Leisure

Nature Walks on Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard may be well-known for its beaches and quaint villages, but much of the island is undeveloped or old pasture land that is slowly being reclaimed by nature. There's plenty of scenic land to explore No visit to our Martha's Vineyard boutique hotels would be complete without a nature walk through one of the area's many land preserves. With water views, sweeping sand beaches, and marshes, enjoy the scenery of the island on these nature walks on Martha's Vineyard.

Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank | 167 Main St, Edgartown | (508) 627-7141

This land conservation organization maintains 3,100 acres of protected land on the island. With over 70 properties around the island, there's plenty of places to hike, bike, and even horseback ride. From Aquinnah Headlands Preserve, home to Martha's Vineyard's famed Gay Head Cliffs, to the grasslands surrounding Tisbury Great Pond, Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank properties are great places to explore.

Sheriff’s Meadow | 57 David Ave, Vineyard Haven | (508) 693-5207

This land trust has over 20 properties around Martha's Vineyard open for nature walks. We love the solitude of West Chop Woods' trails, an old cart path connecting Vineyard Haven and the nearby lighthouse. Or visit Caroline Tuthill Preserve, over 150 acres with trails through forest, marshland, and beach overlooking the Sengkontacket Pond. Mountain bikers will love the miles of single track trail here.

Mass Audubon’s Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary | 100 Felix Neck Dr, Edgartown | (508) 627-4850

Felix Neck is the perfect place for kayaking through Sengkontacket Pond, hiking some of the 4 miles of trails, or exploring the butterfly gardens. Kids will love the Discovery Room, with live animals and marine touch tanks, and special guided kayak tours are available several days a week.