Post-Thanksgiving Hikes Aplenty

In Northwest Woods Max Philip Dobler

There are several options for those looking to burn some calories and get outdoors after Thanksgiving.

The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society offers two options the morning after Thanksgiving: A five-mile hike in Northwest will begin at 10. The route winds its way past a lowland pine, maple, and tupelo swamp, passes through an upland oak forest, and skirts both tidal and freshwater wetlands. Panoramic views of the Peconic Estuary from an 80-foot-high bluff highlight this hike. Richard Poveromo is the walk leader and can be phoned at 631-283-4591 if there are questions. Water or another hydrating drink has been advised. The meeting place is the intersection of Swamp and Edwards Hole Roads.

Also at 10 a.m., a 3.5-mile route is planned on Barcelona Neck, along old woods roads that date to the 1700s. Carol Andrews, at 631-725-3367, will be the guide. The meeting place is the Sag Harbor Golf Course clubhouse.

The Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt will leave for the annual Walk It Off Walk from the end of Round Pond Lane in Sag Harbor on Friday at 10 a.m. The hike at a moderate pace offers views of Round Pond, Long Pond, and Little Long Pond.

That night, a full moon, frost moon hike will take place at 6 p.m. Co-sponsored by the friends and the South Fork Natural History Museum, the one-hour hike at a leisurely pace will head through Vineyard Field behind the museum. Refreshments will be served afterward. The meeting place is the museum's parking lot on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike.

Dai Dayton will lead both walks. She can be reached at 631-745-0689.