Why You Should Visit
The Preserve features a mix of (mostly hilly) pitch pine and oak woodlands, open fields, a small pond, and a small shrub swamp. The property sits on the Martha’s Vineyard moraine, meaning that its topography is hillier and more varied than that of most of our other Islands preserves making it a rewarding place to explore. It abuts other protected land holdings and provides some of the best hiking on the Vineyard.
West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
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. This tract was acquired largely because of the presence of a farm house, which was promptly expanded and renovated into the present-day Hoft Farm Field Station. The farm house overlooks Blackwater and Duarte’s Ponds, artificial impoundments on Blackwater Brook.
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 who conduct prescribed burns on the islands.
Hoft Farm Trails Map
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What to See:
Trails on land owned by The Nature Conservancy and partner organizations wind through a mix of open fields, pitch pine and dry oak forests. Depending on the time of year you visit you may see woodland, field and bog plants typical of the moraine as well as box turtles, neotropical migrant birds and cooper's hawks.
Please read our complete list of preserve use policies.
- Preserve open daily from dawn to dusk
- Foot traffic only
- Groups larger than 10 people are asked to coordinate their visit with our Islands Office at 508-693-6287.
- Please stay on the trail
- No collecting of plants or animals or metal detecting.
- Carry out all litter
- No fires, smoking or camping
- All reasonable requests for special accommodations will be made with ample notice.
- If you have any questions while planning your outing, please contact our Islands office at (508-693-6287.
Directions from Ferry to Hoft Farm Field Station (for ferry reservations call (508) 693-9130):
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. A tan colored sign indicates the Hoft Farm Field Station.
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).