Southampton Trails Preservation Society
SOUTHAMPTON TRAILS PRESERVATION SOCIETY
We Are A 501(C)(3) Not For Profit
P.O. Box 1171
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
The 100 acre Mulvihill Preserve is the centerpiece of a 200-acre patchwork of preserves. It includes an extraordinarily
beautiful oak, hickory, beech and laurel forest with views of the man-made Mulvihill Pond, streams, smaller ponds, and
glacial erratics. It is a lovely hike, about four miles long.
The hike begins on Brick Kiln Road, 0.4 mile north of Scuttle Hole Road, across from Bridge Lane in Bridgehampton. Mike
Bottini, a naturalist for the Group for the South Fork, writer of “South Fork Outdoors” for the Southampton Press, and
author of a superb trails book, Trail Guide to the South Fork, was instrumental in designing this new trail.
A small, hard-working group of trail maintainers for the Southampton Trails Preservation Society created this trail. It was
dedicated on October 26, 2003. The preservation of this property was made possible through a cooperative effort by three
environmentally sensitive families – the Mulvihill, Zebrowki, and Schellinger families who worked with officials from
Southampton Town, The Peconic Land Trust, and Suffolk County in order to formulate a plan for the preservation of this
The trail is marked with yellow owl blazes. It runs from a 50-foot wide, half-mile long corridor through a laurel woods to the
50-acre Fair Hills Greenbelt. The trail continues past Mulvihill Pond on the left. You will cross over two small, wooden
bridges. The second one crosses the stream that feeds the Mulvihill Pond; note the cement dam used to create the Pond.
Approximately 60 yards past the second bridge, you will approach a woods road forming a four-way intersection. Walking
to the right takes you towards private property, walking straight ahead or to the left will take you on a loop about 2.5 miles
long, and bring you back to this intersection.
I suggest that you begin hiking the loop by turning left rather than going straight ahead – it makes for a more scenic walk.
The trail travels along the western edge of the Great Swamp. Here, it visits a huge American beech tree and a vernal pond.
Continue to follow the yellow owl blazes. You will find yourself walking on a raised, linear mound dating back to the 1700’s.
During this time period, when wood was scarce, these mounds were built to act as fences in order to contain livestock. You
will then pass through a stand of white pine trees, planted by the Mulvihill family during the 1920’s. Soon after, you will see
a Paumanok Path emblem and white rectangular blazes marking the place where this loop intersects with the Paumanok
Along the way, you will see both occasional yellow owl blazes and white rectangular blazes because this section of the
hike encompasses both the Yellow Owl Loop and the Paumanok Path. Follow the Paumanok Path until you see two yellow
owl blazes. The top blaze will be set off to the left. Go left in order to continue the Yellow Owl Loop. The loop then returns
through the Greenbelt to the four-way intersection, where you walk straight across the woods road and continue back
through the corridor of laurel woods to your starting point at Brick Kiln Road.
Directions to the Mulvihill Preserve:
Traveling east through Water Mill on Montauk Highway, look for Scuttle Hole Road. There is a Hess Gas Station (with
restroom facilities and a mini-mart) at the corner on the north side of Montauk Highway. Scuttle Hole Road is just after that.
Turn left onto Scuttle Hole Road. Travel three miles until you see Brick Kiln Road; make a left onto it. Travel 0.4 of a mile to
the entrance of the trail. It is opposite Bridge Hill Lane. Park on the shoulder of Brick Kiln Road in front of the yellow and
black sign with an arrow on it. The entrance to the trail can be seen from this point.
You may have to get out of your car and actually walk along the shoulder, back towards Scuttle Hole Road, a very short
distance before you actually find the entrance to this trail. A more formal parking area or a sign erected here would help to
make this trail more user friendly.
Generously Contributed by Ken Kindler
Bill Mulvihill in Africa in the 1970's
Story By Annette Hinkle, Sag Harbor Express Nov.14, 2012
The late Bill Mulvihill was known locally as an ardent environmentalist. He and his sister, Dolores Zebrowski,
who passed away three weeks ago, were actively involved in land preservation — and their gift of more than
100 acres off Brickiln Road in Sag Harbor has preserved a unique ecosystem that can now be enjoyed by all
who use its trails.
But Mulvihill, who died in 2004, also understood the importance of saving ecosystems far from the East End.
A high school history teacher for 32 years, Mulvihill had a passion for Africa, and he became something of an
authority on the continent.
“He had the largest private library on Africa in New York,” notes his daughter, Mary Ann Mulvihill-Decker. “It
was this incredible wall of books — he really was a scholar and expert on African history and natural history.”