Cape Cod & The Islands

Long Point Wildlife Refuge

West Tisbury

632 acres

Whether you want to body surf in the ocean, splash with the kids in sheltered salt and freshwater ponds, or explore a rare grassland habitat, this spectacular reservation is a favorite escape.

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Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions & Contact Info
  • Facilities & Accessibility
  • Venue Rental
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories

Overview

Long Point Wildlife Refuge—one of the largest publicly accessible properties on Martha’s Vineyard—is all that remains of a broad prairie with scattered woods formed many years after the last ice age. Throughout the 18th century, settlers developed farms, cleared land, hunted and fished in coastal ponds, and harvested hay. In the early 20th century, wealthy seasonal residents established waterfowl hunting clubs. Later, as club membership decreased, three remaining members of the Tisbury Pond Club gave Long Point to The Trustees. Since then, fire suppression, loss of farmland, and regrowth of forests have all worked to change the landscape. Today, the refuge hosts globally rare plants and wildlife uniquely adapted to this dry, acidic landscape, its coastal ponds, and its sandy beach.

Due to very high demand, and to help guests plan their visit, advance passes are required daily. Please be aware that tickets will not be sold onsite. Tickets are released weekly on Wednesday mornings for dates for the following week (Saturday-Friday). Additional tickets will be added day-of if capacity allows.

For any questions, please reach out to islands@thetrustees.org or 978-578-2320

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Ideas for Your Visit

Swim and relax by the water, or follow a two-mile trail that leads through oak forest and savannah. Kayak and standup paddleboard rentals are available daily in July and August; rent a vessel and explore Long Cove Pond on your own self-guided excursion. Please note that there are no lifeguards on duty at Long Point.

Admission & Hours

Admissions
Mid-June to mid-September:
Nonmemember Vehicle: $20 Weekday/$25 Weekend
Trustees Member Vehicle: $8 Weekday/$10 Weekend
Contributing Member and above: Free
Pedestrian/bicyclist $5
Children 15 and under FREE.

Due to very high demand, advance passes are required daily.

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Mid-September to mid-June:
FREE to all.

Hours
Mid-June to mid-September:
Timed Entry & Visit Passes:
For your visit to the beach, please adhere to the time parameters stated on your ticket.

  • 9AM TICKETS: Enter anytime between 9AM-2PM. Morning ticketholders are asked to exit the beach
    parking lot by 2PM

  • 2PM TICKETS: Enter anytime after 2PM. Afternoon ticketholders are asked to exit the beach parking lot
    by 6:45PM

Mid-September to mid-June:
daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of two hours.

PARKING AND ARRIVAL:
You will be asked to provide proof of purchase upon arrival, either by name of customer or presentation of ticket (printed or digital). Please note: while traveling to our property via Waldron’s Bottom Road, exercise extreme caution and do not exceed the posted speed limit of 15 mph. Waldron’s Bottom Road is a single-lane, private residential area, with limited sight distance. Please drive responsibly and watch for pedestrians, children, pets, and bicyclists.

CANCELLATIONS/ REFUNDS FOR PAID TICKETS:
Passes purchased at full, or member discounted rates are non-refundable. Long Point is open rain or shine.

TURNBACK/RETURN FREE MEMBER TICKETS:
New this year. Contributing members and above can turn back free passes ahead of their event by clicking the link below and following the prompts: https://tickets.thetrustees.org/orders

Passes returned on time will be made available for reissue during day of sale release. This link is for turning back free passes only. This will not allow you to rebook your reservation to another date.

DATE/TIME CHANGES:
At this time, we are unable to accommodate requests for change of date.

FAQS:
Will there be restrooms available?
Restrooms will be open. A shower and handwashing station are located near the restrooms.

The date I want to come is sold out online, can I purchase a parking pass when I get there?
Parking passes for Long Point are not sold at the gatehouse. Please purchase a pass online. A number of passes may be released for day of sale. Check the website daily for updates on day of sale purchasing.

Returning this Year:

  • Kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals on Long Cove Pond will be available this season.
  • Limited mobility transport and beach wheelchairs services are again available. Please see parking lot staff to assist with these needs.

Directions & Contact Info

Off Edgartown-West Tisbury Road
Martha’s Vineyard, MA 02575
Telephone: 508.693.7392 (Summer) 508-693-3678 (year-round)
Email: longpoint@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

PLEASE NOTE: Online ticketing for Long Point Wildlife Refuge has ended for the Summer 2020 season. Please use Deep Bottom Road (Off-season) to access to the property. Online parking passes are no longer required to visit, and admission is free in the off-season.

Off-Season directions: Traveling west on Edgartown-West Tisbury Rd., proceed 1.1 mi. beyond the main entrance to the airport. Turn left onto Deep Bottom Rd. and follow for 1.5 mi., always bearing left at forks. Turn right onto Thumb Point Rd. and follow for 1.3 mi. to the off-season parking area (30 cars).

For any questions, please contact us at (508-693-3678), our regional office (508-693-7662, Mon-Thurs), and/or the islands@thetrustees.org.

Winter Season: Traveling west on Edgartown-West Tisbury Rd., proceed 1.1 mi. beyond the main entrance to the airport. Turn left onto Deep Bottom Rd. and follow for 1.5 mi., always bearing left at forks. Turn right onto Thumb Point Rd. and follow for 1.3 mi. to the off-season parking area (30 cars).

Facilities & Accessibility

Accessibility

  • Waterproof beach wheelchair – Inquire at the entry gate.
  • Beach transport service transportation for mobility-impaired and challenged visitors: If you have mobility challenges, we will give you a ride from the parking lot to the main beach front and back. Inquire at the entry gate.

Venue Rental

Long Point Beach Cottage is available for weekly rentals. Click here for more information.

Property Map

To view or download a trail map, click here.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Please be respectful of our neighbors and obey posted speed limits while driving along Waldron’s Bottom Road and Deep Bottom Road. Failure to abide by posted speed limits will result in immediate dismissal from the property.
  • Radios and alcohol are not allowed.
  • Bikes are not permitted along our trails and the beach, please leave bikes at designated parking areas upon entering the property.
  • Due to our special status as a wildlife refuge, dogs, horses, and other pets are not permitted, year-round.
  • Ticks and poison ivy may be abundant along trail edges.
  • Swimming may be hazardous due to rough surf and undertows. There are no lifeguards on duty; swim at your own risk.
  • There are no trash receptacles. Please carry out what you carry in. Trail and beach wheelchairs are available.
  • Seasonal hunting is permitted at this property subject to all state and county laws with authorization of the stewardship manager. Please stay on designated trails and wear bright-colored clothing during hunting seasons. Learn more about hunting on Trustees properties.
  • The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Please read our photo and video policy.
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The Wampanoag, who have been on Martha’s Vineyard for millennia, depended on the land at Long Point for agriculture (corn, mostly), fuel (firewood), fishing, and hunting/gathering. In the 1600s, the first white settlers learned from these traditions and techniques; over a 30-year period in the second half of the 17th century, colonists acquired from the natives all of what is now called Long Point.

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