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The Land Bank Celebrates National Trails Day


In 2014 National Trails Day will be celebrated on Saturday, June 7.

What is the Cross-Island Hike?

Each year since 1993, the land bank has observed National Trails Day – the first Saturday of June – by conducting a day-long hike across the island to expose people to the network of trails that connect the island’s many conservation lands and public properties.  Hikes sometimes include stretches across private properties with the generous permission of the owners for the day of the hike only.  This is a day-long, guided hike that differs each year and is ordinarily less than 20 miles in length.  Usually it will include sections along dirt or paved roads, but sometimes may also include shorelines, steep grades and sections of overgrown vegetation (possibly including poison ivy).

Details as to the 2014 Hike will be posted here in May of 2014.  The 2013 Hike began at Katama Point in Edgartown and ended at Lamberts Cove in West Tisbury; photos courtesy of Max Skjoldebrand:





The 2013 itinerary is printed below, as a guide to the general format which will be used in 2014:


+ 2013 Hike Itinerary (click here to reveal or hide these details)


Full Hike Route

Morning Hike Route

Afternoon Hike Route


2013 Hike Details and Logistics

The pace of the hike is brisk.  Since not all participants have the same pace and hikers can get separated, colored tape is used to mark changes in the route’s direction.  Even if you are following some other hikers, be alert for these markers, especially where trails fork or intersect with roads.  A member of the land bank staff trails behind the slower hikers and, in addition, the hike’s leader pauses periodically to re-group.  Nevertheless, please respect your physical capabilities.  Most participants select only a portion of the hike’s itinerary to walk, using the Itinerary times and information in the Hike Itinerary section to plan personal starting and ending points.

Wear sturdy shoes, bring sunscreen (or rain gear), insect repellent and sufficient water.

Well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome unless otherwise noted because of conservation restrictions.

  + Difficulty (click here to reveal or hide these details)

+ Safety (click here to reveal or hide these details)

+ Rest Breaks (click here to reveal or hide these details)

+ Transportation and Parking (click here to reveal or hide these details)