Southampton Trails Preservation Society
SOUTHAMPTON TRAILS PRESERVATION SOCIETY
We Are A 501(C)(3) Not For Profit
P.O. Box 1171
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
|Red Creek Park Blue Owl Loop - Hampton Bays
Generously Contributed by Ken Kindler
Finding the entrance to this lovely park is somewhat tricky. As you enter, there is a small sign that
reads, “Town of Southampton Red Creek Park.” However, since it is facing the opposite direction,
what you see instead is a sign reading, “Animal Shelter.” I’ll give you detailed directions to find the
park entrance at the end of this article. Once you are on the road in the park, go past the picnic
areas; after the stop sign to the right of the Animal Shelter you will see the parking field.
There are pay phones, restrooms, and water available near the parking area. A wide range of
facilities is available in this park: playground; dog walk routes; picnic area; ball fields; places for
roller blading and skateboarding; and tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. Parking is free, but
there are fees and regulations for many of the activities, so I suggest you call 631-728-8585 before
you make your visit.
Park by the brown and yellow Southampton Town Trail sign next to a basketball court to the right,
and a baseball diamond to the left. 200 feet north beyond the baseball field fence is where the trail
begins. There are square yellow STPS “Owl Blazes” to mark the access trail to the Blue Owl Loop.
At the entrance of the trail is a box with maps; you may take one.
These maps are based on an earlier blazing system developed by Scout volunteers. The blazes
are almost all faded, but most of the trails are still there. If you feel adventurous, you can try to
There is a nice selection of loop trails in Southampton, thanks to the almost superhuman efforts of
a few dedicated trail maintainers. I help these guys, but not nearly as often as I’d like to. This is why
I felt particularly angry when I realized that some pea-brained yahoo had made their job even
harder by pulling many of the yellow owl blazes off the trees. One of us will now have to go in and
nail up replacement owl blazes and that will take time away from doing more work on the
Where the trail splits, the left branch is an exercise path with places to do pull ups, sit- ups, and
stretches. You need not worry about getting lost though; the two branches of the trail come back
together and end up at Old Squires Road, an unpaved woods road occasionally used by cars.
When you turn left onto the woods road, note another yellow and brown Southampton Town Trail
sign; this is the landmark you will look for on your way back. Walk along this road until you reach
Hildreth, another woods road. Turn right, and then a quick left takes you into the woods. Soon the
blue loop co-aligns with the Paumanok Path marked with white painted rectangles. Cross back
over Hildreth and pass two benches.
Follow the Paumanok Path until you reach another bench and a post with the number 3 on it, and
then turn right. As of this writing, there are few blazes along this portion of the loop. A young doe
led the way to a post with the number 2 on it where I realized she was telling me to make a right
turn. Pass a couple of vernal ponds on your left and at the fourth bench turn right, back onto Old
Squires Road. This is where you look for the yellow and brown Southampton Town Trail sign.
Turn left to head back to the parking lot. I estimate the entire walk is a smidge less than four miles.
Directions: Take Sunrise Highway to exit 65N (route 24) towards Riverhead. Travel north on C.R.
24 a couple hundred yards. You will see several signs before you bear right onto the turn lane for
Old Riverhead Road West. There is not a Southampton Town Park sign here; the sign to look for is
“Town of Southampton Jackson Ave. Offices,” and “Town Police.” Turn right onto Old Riverhead
Road, pass the entrance to Southampton Town Police, and make the next left into the park.