Manuel F. Correllus State Forest
Martha's Vineyard, MA 02568
State Park: Bike, Birding, Hike, Picnic, RV, Walk
Correllus State Forest occupies over 5,100 acres in the center of Martha’s Vineyard. It was created in 1908 as the “Heath Hen Reserve,” in an attempt to prevent the bird’s extinction. Sadly, the last heath hen (an eastern subspecies of the prairie chicken) was seen in 1932. Today it is managed for passive recreation, mostly hiking and cycling on its 15 miles of bike paths. It is also the focus of one of the largest environmental restoration projects in the country. As part of a cooperative effort, the State Forest is now working to bring back the site’s native ecosystem.