Southampton Trails Preservation Society
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We Are A 501(C)(3) Not For Profit

P.O. Box 1171
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
A Welcome From The President Of STPS
Long Pond
FACT: There are over 290 miles of trails within Southampton Town.  It's a daunting task to keep them all clear and open for you, and
we do our very best!  

Every Thursday morning we work on one of the trails, camaraderie and jokes are abundant.  Usually delicious home baked cookies
reward those who show up.  We welcome anyone who would like to help maintain our wonderful trail system.
Dear Trail Friend,

If you are reading this letter, I’m sure that you love hiking, kayaking, bike riding and horseback riding on Long Island’s trails
and bays.  Let me tell you more about Southampton Trails Preservation Society (STPS).

STPS is a 28-year-old organization that advocates for open space within the Town of Southampton, leads weekly hikes,
kayak trips, bike rides and/or horseback rides and creates and maintains trails.  Here are the event statistics for 2013:

  •        STPS led 77 hikes with 729 participants
  •        STPS had 8 kayak events with 64 participants
  •        STPS had 6 HOT rides with 29 people participating
  •        STPS had 3 bike trips with 16 participants

We also maintain the almost 300 miles of trails throughout the Town and in 2013 we spent just under 800 man hours
maintaining the trails.  Here are some highlights of our maintenance efforts:

  •        Supported by a Town Board resolution, began the planning and creation of Hamlet to Hamlet Trails.  The first
           section – Sag Harbor to Bridgehampton – is complete along with new green Hamlet to Hamlet blazes.  Kiosks will
           be added at entry points and an inaugural hike is planned for the spring of 2014.
  •        Created and blazed a new trail from Laurel Valley County Park to Camps Pond.
  •        Surveyed Tuckahoe Swamp to identify where bridges were needed.  The Town CPF Department used the survey
           to hire Rambo Construction to build the bridges.  This trail can now be used even after rain/snow!

Thanks to several generous donations, we were able to purchase a shed to keep our maintenance equipment and a heavy
duty trimmer/mower to be used to create new trails and mow the others.   Southampton Town Parks & Recreation gave us
permission to place the shed at the SYS facility in North Sea which is convenient to our maintenance chairs as they live in
the area.

If you’ve participated with us in the past or hiked or ridden Town of Southampton trails alone, you can thank dedicated STPS
members who led the hikes and created and maintained the trails.

We are a group of people who love being outdoors, learning about the local flora and fauna, getting exercise and just having
fun.  We hike Saturdays and Sundays, year round.  I enjoy hiking in the winter when the weather is crisp and clear, with the
leaves off the trees the vistas are especially beautiful.  We also enjoy getting together for a snack or lunch at a local
restaurant after some of our hikes.  We tell ourselves that we deserve it since we’ve just hiked so many miles!

If you enjoy the trails as much as I do, I encourage you to join us on a hike, kayak excursion or ride and become a member of
Southampton Trails Preservation Society.  While you can get our
event schedule on this website and in the local papers,
members also receive the schedule and the minutes of our meetings emailed or snail mailed to their homes.  But, more
importantly, the larger the STPS membership, the greater the voice we have with local officials to advocate for open space
and trails.  If you would like to become a member of STPS, click on the
Membership Form to learn how to join.

I look forward to seeing you soon!


Glorian Berk, President
Southampton Trails Preservation Society