Middle Road Sanctuary - Hillside Overlook Trail

Chilmark, Massachusetts

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This route explores a hilly, forested sanctuary, owned by the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation and located just off Middle Road in Chilmark. The destination is an overlook on a steep southeast-facing hillside, where there are views of the Vineyard’s Atlantic coast and a rest bench. From the trailhead, where there is a board with a sketch map of the sanctuary, follow the single-track Red Trail (unsigned) into a mostly white-oak woodland. Martha’s Vineyard, like Cape Cod and Nantucket, is home to the ticks that transmit Lyme disease. A device located just beyond the trailhead and off the trail uses corn to attract deer, which are the tick’s primary hosts.
Walking the Cape and Islands

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Walking the Cape and Islands

by David Weintraub (Menasha Ridge Press)

This route explores a hilly, forested sanctuary, owned by the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation and located just off Middle Road in Chilmark. The destination is an overlook on a steep southeast-facing hillside, where there are views of the Vineyard’s Atlantic coast and a rest bench.

From the trailhead, where there is a board with a sketch map of the sanctuary, follow the single-track Red Trail (unsigned) into a mostly white-oak woodland. Martha’s Vineyard, like Cape Cod and Nantucket, is home to the ticks that transmit Lyme
disease. A device located just beyond the trailhead and off the trail uses corn to attract deer, which are the tick’s primary hosts.

©  David Weintraub/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Chilmark
Distance: 2.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1-2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Middle Road Sanctuary
Local Maps: USGS Tisbury Great Pond
Driving Directions: Directions to Middle Road Sanctuary - Hillside Overlook Trail

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