Annual Cross-Island Hike
The Land Bank Celebrates National Trails Day — the First Saturday of June
What is the XIH?
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.
The next XIH will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2023.
Details will be posted as the date approaches but in the meantime details of the previous XIHs are printed below
What to Expect
This is not a guided nature walk. Due to the length of the hike, the pace is briskly led. The hike leader marks turnoffs and intersections with colored tape for hikers to follow. About every hour, the hike's leader will pause a few minutes to provide opportunities for slower hikers to catch up. Hikers are encouraged to walk at their individual comfort levels. Most participants opt to walk only a portion of the route. Approximated times and distances for segments of the hike are provided with the map of the route to help people plan how they wish to be part of the hike.
Sturdy shoes, water bottles, insect repellent and sunscreen (or rain gear) are recommended. Well behaved, leashed dogs are welcome.
There is a 30-minute break for lunch where water and restrooms are available. There currently is no food available at the YMCA, so hikers must bring their own. The land bank augments hikers provisions with fruit and water at a 15-minute break in the morning and in the afternoon.
Long hikes always have to cross roadways and frequently require walking alongside some roads for extended stretches. Hikers need to remain alert.
Transportation to and from the hike is the responsibility of the participants. Parking is often very limited at starting and ending points. Please check the VTA bus schedules. Sometimes people are able to arrange rides from the finish point from other hikers, but that is not a given.
Questions about the Cross-Island Hike can be sent to Bill Veno: veno@ mvcommission.org
Below are links to maps from several previous XIHs. 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
List of Previous Hikes
|Year||Start and Finish Points||Miles|
|1993||Lucy Vincent Beach to Bend in the Road Beach||20|
|1994||Katama Beach to Ocean Park||19|
|1995||Menemsha Beach to Vineyard Haven Harbor||27|
|1996||Katama Point to Eastville Point Beach||23|
|1997||West Chop Lighthouse to East Chop Lighthouse||25|
|1998||Edgartown Great Pond to Cedar Tree Neck||19|
|1999||Chilmark Pond to Wilfrid’s Pond||19.7|
|2000||Pecoy Point to Great Rock Bight||21|
|2001||Edgartown Lighthouse to Lambert’s Cove Beach||17.9|
|2002||North Neck to Quenames Beach||20.5|
|2003||Lucy Vincent Beach to Eastville Beach||19.1|
|2004||Bend in the Road Beach to Hillman’s Point||16|
|2005||Hillman’s Point to Long Point||14.5|
|2006||Long Point to Jetty Beach||16.3|
|2007||Jetty Beach to Blackwater Pond||17.6|
|2008||Blackwater Pond to Great Rock Bight||15.2|
|2009||Great Rock Bight to Felix Neck||21|
|2010||Quammox to Quansoo||19|
|2011||Sepiessa Point to Wilfrid’s Pond||14.6|
|2012||Wilfrid’s Pond to Katama Point||18.2|
|2013||Katama Point to Lambert’s Cove Beach||18.6|
|2014||Lambert’s Cove Beach to Chilmark Pond||16.8|
|2015||Chilmark Pond to Pecoy Point||20|
|2016||Pecoy Point to South Beach||21.1|
|2017||South Beach to Menemsha Beach||25|
|2018||Menemsha Beach to Blackwater Pond||17.2|
|2019||Blackwater Pond to State Beach at Big Bridge||16.2|
|2020 & 2021||Canceled due to COVID|
|2022||Big Bridge at State Beach to Long Point||21|