Southampton is celebrating the grand opening of two new trails connecting Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton and Noyac this weekend.
Southampton is celebrating the grand opening of two new trails connecting Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton and Noyac this weekend.

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.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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