Little Field Preserve

—Brittany Bowker

One of the Land Bank’s most recent acquisitions are these 25 acres of farmland along State Road in West Tisbury, across from the Polly Hill Arborteum.  Follow the trailsigns carefully, as the preserve is not fully open to the public yet.

From the Land Bank’s description: Roadside farmfields typify the Vineyard and distinguish it from Cape Cod and Nantucket. Such fields happen to cluster in particular along the State Road, on its route from Vineyard Haven to Aquinnah; the stretch in West Tisbury in the vicinity of the Panhandle is a prize example. In 2010 the Land Bank purchased 25 acres here, which included a roadside hayfield, abutting the existing 87-acre Square Field conservation area. In time the property will serve as a trail link between the State and Old Courthouse Roads; in the meantime hikers are asked to honor directional signs, as this preserve is not yet open to the public.

Getting there: The preserve is .4 miles up-Island from the intersection of State Road and North Road.

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