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Hoft Farm Preserve




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Why You Should Visit
Located on Martha's Vineyard, this parcel of pitchpine and oak woods, freshwater ponds and scenic open field has some of the most intact and healthy morainal woodlands found anywhere from Long Island to Cape Cod.

Location
West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard

Size
90 acres

Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
The Hoft Farm property offers a unique perspective on the history of Martha’s Vineyard’s natural landscapes and the impact of humans on these landscapes. The 90 acres include a number of parcels of land in various stages of use and recovery.

What the Conservancy Is Doing
A farmhouse on the property is a private residence (not open to the public) is used as a field station to support ecological research and to house burn crews. The burn crews conduct prescribed burns on the islands each spring and fall.

Hoft Farm Trails Map
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Hours
Open year round.

What to See: Plants
Woodland, field and bog plants typical of the moraine.

What to See: Animals
Box turtles, neotropical migrants and cooper's hawks.

Accessibility
All reasonable requests for special accommodations will be made with ample notice.

Trails on land owned by The Nature Conservancy and partner organizations wind through a mix of open fields, pitch pine and dry oak forests. Download a map.

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.

Please note: The Hoft Farm house is a private residence and not open to the public.

Directions

NOTE:
Please park in the 2-3 spots at the end of the tractor barn driveway or in the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank Blackwater Pond large parking lot.

The Hoft Farm house is a private residence and not open to the public.

Directions from Ferry to Hoft Farm Field Station:

BY CAR/ BIKE:

From the Oak Bluffs ferry:
Drive straight down the hill on Lake Road past shops and boat harbor on your right. Continue on this road to Vineyard Haven. You will pass the hospital at a dangerous curve and drive over Lagoon Pond bridge and along the harbor on your right into the “Five Corners” intersection of Vineyard Haven. (3 miles).

The Vineyard Haven ferry intersects this junction as well.

From the Vineyard Haven ferry:
At Five Corners intersection (Post Office &Cumberland Farms on your left) head up the hill, travel through the Main Street intersection and continue on State Road past Cronig’s Market and a number of businesses on your right. You’ll drive by an overlook of Lake Tashmoo and will take the first right at Lower Lambert’s Cove entrance. (4.6 miles from Oak Bluffs and 1.6 miles from Vineyard Haven).

Travel exactly two miles on Lambert’s Cove Road. You will pass black mailboxes numbered 340 & 341on the right, and a large field on the left just prior to the entrance to the Hoft Farm.

After our mailbox #74, turn left at large open entrance along a low stone wall and drive on sandy driveway past an old gate post and through the field. We recently put up a tan colored sign for the Hoft Farm Field Station.

 

BY TAXI:

There will be taxi drivers at the ferry landings in Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven. Tell them to drive to Lower Lambert’s Cove Road, turn right and drive exactly two miles on Lambert’s Cove Road (you will pass a large field on the left just prior to the entrance to the Hoft Farm).

Turn left at low stone wall along large open entrance and drive on sandy road past old gate post and through field toward pond. Road enters woods, keep going straight and follow signs for parking.

If you need further directions, call 508-693-6287 (TNC office) or 508-696-7909 (Hoft Farm).

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