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9.0 acres

Located on the down-slope of the Abel’s Hill, this property offers high and long views of the Chilmark Lower Pond and the Atlantic Ocean. A lone, plaintive oak — whose backdrop is the barrier beach’s dune — inhabits the grassy field at pond edge.  The canoe drop is sited near the pond's vortex, providing a wide view for birders. Also owned by the land bank are two stretches of Atlantic Ocean beach; access is via canoe and kayak only, which visitors themselves must supply.  Private beaches are adjacent and signs indicate the limits of public ownership.


Nature study, hiking, picnicking, dog-walking on upland (leashing required April 1 - August 31), dog-walking on barrier beach (off-season only: Labor Day - Memorial Day), fishing, kayaking, swimming (on ocean beach), scenic vista.


Start at the intersection of the South Road and the Meetinghouse Road. Travel 0.8miles in the direction of Aquinnah; preserve is located on left. Be careful to use only the driveway marked by the land bank logo; all others are private.  Parking and access are limited and visitors may have to be turned away; please have an alternate destination in mind if you are planning a trip to this property.  Ocean beaches can be accessed only via canoe and kayak (0.2 miles across the pond); be sure to land only on the marked land bank beaches. 


Historical Highlights

  • the first Mayhew purchase in Chilmark included what is now Chilmark Pond Preserve: this was the “Nashawakemmuck purchase” that included all of the land south of the Middle Line between the West Tisbury town line and Menemsha Pond

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