!

    • September 21, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      Totally agree! And unfortunately that day was a sweater weather day, but usually Block Island is super warm and sunny during the summer 😀

  7. September 16, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    I’m always fascinated whenever I see something that’s still standing for over a hundred years! Block Island looks so peaceful. I love how it’s shaped like a little hook (or more like a lobster’s claw??)

    If I ever get a chance to visit the area, I need to make this a go-to place! Glad to see you two having a great time :)!

    https://exquisitely.me

    • September 21, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      At first I didn’t know there was so much history involved with lighthouses! And I love that you compared B.i. to a lobster claw! That sounds fitting since this is a coastal and nautical place!

    • September 21, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      Thanks for reading, Dominique!

    • September 21, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      Thanks Camila! We had quite a relaxing stay!

  8. September 18, 2017 / 5:18 am

    This looks like a lovely place to visit. I love that it’s a protected place too so it should stay the same x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

    • September 21, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      Totally agree 😉

    • September 21, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      The natural vibes are definitely our reason for revisiting the island every year!

  9. September 18, 2017 / 9:15 am

    It is an amazing place, full of nature and makes my feel on peace and relax. I’ve never been there but I think it is a place to get lost.
    Kisses,

    E.
    http://www.withcapitale.com

  10. September 18, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    Such a cute place! As a Maine native I always love a good lighthouse ;). This was such a cute and informative post! I’ll definitely keep it handy if I ever visit there, which is very possible.

    Lovely photos too!
    Julia | juliainbluhm.com

  11. September 19, 2017 / 11:44 am

    I am loving all these travel posts! You seriously make me want to take a mini weekend trip because it looks so beautiful and peaceful x

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net/

  12. September 20, 2017 / 9:37 am

    It looks so incredibly beautiful there! Hope you had fun xx Your photos are gorgeous btw

    findyourownhope.blogspot.com

  13. September 20, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    Block Island looks like the perfect New England getaway! I’ve been to other parts of RI but never this area – will definitely have to make the trip next summer. Loving that rocky shoreline!

    Best,
    Christina
    Looks by Lau

  14. September 20, 2017 / 11:38 pm

    This sounds like an amazing place and I defnitely want to check it out the next time that I am in that area!
    The photos are gorgeous! Thanks for the great post babe!

    xx,
    Cynthia

    http://www.thesirenconfidential.com

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