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Broad Marsh Conservation Area

Surround yourself with bird-filled salt marshes at Broad Marsh Conservation Area, a sweep of protected wetlands in Wareham. This Buzzards Bay Coalition property is accessible only by canoe or kayak, providing a unique adventure for paddlers.

West Chop Woods

Walk peaceful trails beneath a bird-filled canopy in West Chop Woods, a coastal forest on the north shore of Martha’s Vineyard. Owned by the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation, these pitch pine woods offer a great place to get away in nature just a short walk or bike from the bustle of downtown Vineyard Haven.

Moshup Beach

Walk a stunning piece of Martha’s Vineyard’s northwest coast beneath the Gay Head Cliffs on the shores of Moshup Beach, also known as Aquinnah Public Beach. Surrounded by the sound of crashing waves, you’ll find a perfect summer beach day or ample year-round exploration on this secluded coast, jointly protected by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission and the town of Aquinnah.

Aquinnah Headlands Preserve

Take in some of the most breathtaking views on Martha’s Vineyard from the Aquinnah Headlands Preserve, located above and around the Gay Head Cliffs. Gently sloping trails lead you through coastal thicket above the cliffs and to the beach below, providing stunning views of the iconic Gay Head Lighthouse. This property is jointly protected by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission, Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation, and the town of Aquinnah.

Take in scenic water and woodland views around the seven ponds of Hartley Reservoir Wildlife Management Area in Rochester. This state-owned preserve is a hotspot for outdoor recreation, from fishing and boating to hiking and biking, as well as a fantastic place to spot birds, turtles, and other wildlife.  

Westport Woods Conservation Park

Hike or picnic, explore freshwater wetlands, bird-watch or just watch the clouds pass by: there’s something for everyone in the fields and forests of Westport Woods Conservation Park! The Westport Land Conservation Trust renovated this former summer camp into a family-friendly preserve, saving an iconic piece of Westport landscape for all to enjoy.

Weepecket Islands

Discover island adventures on the untamed shores of the Weepecket Islands! The Naushon Island Trust permits public access to the beach on the largest of these three islands, where you can enjoy unrivaled coastal solitude on the clear waters of outer Buzzards Bay. 

Bull Island

Take a peaceful picnic or just stretch your legs on Bull Island, nestled inside Naushon’s Hadley Harbor. The Naushon Island Trust grants access to the privately owned island, providing a perfect mini-adventure for boaters stopping into this Elizabeth Islands outpost.

Wickets Island

Local boaters and paddlers know Wickets Island as one of the best places to stop off during on-the-water exploration around Onset Bay. Take a trip to this tree-covered island to enjoy a day of swimming, shellfishing, and beachcombing, ending with one of the best sunsets around. Owned by the Buzzards Bay Coalition, this island will serve as the centerpiece of the developing Onset Bay Center.

Munro Preserve

Catch a sunset or just breathe in the fresh air at picturesque Munro Preserve, a flower-filled park on Mattapoisett Harbor. This Mattapoisett Land Trust property is a lovely spot to relax on a bench or dangle your feet in the water as you soak in the sights of Mattapoisett Harbor and Buzzards Bay.