Farm Pond Preserve

Farm Pond, Fog, Alison Shaw
Photo by Alison Shaw

A peaceful pond view all the way out into Vineyard sound, a field of wildflowers, and trail easements to Trade Winds Preserve and beyond.

From the Landbank’s Page for the Preserve: When Oak Bluffs voters in 1992 purchased land for a new elementary school, they also purchased an abutting 17.5 acres of meadow, pond and wetland to serve as an “outdoor laboratory” for pupils. A conservation easement over this land was awarded to the land bank, which manages it both for student study and for general public enjoyment. A trail connects South Circuit Avenue and the school and then continues past the town wellfield into the Trade Wind Fields Preserve — a superb natural experience only minutes from Oak Bluffs center. Also available for exploration is the 9.7-acre knob of land projecting into the Farm Pond from the Beach Road.

Getting there: If school is not in session you can park at the Oak Bluffs School.

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