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David H. Smith Preserve

Area

Description

A scrub oak shrubland and oak woodlands habitat on coastal sandplain. The property has a .75-mile educational trail on the property, called the Fire Trail. This trail features interpretive displays on the natural history of fire on Martha’s Vineyard, and the role that controlled burning plays in restoring rare natural communities and species.

Visitors can see the effects of fire on oak forest, as well as on wintergreen, sweet fern, blueberries, and huckleberries. Also seen are woodpeckers, neotropical migrant songbirds, bluebirds, quail, and hermit thrush.

Off WT-Edgartown Road, preserve sign and parking are near Oyster Pond Road.

Allowed Activities
Hiking
Good For
Families

Additional Information

Accessibility Description

an easy walk

Dogs

on leash at all times

Hours

Dawn to dusk