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   52. TIASQUAM RIVER RESERVATION

 

Size
109.4 acres

Description
Two streams — the Mill Brook and the Tiasquam River — flow out of Chilmark and unite in West Tisbury to feed the Tisbury Great Pond. In the 1980s and 1990s the land bank made a series of significant investments in the Mill Brook valley, chief among them the Waskosim’s Rock Reservation and the Square Field. By 2000 opportunities were opening up in the Tiasquam valley; Tea Lane Farm resulted, as did the Tiasquam Valley Reservation. The reservation ranges from the river itself, crossed by a simple beam footbridge and including a wildlife blind at pond's edge, up to a ridge some 175 feet above sealevel and oriented out toward Tuckernuck Island. 

Uses
nature study, hiking, picnicking, mountain-biking, horseback-riding, dog-walking (leashing required April 1 - August 31), hunting (with permission), cross-country skiing, farming, scenic vista.

Access
Start on the Middle Road at the Chilmark - West Tisbury town line. Proceed 0.2 miles into Chilmark; driveway is on the right, which leads to the trailhead.

Historical Highlights

 

  • a rock on the third rise north of the Middle Road is engraved with the name of farmer Allen L. Tilton and is dated either 1888 or 1889

 

  • the farm eventually wound up in the hands of Ernest Correllus, who owned it for 43 years, and kept a herd of 45 head mainly consisting of dairy cows. 


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