Southampton Town and the Southampton Trails Preservation Society are celebrating the grand opening this weekend of a series of Hamlet-to-Hamlet woodland footpaths between Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton and Noyac.
At 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, representatives from the town and the trails group will hold an inaugural ribbon-cutting ceremony at the trailheads for two trails that begin at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor, just east of the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which includes refreshments, and to participate in one of two guided hikes beginning at 10 a.m.
The hike to Bridgehampton is 3.7 miles, passing through the Long Pond Greenbelt along Long Pond and Crooked Pond, following the old railroad right-of-way to the junction of Lumber Lane and the present railroad crossing not far from the Bridgehampton train station.
The 5.3-mile hike to Noyac crosses the greenbelt into the Mulvihill Preserve along the Middle Line right of way, then continues alongside The Bridge golf course north to Trout Pond.
The town will provide free bus service back to the trailhead after the hikes. The temperature for Saturday morning is expected to be in the low 50s with scattered showers.
A map of the town’s hamlet-to-hamlet footpaths is online here.