A Brief History
SOUTHAMPTON TRAILS PRESERVATION SOCIETY
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 www.southamptontrails.org.
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, among them the Paumanok Path, a 125 mile long regional
trail, which stretches from Rocky Point in Brookhaven Town to the Atlantic Ocean at Montauk Point in East
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
- Great East End Cleanup on Earth Day
- 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
- Tuckahoe Hills & Tuckahoe Swamp
- Morton Wildlife Preserve
Southampton Trails Preservation Society