Southampton Trails Preservation Society
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We Are A 501(C)(3) Not For Profit

P.O. Box 1171
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Southampton Trails Preservation Society Celebrates
30 Years, 300 Miles Of Trails
Read all about it in The Southampton Press
FACT: There are over 290 miles of trails within Southampton Town.  It's a daunting task to keep them all clear and open for you, and
we do our very best!  

Every Thursday morning we work on one of the trails, camaraderie and jokes are abundant.  Usually delicious home baked cookies
reward those who show up.  We welcome anyone who would like to help maintain our wonderful trail system.
STPS, a volunteer not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to protecting historic trails, preserving greenbelts and open
space, and creating new trail systems. Horses on Trails (HOT), a division of STPS encourages recreational horseback trail
riding. We offer free guided hikes, rides and kayak trips throughout Southampton and along the Paumanok Path.  All Are
Welcome. Please join us!

2016 Calendar of Special Events (our regular calendar can be found Here)

April 30- Literary Tour of Sag Harbor.  9AM-11AM. Walking tour. Explore Sag Harbor's unique literary history from James
F. Cooper to John Steinbeck. Meet at Whaling Museum on Main St. Leader: STPS Events Chair, Tony Garro, 631-725-5861.

May 7-Gardeners & Homeowners Alert: Disappearing Pines, Spruces And Hemlocks cosponsored by The Rogers
Memorial library and STPS. 10:15AM-11:15AM.
Speaker: John Wernet, Supervising Forester, NYS Department of
Environmental Conservation. Thousands of our native pines, hemlocks and spruces are disappearing, having fallen prey to
the ravages of the Southern pine beetle, a forest pest the size of a grain of rice. John will give an in-depth look at this current
epidemic, including its range, identifying characteristics, and possible mitigating actions. Reservations are appreciated.
Register at or call 631-283-0774 x 523.

May 15 – MAY DAY PADDLE: Signs of Spring on the Peconic River. 9AM – 1PM.  Join wildlife biologist Mike Bottini on
this 5 mile nature paddle along the most scenic portion of Long Island's longest river, the Peconic, from Connecticut Avenue
to Mill Road. Along the way we'll also be looking for signs of River Otters, which made a big comeback on eastern Long
Island in the past two years. Bring a snack. Paddlecraft rentals available through Mike (e-mail or call 631-
267-5228): canoe ($60); single kayak ($40); tandem kayak ($60); SUP ($50). Includes lifejacket.  Meet at Connecticut
Avenue access. Rte. 24 west, left on River Road, left on CT. Ave. (p.47 of Mike's Paddling Guide).

May 28 – Inaugural Bay to Ocean Hike. Meet at Long Wharf in Sag Harbor with lunch at Peters Pond Beach, Sagaponack.
10AM-2PM (return shuttle). Leaders: Sagaponack Mayor Don Louchheim and STPS Founding members Pingree Louchheim
and Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.  

June 11-30 Year Anniversary Celebration at Parrish Memorial Hall, Herrick Road, Southampton. $25/person. 5PM-8PM.
Join us to celebrate 3 decades of trail fun with nearly 300 miles of public trails preserved! For info: 631-283-0071.

June 11-Whaling! Truth more exciting than fiction. The ships, the men, the frenzy in the most over the top era of American
economic history. Meet at the windmill on the Long Wharf, Sag Harbor. Leader: STPS Events Chair, Tony  Garro, 631-725-

June 18 –Children’s Introduction to Trails co-sponsored by SoFo and FLPG. 10:30AM-Noon. An easy hike around
Vineyard Field with views of ponds, grasslands. Nice hike for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Visit the museum afterwards for
refreshments. Leader: STPS Secretary, Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.

July 2 – Patriotic Tour of Sag Harbor. 9AM-11AM. Battle sites, military heroes; and birth of the Stars and Stripes? Meet at
the windmill on Long Wharf. Leader: STPS Events Chair, Tony Garro, 631-725-5861.

July 7 – The Rogers Memorial Library & Southampton Trails Preservation Society invite you to a Visit with Tim
Hayes Author of Riding Home: The Power of Horses to Heal.
5:30PM at the Morris Meeting Room, Rogers Memorial
Library, 91 Coopers Farm Road, Southampton. Riding Home is a book about the joy, wonders, self-awareness and peace of
mind that can come from a horse/human relationship. Mr. Hayes has made “natural horsemanship” his life’s work. Register at or call 631-283-0774, ext. 523.

August 6 – Kayak Beautiful, Serene Scallop Pond. 10AM-Noon. Meet on Scallop Pond Road off Scott Road,
Southampton. BYO Kayak, paddle and life jacket. Life jackets are mandatory. Leader: STPS President, Marilyn Kirkbright.

September 18 – Presentation on the History of Mulvihill Preserve by Sally Spanburgh, Chairperson, Landmarks &
Historic Districts Board Town of Southampton. 1PM.
Meet at the Mulvihill farmhouse, 820 Brick Kiln Road, Sag Harbor
to learn its history as well as the property’s including how that information was discovered. A tour of the home will follow and
a small exhibit of the home and property’s history will also be on display. An optional 1.5 mile hike through the property will
follow led by Southampton Town Planning Director, David Wilcox. For info: 631-283-0071.

October 22 – Inaugural Bay to Bay Hike. Meet at Head of Lots Road in East Quogue. 10AM-2PM. Leaders: STPS Board
Members, Jim Crawford, 631-481-6228 and Liz Karpin, 631-728-6492.

November 12 - Hamlet to Hamlet Hike.  Elliston Park, Southampton to Mashashimuet Park, Sag Harbor.
18.2 miles with 5 mile interval hikes and refreshments. 9AM-4PM. Leaders: STPS President, Marilyn Kirkbright, 631-726-
7503 and STPS Board Member, Liz Karpin, 516-320-0761.

December – Hike the Entire Paumanok Path from Rocky Point to Montauk Point - TBA
Good Ground Celebration, Hampton Bays - TBA
Southampton Trails Preservation Society
30 Year Celebration 1986-2016

Southampton Trails Preservation Society and Horses On Trails  
proudly announce our

The signs of spring have been noted on STPS’s recent hikes:

     Even before Joe Lane’s March 26th hike at Morton

     Wildlife Preserve, the ospreys were nesting.

                                                     On the day of the hike called “Dancing with the Daffodils,” thousands of

                                                     open and swaying daffodils dotted the hillside of the Morton Wildlife


     The next day, the piping plovers flew in

                                                     to nest on the beach at Jessup’s Neck.

     There are also spring peepers at local ponds.

                                     And at Howard Reisman’s Wolf Swamp hike on April 9th,
     the skunk cabbage is in full bloom.

     The alewives will be running up to freshwater to spawn.
     Now it’s time to look for red-winged blackbirds......