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The Land Bank Celebrates National Trails Day- the first Saturday of June                            

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. Usually the hike will include sections along dirt or paved roads, but sometimes may include shorelines, steep grades and sections of overgrown vegetation (possibly including poison ivy). 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 and most participants elect to walk only a portion of the hike's route, using the itinerary times and information provided on this website to plan their personal starting and ending points.        


Welcome hikers!

We regret that the annual Cross-Island Hike that would have been held on June 5, 2021, National Trails Day, has been cancelled a second year due to the COVID pandemic. Although it is expected that a significant portion of people will be vaccinated by the beginning of June, we are taking a cautious approach because the hike has been attracting well over 100 people who are clustered for extended periods throughout the hike. We, too, are disappointed that we will not be celebrating the outdoors with all of you, but that should not prevent us from celebrating individually or in small groups. And remember, every day is a good day for a hike on Martha’s Vineyard!

Below are links to maps from several previous Cross-Island Hikes. For some years, only the morning or afternoon segment is provided. Only hikes and segments not involving any special permissions from landowners have been selected. We hope these will provide ideas for people to explore or redo portions of previous hikes, or to string together their own customized hike of whatever distance. Mapping has changed over the years. The early maps were just notes for land bank staff conducting the hikes. It was not until 2008 that maps were made for participants. People are cautioned to check the current land bank map or the TrailsMV trail app to verify the trail routes as they exist today.

Enjoy the outdoors!


Maps from previous hikes

1998             2008            2012

2002             2009            2017

2003             2010   

2005             2011 



List of previous hikes