The Fire Trail, the only maintained trail in the preserve, is an easy walk. View All
Why You Should Visit
The David H. Smith Preserve represents the largest remaining coastal sandplain habitat left on Martha's Vineyard. The Nature Conservancy has created a three-fourths 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 today in restoring rare natural communities and species.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
In cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, the Conservancy facilitated the protection of the David H. Smith Preserve because it is the largest remaining coastal sandplain habitat left on Martha's Vineyard.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
The Nature Conservancy has retained ownership of the 15-acre parcel to serve as a site for a research facility where it will develop an integrated management and restoration strategy for the protection of this globally rare ecosystem.
Open year round.
What to See: Plants
Visitors can see the effects of fire on pitch pine and oak forest, as well as on wintergreen, sweet fern, blueberries, and huckleberries.
What to See: Animals
Hairy woodpeckers, neotropical migrants, bluebirds, quail and hermit thrush.
All reasonable requests for special accommodations will be made with ample notice.
The Fire Trail, the only maintained trail in the preserve, is an easy walk.
For ferry reservations call (508) 693-9130. If you have any questions while planning your outing, please contact our Boston office at (617) 532-8300.
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