The Hamptons is full of wildlife, both on land and in the sea. To enjoy the beautify of the area’s wildlife this summer, consider visiting one of its vast wildlife refuges. Spend a day on the acres of trails the wildlife refuges have to offer and be sure to pack a lunch and a camera.
The Elisabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge, located at 2595 Noyak Road in Sag Harbor , is a 187-acre refuge located on Noyack and Little Peconic Bays. The refuge features diverse habitats, from sandy and rocky beaches to upland forests, fields and marshes. There is also a wide variety of wildlife at the site, from painted turtles to osprey to white-tailed dear. The refuge features a self-guided, 1.2-mile nature trail that winds through woodland and onto the beach.
Located at 3 Old Country Road in Quogue, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge offers 305-acres of protected land, which features over seven miles of hiking trails that wind through the Pine Barrens, bogs, wetlands, a field and a tidal estuary. The refuge also features views of the Old Ice Pond and an indoor center to explore. The center also features numerous events throughout the year.
The 34-acre Amagansett Wildlife Refuge sits along the Atlantic Ocean in East Hampton and was the former location of a lifeboat station. At the site, you can see piping plovers, terns and explore the double dune system. Enter the refuge from Altantic Avenue in Amagansett.
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