Exploring Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge On Martha’s Vineyard Belongs On Everyone’s Vineyard Bucket List

Exploring the Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge on Martha’s Vineyard is an eco adventure unlike any other on the Vineyard.

Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge Chappaquiddick Martha's Vineyard Bucket List Things To Do

You’re on a barrier beach on Chappaquiddick that stretches out across hundreds of acres on the eastern shore of Chappy, where you discover incredible beaches, birds of all kinds, and other creations from Mother Nature, as well as a historic lighthouse, and sometimes even a mysterious shipwreck.

Historic Shipwreck Remain On Cape Pogue Lighthouse Tour Martha's Vineyard Bucket List

Cape Pogue is an adventure that can really only be fully explored by four wheel, oversand vehicle. And the best way to do this, is with The Trustees of Reservations, the conservation group that owns and manages the wildlife refuge.

Our own Guinevere Cramer climbs aboard one of The Trustees’ safari trucks to experience this Vineyard Bucket List adventure.

Cape Pogue Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge tours run frequently in-season. The Trustees will even come pick you up at the Chappy ferry to make your adventure easy. It’s a three minute ferry ride across Edgartown Harbor, from downtown Edgartown to the shores of Chappy.

And while you’re on Chappy, you may also want to explore the two other Trustee properties Mytoi Garden and Wasque Point.


The Vineyard Bucket List video series is our growing curated collection of the best and most quintessential experiences on Martha’s Vineyard. Whether it’s your first visit or your 20th, we’ve got a library full of magical discoveries. View the entire Vineyard Bucket List library.

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