East Hampton, NY

Accabonac Preserve

Project Type

Conservation

Acreage

92.9

Things to do

Hiking, Birdwatching, Photography, Nature Study

Access

Public

Address
Accabonac Road, East Hampton, NY 11937

About

Nestled on the northern flank of the Ronkonkoma moraine, the Trust’s 92.9 acre Accabonac Preserve was made possible in January 1998 by a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The land was owned by the Potter family who at the time was interesting in selling the land -- but was also very interested in seeing a conservation outcome. The Potters offered the land to the Trust at bargain sale.

Fortunately, the Trust was able to work with the family and the donor to see this beautiful land remain -- providing a lush forest for the community. We thank the Potter family for making this preservation plan possible. The protection of this land adds significant forest preserve to the Springs hamlet and provides hikers with wonderful trails that connect to the Paumanok Path. Trail heads can be found on both Accabonac Road and Springs-Fireplace Road. (See the trail head kiosk here.)

Additionally, a few years later, the Trust helped the neighboring landowners, the Lange family, and the Town of East Hampton with the protection of the family's land in March of 2004. The Town purchased the land, 12.8 additional acres (three building lots) of land along Springs Fireplace Road in March 2004. The property is contiguous with the Trust's Accabonac Preserve. The new Town-owned property includes two one-acre lots that were purchased using the Town's affordable housing fund, leaving open possible affordable development in the future. The remaining 10.8 acre lot was purchased through the Town's Community Preservation Fund and have been protected forever. 

The wooded property of the Accobanac Preserve is located in the aquifer overlay district, and had the development potential of 37 homes. A 7.2-acre portion of the property is subject to restrictions held by the Town of East Hampton. The Preserve is in close proximity to other Town-protected properties and Trust Preserves. After acquisition, the Trust was given a small house that was moved to the property to provide housing for our Quail Hill Farm apprentices and/or staff.

When hiking the trails at Accobonac Preserve you will see evergreen shrubs, called sheep laurel, low bush blueberry, and bayberry. The sandy soils of the area have been colonized by a variety of sun-loving plants commonly found in the pine barrens and in the back dunes community of our bay and ocean beaches; scrub oak, beach heather, bearberry and reindeer lichen. Check out the Long Island Trail Lovers website, for a description of hiking the Paumanok Path through Springs — including walks through other Peconic Land Trust Preserves: Stony Hill and High Point. Also, check out the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society for more information on hiking in the Town.

The woodlands in the North Amagansett area of which the Accabonac Preserve is part — approximately 600 acres preserved — provides critical habitat for a wide variety of sensitive species including red-shouldered and broad-winged hawks, ruffed grouse, great horned owls, innumerable migrating birds, eastern box turtle, and three species of salamander. Equally important, the preserve land is part of the Town of East Hampton’s Water Recharge Overlay District, sitting above the deepest part of the aquifer, our sole source of drinking water. Through land conservation, we are all working together to improve the quality of our precious water resources.

Have questions about the Accabonac Preserve, its trails and ecology? Contact South Fork Stewardship Manager Matt Swain at 631.283.3195 or MSwain@PeconicLandTrust.org

Visitor Information

The trails of Accabonac Preserve can be accessed from Accabonac Road (east side) just north of Abraham's Path or from west side of Springs-Fireplace Road, just south of Grant Avenue. In both of these locations you will find the kiosks with information on the trails.

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Accabonac Preserve

Accabonac Road, East Hampton, NY 11937

Things To Do

Hiking
Birdwatching
Photography
Nature Study