From fall foliage to lighthouses and wildlife, these three picturesque hikes offer the best of Hamptons nature.
Deep in the Northwest Woods you’ll find the 607-acre Cedar Point County Park with a hike to the Cedar Island Lighthouse. Settled in 15th century, Cedar Point was once a busy port anchored by the still-standing lighthouse guiding ships to and from Sag Harbor. The hurricane of 1938 shifted the shoreline so now the lighthouse is accessible by a narrow strip of beach. Because of its hard-to-find location, this spot is awesomely deserted, just be aware that the walk to the lighthouse and back is about an hour and a half—a bit longer than it looks. Cedar Point County Park, Northwest Harbor, East Hampton, 631-244-7275
Hither Woods in Montauk has over 3,000 acres of parkland including dunes, beaches, and oak and pine woods. Beginning at the Hither Hills West Lookout off 27, you’ll find a series of trails that start woody then lead you to Fresh Pond and Napeague Bay Beach. Along the way you’ll encounter a variety of birds and gorgeous berries. Check before you go thought as hunting is permitted in winter months.
Get info at the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society. Montauk Point State Pkwy, Montauk
Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge is one of the Hamptons best-kept secrets. Located off Noyack Road, the refuge is home to all kinds of animals including wild turkeys, chipmunks, osprey, as well as a plethora of birds who are so used to visitors they’ll eat right out of your hand if you bring some birdseed. The Wild Birds Nature Trail is perfect for families and has a trail that leads right to the beach overlooking Noyack and Little Peconic Bay. Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge 2595 Noyack Road, Sag Harbor, 631-725-7598 –