Great Rock Bight Preserve

Chilmark, Massachusetts 2552

Great Rock Bight Preserve

Great Rock Bight Preserve Professional Review and Guide

"Finally—a spot on the north shore where you can hike and swim! Great rock Bight Preserve, a recent acquisition by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank, was worth the wait. it offers a universal access, shady, wide, level walking trail with benches where you can stop to admire vistas of Vineyard Sound and the Elizabeth Islands.

A steeper trail leads to a sheltered bay where the “great rock” guards a sandy beach that runs for 1,300 feet beside the calm waters of Vineyard Sound."

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"At first glance, you might think that this preserve is too far out of the way and difficult to access. You also might be put off by the many restrictions on your dog. However, if you and your pooch can time it just right, Great Rock Bight is a true gem.

Dogs are not allowed April 15 through June 14 due to sensitive wildlife; during summer (June 15 through Labor Day) dogs are only allowed on the beach before 10:00 AM and after 5:00 PM.

Special notes: Seasonal archery hunting is allowed on this preserve."

"At just under 30 acres, this preserve boasts three distinct plant communities: black-oak woodland, mesic (damp) woodland, and coastal bank and dune. Also here is a stop along the African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard, marked by a rock with a commemorative plaque.

The preserve’s namesake rock sits just offshore in a cove, or bight, on Vineyard Sound and is visible from an overlook atop a coastal cliff. A network of short, easy trails connects these various points of interest; one trail loops most of the way around Marl Pond, a red maple–tupelo swamp."

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Trail Information

Chilmark
Nearby City
1.5
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
Best Spring through Fall
Season