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Explore the Newest Portions of the Paumanok Path in Eastern Southampton
The gaps in the path are closing. The following parts of the trail can all be walked. Some portions will be refined or changed in the near future. The Paumanok Path is marked by white rectangular blazes. Turns are marked with two blazes the top one is offset in the direction of the turn.
Shinnecock Hills Preserve
The Nature Conservancy: South Fork (631-329-7689) is working with the Group for the South Fork and Southampton Trails Preservation Society to determine how The Paumanok Path can best travel through the Shinnecock Hills Preserve. The Preserve is located southwest of Southampton College just west of Tuckahoe Rd. Head north on St Andrews Rd. W. ½ mile to a small parking area on left.
During the weekend, you can park in the lot on the corner of North Magee Street and Sebonac Road. Spectacular view, over Cow Neck, of the Peconic Bay and Robins Island.
Directions: Montauk Hwy. to light at N. Magee St. (east of
Southampton College), Travel north ¼ mile to parking lot on corner of N. Magee
and Sebonac Rd. at Tuckahoe School in Southampton.
From school parking lot, (off-hours / weekends) across Sebonac Road There is a network of unblazed trails that will someday be part of the Paumanok Path. This is a nice place to wander around and explore. A significant feature of this parcel of land is that the hiker will encounter a large variety of birds. There is a break in the trail here.
Big Woods to Great Hill Road
Head north on Magee Street. Pass Tuckahoe School on your right. Cross over Sebonac Road, continue on North Magee Street until you reach a five–way intersection. Make a right turn onto Millstone Brook Road. After you travel a short distance, you will find on the left side of the road, the Nature Conservancy’s Marguerite Crabbe Greef Wildlife Sanctuary at Big Woods. There is a small parking area at the entrance. If it is full you can park on the other side of the road (not in front of private property, please) or further down the road at the triangle formed by Millstone Brook Road and Scott Road.
The Nature Conservancy appreciates when you call before you visit. Walk through a beautiful beech forest with views of Sebonac Creek, marshes, Big Fresh Pond, Peconic Bay and the North Fork.
A six-mile section of the Paumanok Path from Sebonac Creek to Great Hill Road is now complete. The trail has been disrupted along the Landfill in preparation for the Recreation Center. There is a break in the trail here before you reach Great Hill Road.
Laurel Valley County Park
There is a kiosk on Deerfield Rd. opposite the entrance to North Side Hills (Deerwood Path). It is just south of Noyac Rd. There is room for several cars to park on the shoulder of the road. Hike both the long and short loops. The Southampton Trails Preservation Society has produced an excellent map of the park and they also lead hikes there (631-537-5202). During the winter there are views of Peconic Bay. Explore the gently rolling knob and kettle topography and enjoy a wide variety of plant and animal life. If you have never walked through a laurel woods, this is an experience you should not miss.
The trail passes by a glacial erratic, looks down into a shadow filled kettle. Maybe the origin of this park’s name “Laurel Valley” can be found in these glacial kettles. Much of the understory is carpeted with delicately leafed bracken fern. There are some stands of beech trees and an area where a fox has dug a den into the side of a hill. Enjoy the familiar cry of a hawk and the drumming of a woodpecker. This 148-acre parcel of land is Southampton’s “enchanted forest.”
In addition, you can enter Laurel Valley County Park from the southern most point of Wildwood Rd. on the south side of Noyac Rd. (you can park your car at the end of the road, by the trailhead). Wildwood Rd. is just east of the Morton National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is on the north side of Noyack Rd. At the head of the MNWR parking lot there is a Kiosk with a sign explaining the fee schedule: $2 pedestrian / bicyclist (no bike riding on their trails), $4 private vehicle, $12 yearly rate. There is less than a mile between the Laurel Valley Wildwood Rd. entrance and the Morton NWR. To visit the refuge, head north on Wildwood Rd. after visiting Laurel Valley and then head west on Noyac Rd. There is just under a mile of road walking between the two trailheads.
If you follow the white Paumanok Path blazes Through the County Park to Middle Line Hwy. (asphalt here) you can head left (east), across Millstone Road pass the sand mine on your left and continue east on this dirt boundary road to Brick Kiln Road.
Brick Kiln Road to the Long Pond Greenbelt and Beyond
You can follow the Paumanok Path all the way to Montauk Point from here.
Scenic ponds, chestnut oak forest, knob and kettle
woodlands, and several gorgeous coastal plain ponds.
Directions: Take Noyack Road to Stony Hill Rd. Park where Brick Kiln Rd. bends at the intersection with Stony Hill Road. The entrance to the trail is 100 yards south of the intersection, on Brick Kiln Road. If you head east from here you will cross over Bridgehampton Sagg Harbor Turnpike and enter the Long Pond Greenbelt. When you leave the Long Pond Greenbelt, there is a half-mile road walk. Make a left onto Widow Gavitts Road and a right onto Sagg Road. You will find the continuation of the trail on the left side of the road not far from the corner. Continue east and cross over Old Sagg Harbor Road (Route 114) to the parking area at Edwards Hole Road in East Hampton.
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