The only things that make this hike anything less than excellent are the ticks and the poison ivy. (The same can be said for pretty much every hike on Martha's Vineyard, so if you're hiking anywhere around there, just be vigilant and stay on the trail.) All that aside, this hike boasts one of the nicest beaches and sweetest views on the Vineyard. There is a bog on part of the trail, and it probably stinks sometimes, but we passed it before we realized we were in it, so I guess you can get lucky with that sometimes. The trails are fairly well marked and maintained. Do take care along the beach not to disturb the nesting terns. If you stay close to the waterline, you should be okay, and they seem to have fenced off the most active areas. The Headland Loop is worth going around for the great views of the sound and Elizabeth Islands. We also enjoyed visiting the painted turtle they have housed near the parking area. There is a porta-potty available in the parking lot, and be warned that it's a long dirt road that you'll be on to get there.
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