6. Solviken Preserve
The Block Island Conservancy has spent 40 years preserving the natural spaces of Block Island, acre by acre, and the Solviken Preserve is the latest piece of evidence. It isn’t large – the entire property totals about an acre of land between Harbor Pond and the inset of Crescent Beach – but it’s environmentally sensitive, so Block Island Conservancy partnered with the Block Island Land Trust in order to acquire it in 2012. In the 1950s and early 1960s, the Solviken Restaurant stood here, and for many years prior, the building housed the Negus family and their blacksmith shop. Today, it’s a great place for a picnic, with a nice view of ponds off the back side and the ocean from the front. You’ll find informational signage as well as a water bottle refill station, refillable pet water bowl, and picnic tables.
When you’re ready for something new, simply cross back over Corn Neck Road to one of the three stairways that take you over the dunes onto Crescent Beach.