Located at the base of one of the Block Island lighthouses is Mohegan Bluffs – one of the most scenic landscapes on the Island. The Mohegan Bluffs at the Southeast Light is an incredible place to hike and admire the scenic beauty of Block Island. Not only is the hike along the top of Mohegan Bluffs beautiful but there are steps down to what many consider one of the prettiest Block Island beaches.
The Mohegan Bluffs are just one of the many beautiful areas to enjoy some restorative time in nature on Block Island. Block Island may only be 13 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, but it truly does feel like it’s an entirely different world. In part, it’s because a vast majority of the Island is protected in its pristine natural state in perpetuity.
Thanks to the protected habitats, there’s a slower pace of life out here. What’s more, there’s excellent lodging like our Block Island hotels, where it will feel just like coming home. Like most things on Block Island, you don’t have to travel far from our Block Island hotels to enjoy beautiful places like Mohegan Bluffs. Book a room at one of our stunning Block Island hotels today!
Hike Along the Scenic Mohegan Bluffs
The dramatic clay cliffs, rising sharply from the rocky beach below, are one of the most iconic sights on Block Island. They stand majestically, 200 feet above the coastline below. On a clear day, you can even see all the way to Montauk on Long Island.
The Mohegan Bluffs got their name from a historic battle that is said to take place here. The battle of the Niantic and the Mohegan occurred here in the mid-16th century. During this battle, 40 members of a Mohegan raiding party were driven off the cliffs to their deaths.
The beach at the base of Mohegan Bluffs is rocky but stunningly beautiful. You’ll have to walk down 141 steps to get there (and don’t forget, you have to come back up, too!) – but it offers visitors a beautiful and secluded place to swim and surf.
While you’re out hiking the Mohegan Bluffs, make sure to take the time to visit the Southeast Lighthouse, located at the top of the cliff. The charming red-brick Gothic-style architecture of the lighthouse is unusual and beautiful. It was built in 1874 and today houses a museum and gift shop. You can also climb to the top of the tower for breathtaking ocean vistas.
From this end of the Island, you can also see the first commercial offshore wind farm in the country, the Block Island Wind Farm. The wind turbines are about 4 miles offshore and help supply all the power on Block Island.
You can easily reach the Mohegan Bluffs by bike, as they are less than 2 miles from our Block Island hotels. It’s a popular spot, so if you want to beat the crowds, we recommend heading there earlier in the day.
Stay at the Best Block Island Hotels
Visiting the picturesque Mohegan Bluffs is just one of the many great things to do on Block Island. With beautiful walking trails, bike routes, and beaches to enjoy and plenty of fantastic shops and restaurants to round out the experience, you’ll want for nothing during your time at our Block Island hotels.
We offer a range of accommodations for all types of travelers, including families, couples, friends traveling together, and even our furry companions. Our Block Island hotels are some of the only beachfront lodging properties on the entire Island. We compromise on nothing throughout your stay, ensuring you enjoy all the creature comforts of home and none of the stress that comes with it.
More than anything else, guests staying with us at our Block Island hotels seek restorative downtime away from the busy demands of home. Hop on the Block Island Ferry, and enjoy the best getaway of the year. Book your room with us today!