#86-- Take a Hike to a Cranberry Bog

East End hidden treasure includes fresh cranberries, 80 foot dunes and a mysterious phantom forest.

A year round 3/4 mile scenic walking trail within in Montauk becomes a cranberry seeker's paradise in October and November. The unique combination of wetlands and forest with breathtaking views of Napeague Harbor is surely a treasure worth visiting.

The dunes are called "Walking Dunes" because strong winds cause them to move. The sand has killed most of the forest plants and trees, and it is thought that eventually this forest will become completely buried. The existing forest has found its way with its deep roots finding ground water deep beneath the sand.

A large freshwater wetland in the center of the tall dunes holds cranberry plants, which many visitors make an annual trip for in preparation for Thanksgiving.

When people are not around, the scenery is enjoyed by foxes, mice, deer and a wide variety of birds. Walkers are advised to stay on the trail due to hazards such as Poison Ivy and ticks.

Taylor K. Vecsey November 17, 2011 at 05:03 PM
Thanks for the info!
Elaine Jones November 17, 2011 at 11:03 PM
When I was a little girl Taylor, my family used to go right to Beach Hampton and pick cranberries, blueberries, even wild grapes for jelly, blackberries. My mother used to make the best blueberry muffins from the wild blueberries. There were barely any houses in the dunes then. I have watched it grow.
PJ Delia November 18, 2011 at 01:03 PM
I used to just about live there at the Walking Dunes when I was a teenager. We hung out, tumbled down the dunes and enjoyed the spectacular views. Thanks for reminding us what is right in our backyard, Carrie Ann.
Carrie Ann Salvi November 21, 2011 at 04:58 AM
Oops! Didn't know about the illegal cranberry picking thing.
Carrie Ann Salvi November 21, 2011 at 05:09 AM
Lucky you! i could go there every day. It really is spectacular and peaceful there.


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