SATURDAY JUNE 3, 2000
* Hikes Suitable for Beginners
*8 am - 9 am. Tuckahoe Hill.
Meet at Tuckahoe School in Southampton. Parking lot is located on the corner of North Magee Street and Sebonac Road. Spectacular view, over Cow Neck, of the Peconic Bay and Robins Island. Two-mile hike. Directions: Montauk Hwy. to light at N. Magee St. (just past Fletchers Bake Shop, east of Southampton College), Travel north 1/2 mile to parking lot on corner of N. Magee and Sebonac Rd. Leaders: Kurt Billing (STPS), Ken Kindler (STPS, LIGTC, LISC, and EHTPS)
9:30am- 12:30 pm. Big Woods to Great Hill Road.
Meet at the intersection of Millstone Brook Road and Scott Road. This hike will explore the newest addition to the trail, a six-mile section from Sebonac Creek to Great Hill Road. Walk through a beautiful beech forest with views of Sebonac Creek, marshes, Big Fresh Pond, Peconic Bay and the North Fork. Pack lunch and water. Directions: Follow North Sea Road past Big Fresh Pond and turn onto Millstone Brook Road. Leaders: Howard Reisman (STPS), Steve Biasetti (GSF, LIGTC, and STPS)
*1pm - 2pmLaurel Valley County Park.
Three miles of wooded knolls and laurel-filled ravines in the Noyac area. If the Laurels are in bloom, partake of a stunning display of pink and white blossoms. Meet at the kiosk on Deerfield Road opposite the Deerwood Path entrance to North Side Hills. It is just south of Noyac Road. Leader: Ken Bieger (STPS, EHTPS)
2:30 pm 5 pm Brick Kiln Road to the Long Pond Greenbelt.
Scenic ponds, chestnut oak forest, knob and kettle woodlands. Directions: Parking will be where Brick Kiln Rd. bends at the intersection with Stony Hill Road. Leader: Dai Dayton (SHTPS)
LONG ISLAND'S DAY TO PLAY ON THE PATH, SUNDAY JUNE 4, 2000
The Pine Barrens Trail
Two hikes in succession, option of doing either one, or both. Starts from the trailhead at Rocky Point (Joint venture between the LI Greenbelt Trails Conference and the LI Sierra Club).
7:30 amTrail Head to Trail Preserve
Meet at the Pine Trail Preserve parking lot, located 6/10 of a mile east of the William Floyd Parkway on Middle County Road in Ridge. We will park and carpool to the Paumanok Path trailhead at the DEC parking lot. Travel from deciduous woods to a pitch pine forest. Walk through an alien landscape of black charred trees contrasting with a profusion of deep green new growth. Fast paced 8.5 miles
Leader: Ken Kindler (STPS, LIGTC, LISC, and EHTPS)
11:30 am to 3 pm Robert Cushman Murphy Park to Trail Center.
Hike from Pine Trail Preserve parking lot, located 6/10 of a mile east of the William Floyd Parkway on the south side of Middle County Road. Visit three pristine coastal plain ponds, see majestic stands of Pitch Pines, then be enveloped by a dense oak pine woods. Fast paced 6.5 miles.
Leader: Ken Kindler (STPS, LIGTC, LISC, and EHTPS)
Events at the Suffolk County Park's Pine Barrens Trails Information Center
*Continual Hourly Trail Center Intro. Hikes (1 mile) 11 am - Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm
Trails info center hikes-Great introduction to pine barrens - good for beginners, kids, and those interested in learning basics of the Pine Barrens. 1 mile - easy - flat, enjoyable for all.
An After Hike get-together at the Trails Information Center 3 pm
The Manorville Trails Center is a Suffolk County Parks facility. It offers visitors hiking information and environmental education. Literature and brochures are made available at the center both free and for purchase by the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference who donate their time to aiding and manning the facility. Access to a short, interpretive "Blueberry Loop" trail is behind the center.
Directions: It is easy to find, take Exit 70 off the Long Island Expressway. Travel 200 yards north on County Road 111. It is on the right side of the road. Phone #: 631-369-9768
9 am Paumanok Path Surprise at the Manorville Trail Center
Leader: Ken Spadafora (LIGTC)
Nobody knows the trails of this island better than Ken. An outing for the adventurous. Meet at our Trails Info Center, just north of L.I.E. Exit 70, for possible all-day, anything-goes, excursion along the Paumanok Path; bring water, lunch, and repellent. Directions: It is easy to find, take Exit 70 off the Long Island Expressway. Travel 200 yards north on County Road 111. It is on the right side of the road.
Food and Fun for the Whole Family
3 pm After Hike Get Together at the Trail Center
1 pm County Parklands of Hampton Hills to the DEC Sarnoff Pine Barrens Preserve.
Meet at the parking lot closest to the SCC entrance; Parking Field 1. This is one of the nicest sections of the Paumanok Path. It has well-executed switchbacks with inspiring panoramic views. We will stop at Wildwood Lake for a snack. The terrain is hilly and the pace will be moderate. Wear light colored clothing and the use of insect repellent is suggested. 6-7 fairly challenging miles, bring food and liquid.
Directions: From Sunrise Highway exit 61 travel east on C.R. 51 (Moriches Riverhead Road) to Speonk-Riverhead Rd. Turn into the Suffolk County Community College eastern campus, then make first possible left, and then the first right into Parking Field 1. Continue straight ahead to the kiosk. From the Riverhead traffic circle take CR 63 to CR 51 south. Leader: Charlie Kahrs (LIGTC)
9:30am- 2:30 pm Spectacular Wetlands Walk
Meet in Flanders on Spinny Road off Rt. 24. Visit Sears Bellows County Park, Owl Pond, Maple Swamp, Flanders Bay, and Mill Creek. Begin and end on the Paumanok Path with a few surprises in between. Some bushwhacking and hills. Bring lunch and liquid. Not a hike for beginners, approx. 10 miles.
Leader: Kim Darrow (LIGTC)
*10am - 12:30 pm Bald Hill County Park.
(Moderate to strenuous - hilly)
Meet at the Bald Hill County Park entrance on the north side of County Road 51 just west of Speonk Riverhead Road in Speonk. Hike the highest hill on the East End, with a great view. Meet on the north side of C. R. 51 just southwest of the Speonk Riverhead Road intersection.
Leader: Dave Wilcox (LIGTC, STPS)
*9 a.m.-11:30 am Sears Bellows Pond County Park.
Meet at the park entrance on Bellows Pond Road between Route 24 and Montauk Highway.
See the incredibly beautiful Sears Pond and surrounding wetlands. 4.5 miles. Flanders
Leader: Vincent Scerbinski (STPS)
3 pm - 6 pm Penny Pond
Meet at Red Creek Park parking lot off Jackson Ave, (NY 27 Exit 65, north to Old Riverhead Rd., sharp right to park); see Penny Pond, Red Creek Park and Hubbard County Park.
Leader: Ken Ettlinger (LIGTC)
Paumanok Path in East Hampton
8 am - 9:30 North by Northwest Tour Group.
Mountain bike ride all levels welcome
Meet at Edwards Hole Road and Route 114. Bring own mountain bike (not hybrid). 10 - 12 miles, bring full water bottle and helmet (required), eye protection suggested. No one will be left behind. BikeHampton will rent bikes or helmets.
Leader: Ted Ventre (BikeHampton)
11 am East Hampton Hike to the Long Pond Greenbelt in Southampton (4.5 miles)
Be among the first to hike the Paumanok Path from East Hampton to the Long Pond Greenbelt, then receive another treat when you get there. Knob and kettle topography, with oak / laurel woods. 7 miles total. You can cheat and go straight to the Long Pond Greenbelt event, if you do not have the time or the energy for the entire hike.
Meet at the intersection of Edwards Hole Road and Rt. 114.
Leader: Ed Porco (EHTPS)
*1:30 pm Long Pond Greenbelt
Nature Conservancy's Stuart Lowrie, Director of Conservation Programs and Government Relations, leads hike to Long Pond
The Greenbelt encompasses a magnificent 1,100-acre expanse of interconnected ponds, woods, and wetlands that stretches nine miles. Stewart is very knowledgeable and he gives a great interpretive hike. Hike will last approx. 2 hours. Directions: Off 27, just east of the town of Bridgehampton. Travel north on Sagg Rd. to Round Pond Lane. Meet at the end of Round Pond Lane, Sag Harbor.
9 am Hither Woods.
From the East panoramic views from the Paumanok Path's coastal trail. Pass by the old Navy Base around Redmond's Bend and Rocky Point, then loop around to the starting point using Old North Road on this 4 mile walk, fast pace. Meet at the end of Navy Road in Montauk. At the last trails meeting Rick indicated that he will be taking the hike to a beautiful new re-route of the Paumanok Path. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised!
Directions: Coming from the west, 3 miles past Hither Hills Overlook, make a left onto Second House Road and follow it for one mile. Where the road curves continue travelling straight onto Navy Road. Cross over railroad tracks, take the next left and follow this road to its end.
Leader: Rick Whalen (EHTPS)
*9 am Third House to Oyster Pond
Start at historical Third House in Montauk and travel through Theodore Roosevelt County Park. Beautiful view of Oyster Pond and Block Island Sound from Cornergate then on to NYS Park property. Pass Hetty's Hole, over Ogdon's Brook Bridge and return via beautiful Point Woods. 4 miles. Meet at Camp Hero Road, in Montauk. Directions: Make a right turn off Rt. 27, about 1.5 miles east of Deep Hollow Ranch.
Leader: Richard Lupoletti (EHTPS)
Rough Riders Historical Demonstration:
Theodore Roosevelt County Park
11:30 am In front of Third House
The Color Guard of Teddy Roosevelt's First U.S. Volunteer Calvary, unofficially known as the Rough Riders, portraying the troops at Camp Wikoff after returning from Cuba. (Bill Uhlinger of NSHA is the Commander of the Rough Riders)
Information centers for the celebration:
Suffolk County Parks: Call (631) 854-4980 http://www.co.suffolk.ny.us/exec/parks
Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference: 631-360-0753
Southampton Trails Preservation Society: 631-537-5202
Group for the South Fork 631-537-1400: Http://www.thehamptons.com/group
East Hampton Trails Preservation Society: 631-329-4227
The Hike Long Island web site: http://www.Hike-LI.com
Manorville Trail Center: Call 631-369-9768