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  • June 22, 2023 2 min read

    Oversand vehicles (OSVs) are a popular way to explore the open spaces of Martha's Vineyard. With an OSV permit, you can drive your truck or SUV across the beaches and dunes of the island, accessing areas that are only accessible by foot or by four-wheel drive. There are two main areas where OSVs are allowed on Martha's Vineyard: Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge and Norton Point Beach. Cape Poge is a large, protected area with dunes, forests, and beaches. Norton Point is a long, sandy beach that is popular for swimming, fishing, and birdwatching. To drive an OSV on Martha's Vineyard, you must have a permit. Permits are sold by the Trustees of Reservations, which manages the Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge. Permits are also sold by the Town of Edgartown, which manages Norton Point Beach. Permits are required for all OSVs, including trucks, SUVs, and four-wheel drives. Permits are not required for bicycles or ATVs. Permits are sold online and at the Trustees' regional office in Vineyard Haven. Permits are valid for one year. There are a few restrictions on where OSVs can go on Martha's Vineyard. OSVs are not allowed on certain beaches, such as South Beach and East Beach. OSVs are also not allowed in certain areas of Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, such as the salt marshes and the cranberry bogs. If you are planning to drive an OSV on Martha's Vineyard, be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations. You can find more information on the Trustees of Reservations website. Here are some tips for driving an OSV on Martha's Vineyard: Be aware of your surroundings and drive slowly. Obey all signs and regulations. Stay on designated trails and roads. Do not disturb wildlife. Pack out what you pack in. With a little planning and common sense, you can have a safe and enjoyable experience driving an OSV on Martha's Vineyard.