Southampton Trails Preservation Society
SOUTHAMPTON TRAILS PRESERVATION SOCIETY
We Are A 501(C)(3) Not For Profit

P.O. Box 1171
Bridgehampton, NY 11932

info@southamptontrails.org


Generously Contributed by Ken Kindler
Brick Hill Preserve

Tony Garro, of Southampton Trails Preservation Society, led a hike along the Whiskey Hill
Double Circuit in the Brick Hill Preserve this past Saturday.  I joined him and several other
people for this lovely short hike that takes hikers to the top of the Ronkonkoma Moraine (219 feet
above sea level) and affords beautiful views of the land and sea below.  Other views along this
two-mile, figure-eight hike include two kettle hole ponds and an enormous glacial erratic.  Are
you looking for a hike like this?  Here’s how to get there.

Driving from Montauk Highway in Watermill go north on Scuttlehole Road by the Hess Station
(where you can use the facilities and pick up some provisions at the little market there). Stay on
Scuttlehole Road for 2.5 miles, then turn left onto Millstone Road immediately after the traffic
circle, in about 3/4 mile turn right onto Lopers Path.  Stay on Lopers Path for .5 mile, then turn
right onto Mill Path and follow it to the cul de sac (.3 mile).  The entrance to this trail is not very
well marked but you can see it at the split rail fence.  

There is another opening to this trail system at the end of Bridge Hill Lane off Brick Kiln Road.  
You’ll recognize this entrance to the trail by a split rail fence as well.  If you were to draw a line
between the end of Mill Path and Bridge Hill Lane you would find the Yellow Trail to the south of
this line and the Blue Trail to the north of the line.  From Mill Path follow a well-groomed grassy
path to the Blue Owl Trail on the left.  The Blue Owl Trail is marked with plastic blazes of a blue
owl; the Yellow Owl Trail is marked with an assortment of the original yellow painted rectangles
and the newer plastic blazes of a yellow owl.  You will enter a hickory and oak forest with lush
beds of fern as you travel down the Blue Owl Trail. The blazing is very clear along these trails
with the exception of one area as you enter the Blue Owl Trail.  Still you should be able to follow
the worn path skirting to the right of a vernal pond.   A blaze has been placed here in the past but
of late seems to have been pulled off the tree.  After a short walk, you will enter a dense laurel
woods.  The trail tread is soft under your feet and lovely to walk on, but watch out for random
stumps and roots.   

Although this is a short hike there is a feeling of being in the inner woods, quite removed from
civilization.  I saw several young deer and a large buck leaping through the woods.  Soon you
will cut across the grassy path and enter onto the Yellow Trail. Climbing up a slight incline,
follow the yellow arrows that say  “Overlook”.  This takes you to a small spur slightly off the trail
loop; you will see some “No Trespassing” signs along the way because you are walking near
private property, but as long as you stay on the path, you are not trespassing.  The view from the
overlook is especially interesting in contrast to the woods; farm fields, Mecox Bay, and
Scuttlehole Road all appear in miniature in the distance below.  When you’re ready to return,
head back downhill the way you came.  At the first intersection, turn left; when you reach the trail
loop again, turn right.  You’ll know that you are at this intersection because you will see the
yellow trail going in both directions.  Continue on the yellow loop trail until you come to the
grassy path and turn left.  You will pass the entrance to the Blue Trail on your way back to your
car.  

Those of you familiar with the Mulvihill Trail will realize that it is very close to this area; just
opposite the intersection of Brick Hill Lane and Brick Kiln Road.  The hike through the Mulvihill
Preserve is a lovely five (or so) mile walk, while the hike I have described above is just about two
miles.