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   57. SOUTHERN WOODLANDS RESERVATION

 

Size
234.0 acres

Description
Motorists on the Barnes Road cannot fail to notice the sloping bluffs which rise from the tar, just opposite the Head of the Lagoon Pond.  This escarpment marks the westerly edge of Oak Bluffs' southern woodlands, which stretch as far east as the County Road.   A portion was formerly known to islanders as Webbs Camping Area; the land bank will investigate the feasibility of re-establishing a public campground on the reservation, in its eastern lobe.  Trails here are especially well-suited to cross-country skiing.

Uses
nature study, hiking, picnicking, mountain-biking, horseback-riding, dog-walking (leashing required at all times), hunting (with permission),                                                                                  cross-country skiing, scenic vista, universal access.  

Access            
Park in the trailhead at the Featherstone Farm (property no. 30) and follow map on signboard.

 

Historical Highlights

 

  • Harold Webb bought a portion of the western end of the reservation in 1936; he was a police officer in Tisbury in the 1940s and owned and operated a farm-to-home poultry and egg delivery business for 15 years

 

  • after the poultry business ended due to the rise in poultry farming costs he developed Webb’s Campground; he and his wife owned and operated the campground for 25 years

 


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