This 77-acre oasis is situated along the Shinnecock Bay coastline and is one of the few places where the pine barrens extend all the way to Long Island’s South Shore. The sanctuary’s marked trail system, a loop that takes about an hour to hike, traverses forest, skirts salt marsh and ends up at a viewpoint on the north side of Shinnecock Bay. It’s an excellent location for birdwatching, hiking and photography.
Before you visit, download a trail map.
The sanctuary is the former waterfront estate of Zoe Van Wyck DeRopp, who donated 12 acres to The Nature Conservancy in 1972. The additional acreage was purchased in 2000 through a joint agreement between Southampton Town and The Nature Conservancy.