| 34. GREAT ROCK BIGHT PRESERVE
The park-like quality of this land results from the previous owner’s devotion to it: tall specimen trees, grassy fields, gurgling wetlands, a heart-shaped pond. All of this rolls down to a seaside bluff over a sandy cove; the land bank owns 1300 feet of Vineyard Sound beach here. The ponds host populations of rare clam shrimp, which are the only places where they have been documented on the island. Marl Pond, the easternmost of the property’s chain of ponds, is of special interest; its natural acidity was used to preserve the baskets and hemp ropes of early settlers.
Nature study, hiking, picnicking, mountain-biking (portion), horseback-riding (portion), dog-walking (pets not allowed April 1 - July 1; otherwise welcome before 10:00 am and after 5:00 pm), hunting (with permission), fishing, swimming, scenic vista, universal access (difficult terrain).
Travel 3.8 miles on the North Road after its intersection with the State Road in West Tisbury; turn right at land bank logo and follow signs to trailhead. 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.
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