Barcelona Neck Preserve
This was the fourth of five amazing hikes we did on the southern fork of Long Island the week of April 2. We followed the hike "Barcelona Neck Preserve" in the book Trail Guide to the Southern Fork, though the area is also covered in the book Hiking Long Island, another terrific book of this area.

Today was the only day it rained during the entire week. It was pouring when we woke up and we weren't sure we'd be able to hike. But we decided to drive from East Hampton (where we were staying) to Sag Harbor anyway, and it rained the entire drive. But after we parked, and donned our rain slickers, it stopped. It was cloudy for about 15 minutes and then the sun burst out for the majority of the hike, which was wonderful. There are amazing views of the distant Cedar Point Lighthouse (to which we hiked two days earlier). We didn't see any seals today, but I did managed to zoom into Billy Joel's house in Sag Harbor (you can see it in one of the photos). Later that afternoon I actually bumped into the Piano Man sitting on a bench in Sag Harbor with his two pugs!

Total distance hiked today was about 3.5 miles in 2 hours.

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Parking at the golf course

Heading into the woods

Still cloudy, but no more rain

The sun comes out!

Abandoned home

Or is it the vulture's


Rear view

Park road

First glimpse of ...

... Cuffee's Landing


Various ...

... views of ...

... Northwest Creek

[Photo by Laura]

Following the hike description

Osprey platform

Partial views to Sag Harbor Bay


First full view ...

... of Sag Harbor Bay

Beautiful colors

Buoy in bay

Cedar Point Lighthouse

Critter tracks in dune

[Photo by Laura]

View to Sag Harbor

Dune patterns

More views ...

... of the bay

Lady and the lighthouse


On a dune

Cedar Point isthmus


Horseshoe crab shell

Approaching a salt pond

Walking the beach

Coast Guard boat

[Photo by Laura]

Osprey on the buoy


Views ...

... west

Billy Joel's house in center



Edge of salt pond

Beach stones

Beautiful shells

Mother of Pearl


Wood from old pier?

Last view of beach

Road back into woods

Looking out to beach

Golf course

Back to ...

... parking lot

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