A Brief History

The Southampton Trails Preservation Society (STPS) was founded in 1986 by a group of horseback riders
when they discovered that the scenic trails they rode were being lost to development.  Many other
community members realized the importance of saving the walking and hiking trails of the Town of
Southampton and joined in this preservation effort.

Since its beginning, STPS has worked actively with the Town of Southampton government, other
government bodies, neighboring trail groups and other environmental organizations to promote and create
a system of public use trails.  STPS helped amend the Southampton Town Code, establishing parameters
for trail preservation and use.  STPS also was instrumental in creating the Southampton Town Trails
Advisory Board, which makes recommendations to the Southampton Town Planning Board on
opportunities for trail easements within subdivisions.

Today, STPS is a non-for-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to protecting historic trails, preserving
greenbelts and open space, and creating new trail systems.  STPS also includes Horses on Trails (HOT)
which encourages recreational horseback trail riding.  We originated and annually participate in The Great
East End Cleanup and organize community activities on National Trails Day (in June) and South Fork Trails
Day weekend (in October).

Over the course of more than two decades, the Southampton Trails Preservation Society has sponsored
thousands of free weekend hikes led by experienced volunteers.  
Some particular favorites:

Hike schedules are sent to members each month, are listed in local newspapers and
can be found here at

STPS hikes range from two to fifteen miles with our average hike approximately four miles.  We lead brisk
hikes and also meander through scenic woods and meadows, up to hilly overlooks and alongside farmland
ponds, bays and the ocean.  During the summer months, we also sponsor kayak trips in many of the
beautiful bays along our shore and bike trips down country roads.

Our volunteers work hard to create public trails, most notably the Paumanok Path, a 125 mile long regional
trail, nearing completion, which stretches from Rocky Point in Brookhaven Town to the Atlantic Ocean at
Montauk Point in East Hampton Town.
Some favorite hiking trails are:

Please check out our
monthly hike schedule to see when we hike these favorite trails.  If you have a
favorite hike that's not listed, give us a call and volunteer to lead a hike for STPS on your favorite trail!
  • Welcome sunrise on New Year’s Day
  • Daffodils blooming at Morton Preserve at the end of March
  • Easter Egg Hunt for our children
  • Laurel blooming at Laurel Valley County Park in June
  • Walk-it-off hike on the Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Historic walks through some of our Villages
  • The Long Pond Greenbelt stretching from Sag Harbor to Sagaponack
  • The Northwest Path at the juncture of the Towns of Southampton and East Hampton
  • Laurel Valley County Park and Trout Pond in Noyac
  • The Mulvihill Preserves in Bridgehampton
  • Elliston Park and Tuckahoe Swamp in North Sea
  • Red Creek, Hubbard, Sears Bellows and Munn’s Park in Hampton Bays
We Are A 501(C)(3) Not For Profit

P.O. Box 1171
Bridgehampton, NY 11932

Southampton Trails Preservation Society