Trade Wind Fields Preserve

Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

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For Vineyard locals, Trade Wind Fields is definitely the doggie hangout. For visitors, it is a great place to bring your dog for an afternoon stroll or a morning jaunt. PLEASE NOTE: the airport is a working airstrip--dogs and people are not allowed on it. As unusual wildflowers and grasses flourish in this uncommon habitat, be careful to respect the protected flora and fauna at Trade Wind Fields. Many might think that taking a walk around an old airstrip sounds rather unexciting, but this classic sandplain grassland habitat and adjacent woodland provide an exceptionally beautiful place to take a hike. Watch for unusual wildflowers and grasses (bushy rockrose, purple needlegrass, sandplain blue-eyed grass, among others) that flourish in this uncommon habitat.
Best Hikes With Dogs Boston & Beyond

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Best Hikes With Dogs Boston & Beyond

by Jenna Ringelheim (The Mountaineers Books)

For Vineyard locals, Trade Wind Fields is definitely the doggie hangout. For visitors, it is a great place to bring your dog for an afternoon stroll or a morning jaunt. PLEASE NOTE: the airport is a working airstrip--dogs and people are not allowed on it. As unusual wildflowers and grasses flourish in this uncommon habitat, be careful to respect the protected flora and fauna at Trade Wind Fields.

Many might think that taking a walk around an old airstrip sounds rather unexciting, but this classic sandplain grassland
habitat and adjacent woodland provide an exceptionally beautiful place to take a hike. Watch for unusual wildflowers and grasses (bushy rockrose, purple needlegrass, sandplain blue-eyed grass, among others) that flourish in this uncommon habitat.

©  Jenna Ringelheim/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Oak Bluffs
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Spring through Fall
Local Contacts: Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission, www.mvlandbank.com
Local Maps: USGS Edgartown
Topo Map: Trade Wind Fields Preserve Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes With Dogs Boston & Beyond Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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