New Trail Opens at Reese Preserve

September 9, 2022

The Harold A. Reese Preserve in Southold is now open to hikers. This summer a 1/2 mile trail connecting the preserve to the adjacent Wolf Preserve trail network was completed. Passing through woodlands and along wetlands, you can go from North Bayview Road to Bayview Road.

Acknowledging that people with mobility restrictions have a hard time enjoying the outdoors, the Trust designed the trails to remove some of the barriers to access. All trails have been widened to six feet to accommodate wheelchairs and strollers and leveled to maintain an approximate grade of 0-3 %.


New kiosk signs at both trailheads feature an updated trail map (shown above) and information in both English and Spanish. We’re planning to add more informational signs along the trails to help you discover the species and history of the Great Hog Neck Peninsula. Also, the stewardship department maintains four native plant nurseries for future native plantings at the preserves, in addition to the 600 plants added last Spring.

Help us improve accessibility on our preserves! The Trust is currently fundraising to improve the trail system at the Wolf and Reese Preserves. We’re grateful to the generous support of the preserves’ neighbors and friends who have made this work possible so far!

For more information, you can contact Matt Swain, Director of Stewardship and Geographic Information Systems or Amanda Abraham, Director of Development.

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