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   42. SHORT COVE PRESERVE

Size
56.2 acres

Description:

As a result of the land bank's acquisition here -- paired with a donation of a conservation restriction made to the Trustees of Reservations many years ago by the neighboring family over its land -- the entirety of the Short Cove of the Tisbury Great Pond has now been conserved.  This cove, a third of a mile long, typifies the subtle and serene nature of the Vineyard's riparian lowlands. Stretching along the shore between it and the Pear Tree Cove is a privately-owned 25-acre sheep pasture, conserved via an agricultural preservation restriction.  Hikers should prepare for a long trek: having commenced at the Tiah's Cove Road trailhead and peregrinated along the pastures, beside the cove, against the great-pond and back once again to the trailhead one will have tallied nearly two miles.                                                                                                                           

 

 

Uses                                                     


nature study, hiking, picknicking, mountain-biking, horseback-riding, dog-walking (leashing required March 1 - August 31except within quarter-mile of trailhead, where it is required year-round), hunting (with permission, for ducks and geese only), cross-country skiing, farming, scenic vista, universal access. 

Access

Start at the intersection of New Lane and the Edgartown Road.  Travel 0.75 miles down New Lane — it changes its name to Tiah’s Cove Road, but just stay on the asphalt throughout — and turn right into the trailhead.

Historical Highlights

  • located at the southeastern tip of “Great Neck” as it was named during the settlement of West Tisbury

 

  • in the late 1800s the land was owned by James and Prudence Look, who is credited as the “founding mother of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital”

 

  • in 1938 the land was purchased by Arnold Fischer, who created Flat Point Farm here

Trail / Property Map

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