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Brookside Ridge Preserve

Stephen R. Crampton Trail

The Stephen R. Crampton Trail crosses the 43-acre Brookside Ridge Preserve and offers a loop walk and connections to many trails on this beautiful wooded property. The trail is dedicated to Steve Crampton, who served as President of Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation from 2006 to 2008 and on the Board of Directors from 2002 to 2008.  Steve led Sheriff’s Meadow through a critical time in its history and was a strong proponent of trails.

Brookside Ridge Preserve comprises land given to Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation by Wendy Gimbel and Douglas Liebhafsky, Stan Panitz, and  Jerome and Carol Kenney, who donated a portion of the property known also as the “Mayhew Preserve.” The Stephen R. Crampton Trail and the Preserve’s other trails offer loop walks through magnificent beech groves, vigorous rambles over glacial ridges, and connections to other conservation lands and ancient ways. 

The creation of the Stephen R. Crampton trail was made possible through a generous grant from Michael Berwind. The trail is open from dawn to dusk.


On Middle Road, travel 0.2 mile up-island into Chilmark from the Chilmark/West Tisbury town line. Turn right at the green Land Bank post and park at the trailhead for Tiasquam Valley Reservation. Walk back out to Middle Road, and head up-island on Middle Road to Sarah Brown Lane, on the left. Follow Land Bank trail signs down Sarah Brown Lane, along edge of Brookside Farm, over the Tiasquam River, and to the Stephen R. Crampton Trail and Brookside Ridge Preserve.

On South Road, travel a short distance up-island from the junction of Quansoo Road. The walk-in entrance to the Stephen R. Crampton Trail will be on the right.

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