For a Rejuvenating and Relaxing Experience While Visiting Martha’s Vineyard, Take a Hike
The down island towns of Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven draw visitors by the droves. Yet adventurous guests take the road less traveled and head up island. Many have found that the best way to see this tranquil part of the Vineyard is on foot.
Off the beaten path in peaceful Chilmark, Menemsha Hills’s highlights include 211 acres of wondrous woodlands and rocky beach.
Here you can hike to Prospect Hill, 308 feet in elevation. It is the second highest point on the island, behind only Chilmark’s Peaked Hill at 311 feet.
Menemsha Hills offers one of the longest walks on the Vineyards. The reserve’s Harris Trail loops around low lying wetlands peppered with regal red maple, charismatic cinquefoil, and breathtaking black cherry trees. Trek further on
and reach dense bushes and glorious multicolored grasses. Stop and savor the cool breezes blowing from Vineyard Sound.
Take several moments to relish the sensational sight of rocky beaches below and the arresting views of Menemsha Village and the Elizabeth Islands.
In addition to hiking, fishing, picnicking and beaches are part of the reservation’s allure. Allow three hours for a hike through the entire reserve.