Cato Commons is a 17-acre natural refuge nestled in the heart of a mid-island neighborhood, situated less than a mile from the High School. In 1930, this property was home to Nantucket Hunting Stables, featuring 32 box stalls, kennels for hounds, a clubhouse, manager’s quarters, and a separate house for the grooms who took care of the horses. In 1937, Rebecca Lanier Trimpi, the acting Master of Hounds at the hunt club, bought the property at public auction. Trimpi led hare hunting trips for summer visitors, which drew horse lovers and hunters to the island. Now, this property serves as an oasis for residents in the area and features several trail loops that visitors can explore. Red cedar trees are abundant on this parcel, and the shrubland habitat is ideal for birdwatching.
There are entrances to the property on either side of Cato Lane which are best accessed on bicycle or on foot.
Land Bank trails are marked by the post shown here.