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   18. TRADE WIND FIELDS PRESERVE

Size
71.8 Acres

Description
Here is the classic sandplain grassland habitat, whose survival in this location was just a matter of good fortune: the land was used for decades as a grass-strip airport and the regular mowing and rolling that accompanied that use prevented the land’s succession into woodland. As a result, unusual wildflowers and grasses (bushy rockrose, purple needlegrass, sandplain blue-eyed grass, among others) flourish in this uncommon habitat. A portion of the property continues to be used as an airstrip but landings are few. Pilots are welcome to land here but must receive in advance a permission-to-land slip; details may be obtained by telephoning the land bank office.

Uses
Nature study, hiking, picnicking, mountain-biking, horseback-riding, dog-walking, scenic vista, universal access (difficult terrain).

Directions
Trailhead and bicycle rack located on-site. Start at the intersection of the County, Barnes and Wing Roads. Travel on the County Road toward Edgartown; after 0.5 miles, turn left into trailhead driveway.

Trail / Property Map

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Features

biking hiking picnicing mountain biking horseback ridingdog walking