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Located on the quieter side of the point, the Napeague Trail offers an escape from the more populated recreation area.

Napeague Trail begins along the harbor traveling north to Goff Point, which may be inaccessible due to nesting shorebirds or high water. If so, take the short spur trail, cutting off Goff Point. The trail is level and easy to negotiate but strewn with rounded rocks resting in sand and light dirt. This beautiful walk features sites of Napeague Harbor, Napeague Bay, Block Island Sound and a variety of shore birds including the common gull, terns, cormorants, piping plover and egrets. Farther down the beach, sandstone cliffs tower overhead offering nesting grounds for cliff swallows. The trail rounds Rocky Point at 5.9 miles. It terminates at 7.5 miles with views of Fort Pond Bay and Culloden Point. Retrace your steps back along the shoreline. A jeep trail, slightly inland, offers an alternative route during high water or high winds.

Directions: From Montauk, NY, Travel 4 miles southwest along SR 27. Turn left onto Napeague Harbor Road. Park in the end lot. Trail begins alongside the Napeague Harbor extending out to Goff Point and beyond.

Elevation: Sea Level

Elevation Gain: 40 feet

Difficulty: Easy

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