Getting to Know the Vineyard, One Cross-Island Hike at a Time
Will Sennott
On a trail that cut through the heart of the Vineyard, 120 hikers and six dogs set out Saturday for the 26th annual cross-Island hike. The event is hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank.
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Cross Island Hike Is Calling You
Summer is coming and perhaps you feel you don't really know and understand the Island.
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Cross-Island Hike Is Good for Heart and Soul
Noah Asimow
On Saturday nearly 120 people gathered for the cross-Island hike, a journey of 17 miles that began at Menemsha and ended at Blackwater Pond.
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Cross-Island Hike

This year’s hike, takes place on Saturday, June 2, beginning at 8:15 a.m.

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Cross-Island Hike Saturday
The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank’s annual cross-Island hike turns 25 this year. What better way to celebrate than a 25-mile trek across the Island?
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The Few, the Proud; Cross-Island Hike Tested the Hardiest Souls
Mike Kotsopoulos
The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank celebrated National Trails Day with its 24th annual cross-Island hike on Saturday. This year the route ran from Oak Bluffs to Katama.
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Off the Beaten Path; Cross-Island Hike Is Explorer's Paradise
Derek Schwartz
The 22nd annual cross-Island hike, hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission, brought in record numbers, with over 100 walkers starting at Lambert’s Cove at 8 a.m.
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Land Bank Cross-Island Hike Blazes Trails, Fosters Friendship
Alison L. Mead
They were 48 and one dog strong Saturday morning, gathered at Katama Point, the start of the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank’s annual cross-Island hike. The route would take them through 20 miles of land bank trails, ancient byways, paved roads and some private properties from Katama to Lambert’s Cove Beach.
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Land Bank Hike Traverses Sanctuaries
Kate Brannen

Comfortable shoes selected. Sunblock and bug spray applied. Water packed and muscles stretched.

This was the checklist for the 40 walkers gathered on Jetty Beach in Oak Bluffs early Saturday morning. Ahead was the Cross-Island Walk, a hike sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank, led every year to celebrate National Trails Day and to expose people to the Island's conservation lands and the paths and back roads that connect them.

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Cross-Island Hike: A Long, Winding Trail
Alexander Trowbridge

His feet were sore. His toes and heels threatened to blister. They had taken him across ponds, through wetlands and tall grass, under the cover of pines and oaks, over soft moss and hard asphalt, around the bends, down the valleys and up the hills.

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