Often when driving along a back road through the Hamptons, I’ve glanced up beyond the farm fields at estates scattered on a slope above. Then I discovered I didn’t need over 10 million dollars to afford the same view. I could go on a short hike with the kids through the woods to the same overlook.
At the end of a cul-de-sac filled with large homes a split rail fence is hidden behind bushes. A wide grass path remains as testimony to a developer’s failed plan for a road. A public trail leads through woods to the top of a knoll with a unique vista of the Hamptons. Once these woods had hidden illegal whiskey stills, now they’re the secluded haven for private mansions.
And then we were at the top of “Whiskey Hill” with its panoramic view of the landscape below as far as the ocean.
I told my children to stay close to the overlook vantage point as land around us was private property. Signs of more development surrounded this scenic nature spot at the top of a ridge formed by glaciers.
And then the sun began its descent. What a sight from our small hill with a view!
We stayed as long as we could before heading back through the woods reaching the car while it still was dusk.
Brick Hill Preserve, Bridgehampton, NY
There are two routes leading to the overlook with its view – Mill Lane or Bridge Hill Lane. We parked at the end of Bridge Hill Lane off Scuttlehole Road. Behind the green poles, fire hydrant and bushes is a split rail fence at the start of a wide grass pathway. Not far along on the left the owl markers mark the trail through the woods. We first followed the blue owl markers then at the fork the yellow owl markers took us to the overlook. The blue and yellow owl markers also form a loop back to the grass pathway. Keep to the paths as the woods and surrounding area are private property. I’d also like to thank the Southampton Trails Preservation Society who ensure that public trails like these remain despite modern developments.
I plan to return for a longer walk around the loop and a picnic with the kids on the hill with a view. The overlook is another great walk to take kids on while visiting the Hamptons off season.
Such lovely photographs really capture the view, such a lovely place to explore with your children.
Mama H says
What beautiful skies!
My favourite part of this vantage point was the wide open skies
i love these images Kriss. That one of your daughter through the grass with the big skyline is lovely. I love that about america. You get lots of big sky! x
Hee hee – big country, big sky.
The Reading Residence says
Such beautiful views, around such expensive land! So many gorgeous photos there, and I do love that bear hat 🙂 #CountryKids
Incredibly expensive land especially where there’s a view!
I love discovering things like this and what fab views too!
Coombemill - Fiona says
Such a beautiful and very picturesque walk with the rewards of those spectacular views. As you say it’s wonderful how these trails are being protected and next time a picnic will be a wonderful idea. Thanks for linking up and sharing your lovely photos with Country Kids.
I look forward to a picnic! Thanks Fiona
Great photos. My friend and his family lived in the States for a couple of years and the thing he missed most from England was public footpaths. He said the national parks were amazing but that it was difficult to find public walking paths just in the ‘everyday countryside’. Sounds like you have some good ones near you though!
The local town had to actually buy the land for the public trails otherwise there wouldn’t be any public right of way. A local group pressurised for it as the vantage point has been a local beauty spot since the 1930s
Fiona Martin says
Some great pictures there, sounds like a great place to go for a walk.
brinabird and son says
Oh it looks beautiful and what a magical sunset! #countrykids
Sara (@mumturnedmom) says
And, what a view it is! Wow. Your photographs are beautiful, what a gorgeous walk. There are lots of trails like this around us in Boston, that’s one thing that has been a pleasant surprise, the amount of nature reservations and marked trails – fab with the kids.
The nature reservations are wonderful but I’ve found I have to buy books and seek out the information to find the local trails here.
That definitely is a hill with a view! Beautiful photos xx
Mary @over40andamumtoone says
wonderful views and I love bear hat! #CountryKids
Kim Carberry says
Such beautiful views! Totally breathtaking x
Sam @happyhomebird says
Amazing! How lucky you are with these views.
Actually Mummy... says
Oh what beautiful photos – I can never get a good sunset picture. Yours are lovely and it looks like a great afternoon.
What an absolutely wonderful Winter walk, the light in the photographs is fantastic; we haven’t had anything like that since October really. Can you imagine living in one of those mansions?
Nipping over from #countrykids