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