The map I picked up at the Long Pond Greenbelt booth at the Long Island Natural History Conference was enough to convince me that I’ve got to go. Dai Dayton, president of the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt has created a fantastic map. Dai generously put me up at her house in 2004 when I traversed the entire Paumanok Path over the Thanksgiving week. I remember the 3 bacon, tomato, and lettuce sandwiches she packed for me that day when I hiked with companion Bob all the way to Amagansett – 35 miles!
The 800 acre natural area has a total of 16 miles of trails, 13 ponds, two museums, a nature center, and one bench. All the trails are well marked. The map is oriented north-south, colored coded, and with helpful details. Made of Tyvack, a fibrous plastic material that doesn’t tear and is waterproof, can be folded countless times and holds up nicely. One side is the north section, the other, south. Here is a list of what’s on the map: houses roads trails water bodies Sag Harbor boundary bay to ocean footpath protected land street names distances power lines parking locations cemetery two museums scale Long Pond Nature Center side trails Paumanok Path Mashashimuet Park