Mohegan Bluffs, Block Island, RI - New Shoreham, Rhode Island - Isolated Bluff and Beach off the Coast of Rhode Island Offers Contemplative Setting



Mohegan Bluffs, Block Island, RI, are located off of Southeast Light Road on this island that can be reached by private yacht or ferry from Rhode Island's Point Judith on the Atlantic coast throughout the year.

The bluffs can be reached by car if it is brought to the island by ferry or on moped, walking, driving or bicycling along the road that passes by the 250 step wooden staircase down to the beach below. Parking is extremely limited on the roadside and there are no lots here.

The 150-200 ft. high bluffs stretch for approximately four miles of the island's coastline. This is definitively the most isolated beach in the busy season, particularly in early morning and evening hours. There is pristine white sand with only sand dollars and other sea life washing up as well as some occasional granite boulders along the shore lines. The sharp rise of the bluffs from the beach is a rare sight to see from any of the beaches of New England.

Several picnic tables and benches can be found here as well as garbage receptacles. The beach affords a view of the lighthouse above, a side view of the bluffs stretching further along the coast above the beach, and of course the crashing waves.

The breeze from the Atlantic keeps the beach and the bluffs above cool and pleasant even when it is fairly hot on the other side of the island, which is more frequented by swimmers.

Swimming is allowed in the waters at the Bluff's beaches.

The Southeast Light, sitting atop the Mohegan Bluffs, Block Island, RI, is today a museum that can be entered for a small fee. It was built in 1874 and stands 67 ft. tall. In 1993 the weight of the Lighthouse and the natural erosion on the bluffs forced it to be hydraulically moved back some 350 feet on a rail installed for that purpose to prevent it from sliding down the Bluffs and crashing onto the beach below.

There is no pedestrian beach access from the lighthouse area and scaling the face of the Bluffs is prohibited both due to the danger and in order to maintain the beautiful environment and habitat that they provide for local wildlife.

The Mohegan Bluffs, Block Island, RI beach is not accessible to wheelchairs or people out of shape that are unable to scale the 250 steps back up to the road at the end of their visit. There are no concessions or restrooms on this quiet beach.

The water is very clean although never very warm. For swimmers that must have warm water to bathe in this is not the place to come. However the views here are unique and the sound of the ocean, at full force on this island that is 12 miles out to sea, provides a formidable soundtrack.

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