50 Things to Do Before Memorial Day: Hike the Paumanok Path

Hike Paumanok Path before Memorial Day!
Hike Paumanok Path before Memorial Day! Photo: 35blyjak/iStock/Thinkstock

There are fewer than 40 days until Memorial Day weekend, and while we at Dan’s Papers can’t wait, we also know there are many things we have to squeeze in during the next few weeks on the East End, lest we lose our chance with all that summer brings. We know that if we don’t get out and do these now, we’ll have to wait until after Labor Day before we try again…and so will you!

We continue our countdown of things to do before Memorial Day weekend on the East End with #35: Hike the Paumanok Path

The Hamptons is well known for its beautiful beaches, but our natural splendor doesn’t end there. Known as the backbone of the eastern Suffolk County trail system, the Paumanok Path is 125 miles of hiking goodness from Rocky Point to Montauk, going through five towns, including Brookhaven, Riverhead, Southampton and East Hampton.

While walking the entire length of this nature and recreation trail may be a bit much for most, there are plenty of spots to get on and off between Riverhead and Montauk. It’s a great way to get into swimsuit shape, while also enjoying some areas of the East End you’ve not yet seen.

Did you know the trail was inspired by 19th-century Montaukett Indian Stephen Talkhouse, who was known for his 30-mile roundtrip walks from Montauk to East Hampton and Sag Harbor? The famous Native American was actually buried off the Paumanok trail in Theodore Roosevelt County Park near Montauk. Whether you bring friends, family or walk it alone—Talkhouse’s spirit will be by your side every step of the way.

Come back tomorrow for 50 Things to Do Before Memorial Day in the Hamptons #34.

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