Blackwater Pond Reservation

Photo by Kelsey Perrett

Another choice parcel on the Cross Town Trail. This is 100 plus acres of prime birding, walking, paddling, easy mountain biking and it’s wheelchair friendly, too.

From the Land Bank’s description:

The Land Bank is drawn to the headwaters of the Island’s various brooks, for many reasons including preservation of streamwater quality. The trickle of water exiting the Homestead Pond here eventually — two miles away — enters the Vineyard Sound at the Lamberts Cove Beach; before it leaves the reservation it passes through the Blackwater Pond, Southern Duarte’s Pond and Northern Duarte’s Pond. The Blackwater Pond itself is an Island rarity: not a single house is perched astride it. Here is peace.

Getting there: Old County Road

For more information, visit the official Land Bank Website. Also, be sure to check out their cool map.