Long Point Wildlife Refuge

West Tisbury, Massachusetts

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“No gain without pain” or “seek and ye shall finally find” describes an excursion to Long Point Wildlife refuge, one of my favorite places on Martha’s Vineyard. you can walk for miles along the coast and jump the waves, swim in the calm waters of Long Cove Pond, and explore the refuge’s tranquil trails around the ponds and cove. or you can hunt for blue-claw crabs and take a kayak tour in Tisbury Great Pond. Note the vegetation that has adapted to this harsh ocean front environment. Don’t get near the omnipresent poison ivy, which thrives in sunny arid areas. Near the dunes you’ll find beach pea sprawled on the sand. In spring this ground-hugging plant produces a purple flower that turns into a pea pod in summer. In autumn, seaside goldenrod decorates the dunes with bright yellow flowers. Dusty miller is a bluish-gray plant with lacy leaves. Its dusty covering conserves water so that it can survive hot sunny summers. Be careful not to walk on the beach grass, which is essential for maintaining the fragile dunes. The grass preserves moisture in its long blades by curling inward to avoid the sun’s drying rays.

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"“No gain without pain” or “seek and ye shall finally find” describes an excursion to Long Point Wildlife refuge, one of my favorite places on Martha’s Vineyard. you can walk for miles along the coast and jump the waves, swim in the calm waters of Long Cove Pond, and explore the refuge’s tranquil trails around the ponds and cove. or you can hunt for blue-claw crabs and take a kayak tour in Tisbury Great Pond.

Note the vegetation that has adapted to this harsh ocean front environment. Don’t get near the omnipresent poison ivy, which thrives in sunny arid areas. Near the dunes you’ll find beach pea sprawled on the sand. In spring this ground-hugging plant produces a purple flower that turns into a pea pod in summer. In autumn, seaside goldenrod decorates the dunes with bright yellow flowers. Dusty miller is a bluish-gray plant with lacy leaves. Its dusty covering conserves water so that it can survive hot sunny summers. Be careful not to walk on the beach grass, which is essential for maintaining the fragile dunes. The grass preserves moisture in its long blades by curling inward to avoid the sun’s drying rays."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: West Tisbury
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Long Point Wildlife Refuge

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May 2018