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Blackwater Pond Reservation

Savor the serenity to be found in the woods and along the shore of this strand of ponds that empty into Blackwater Brook. Whether you want to fish, walk the trails, go for a paddle, or simply sit on a bench and drink in the peacefulness, this Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission property delivers.

The Brickyard

Explore the remnants of a 19th century industrial site perched on the rocky shores of Vineyard Sound. Journeying to the site is an adventure that necessarily begins at the neighboring Menemsha Hills preserve, walking over wooded hills, past marshes and an imposing sandy bluff, to reach this historic location managed by The Trustees.

Great Rock Bight Preserve

Discover one of Martha’s Vineyard’s better-kept secrets—a set of wide, graceful trails that wind through open meadows and woodlands to a sandy beach as well as looping around upland ponds. This property managed by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission also serves as the first stop on the Martha’s Vineyard African American Heritage Trail.

In the summer of 1992, a small group of citizens began gathering data on water quality in Buzzards Bay, seeking to understand the alarming changes taking place in harbors and salt marshes from Westport to Woods Hole.