The 200-acre Wasque Reservation (pronounced wayce-kwee) is mostly a vast beach. Closing off the south end of Katama Bay, this is where Chappaquiddick used to connect to the mainland. You can fish, sunbathe, take the trail by Swan Pond, walk to the island's southeasternmost tip at Wasque Point, or dip into the surf—use caution, as the currents are strong. Wasque Beach is accessed by a flat boardwalk with benches overlooking the west end of Swan Pond. It's a pretty walk skirting the pond, with ocean views on one side and poles for osprey nests on the other. Atop a bluff is a pine-shaded picnic grove with a spectacular, practically 180-degree panorama. Amenities: toilets. Best for: solitude; sunrise; walking.
Sep 30, 2007
The second day on the Vineyard, we decided to take bikes from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown. Our inn keepers recommended heading to "Chappy" (local lingo for Chappaquiddick)since it is only a very short ferry ride from Edgartown. We took their advise. We had no idea what to expect, but we kept biking. We almost turned back when the roads turned to dirt, but I was able to coax my girlfriend into staying with it. We finally arrived to Wasque where we
were greated by the most beautiful beach we had ever seen. It was toward the end of September and the weather was amazing. Also, because of the timing, we were the only people on the beach for what seemed to be miles. The $3.00 we had to pay to enter the reserve was the best $3.00 I may have ever spent!