In 1908 Manuel F. Correllus State Forest was created as a “Heath Hen Reserve” in an effort to save the bird from extinction. By 1932, the Heath Hen unfortunately became extinct, leaving behind their refuge as a place of recreation in the modern day. The park provides opportunities for activities such as biking, horseback riding, hunting, cross-country skiing, and of course, hiking. Running in Manuel F. Correllus State Forest is on the walking and hiking trails, for a beautiful wooded route. At 5,343 acres, there are lots of possibilities. It’s also one of the more shaded spots on the island for a hot day.
There are 14 miles of trails in the park, combination of paved and unpaved. There are paved bike paths along Edgardtown-West Tisbury Rd. and Barnes Rd. There are also a few miles of bridle paths that are good for running. The park is open from dawn till dusk.