Long Point Wildlife Refuge Trail

Edgemere, Massachusetts

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The 632 acres of this preserve make it one of the largest on the Vineyard. Primarily dedicated to the protection of wildlife, only part of the preserve is open to the public. The pine-oak forest opens to one of the best remaining examples of rare coastal sand plains grasslands that stretches to magnificent dunes lining the Atlantic shoreline. From the edge of the woods, long, narrow ponds alternate with fingers of land to create a mix of fresh and brackish waters, salt marsh, and ocean shore. Tisbury Great Pond, with its exquisite white sand beach, is lovely, but requires water shoes for wading because of shell fragments. Salt spray roses add dashes of pink to the waving grasses and a fragrant scent to the salty air. They attract butterflies and moths of many kinds. Little red-bellied snakes search the ground for earthworms or slugs, and harriers and red-tailed hawks hunt during the day.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Cape Cod

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Cape Cod

by Cheryl Johnson Huban and Pamela VanDrimlen (Falcon Guides)

The 632 acres of this preserve make it one of the largest on the Vineyard. Primarily dedicated to the protection of wildlife, only part of the preserve is open to the public. The pine-oak forest opens to one of the best remaining examples of rare coastal sand plains grasslands that stretches to magnificent dunes lining the Atlantic shoreline. From the edge of the woods, long, narrow ponds alternate with fingers of land to create a mix of fresh and brackish waters, salt marsh, and ocean shore.

Tisbury Great Pond, with its exquisite white sand beach, is lovely, but requires water shoes for wading because of shell fragments. Salt spray roses add dashes of pink to the waving grasses and a fragrant scent to the salty air. They attract butterflies and moths of many kinds. Little red-bellied snakes search the ground for earthworms or slugs, and harriers and red-tailed hawks hunt during the day.

©  Cheryl Johnson Huban and Pamela VanDrimlen/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Edgemere
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: All seasons
Local Contacts: Long Point Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: USGS Tisbury Great Pond
Driving Directions: Directions to Long Point Wildlife Refuge Trail

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