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8 Best Hikes in Montauk, NY

Montauk Lighthouse

If you’ve ever looked at a map of Montauk you’ll notice there is so much land preserve! This fact makes Montauk full of amazing hikes and walks. Below I’ve listed the 8 best hikes in Montauk for you to enjoy!

All hikes are very easy and for all abilities. The hikes all vary in length and scenery. You’ll notice most people walking leisurely but sometimes you’ll come across a seasoned mountain biker in the trails.

If you’re planning a trip to Montauk, read my Complete Guide to Montauk NY for the best things to do, where to eat and drink, what beaches to go to, and where to stay. For the best of the best read my 3-day Weekend Itinerary. And if you’re visiting Montauk in the off season read my Off Season Guide to Montauk.

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8 Best Hikes in Montauk

Shadmoor State Park

I’ll start with Shadmoor State Park because this is one of my very favorite hikes in Montauk to do. High up on the bluffs and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean the trail has such beautiful views in either direction. My favorite time to do this walk is early in the morning (sunrise if you can get up for it!)

To get to Shadmoor State Park head East through Montauk town. The parking area will be on your right side about a half a mile after town. There is a large sign marking the park to make it easy!

The walk is about a mile long (two miles there and back) but you can make it longer if you wish to hop onto the beach and continue your walk East towards Ditch Plains. There are also two bunkers left over from WWII to take a peek at in the trails. (When I was younger these used to be open and as kids we’d climb up in them!)

Want to know more about the beaches of Montauk? Read my Montauk beach guide here!

woman standing on the cliffs at shadmoor state park

Montauk Point State Park / Camp Hero

You can’t come to Montauk and NOT see the lighthouse! Plus there is so much interesting history to learn at Montauk Point State Park not to mention the incredible views!

montauk lighthouse with couple
Montauk Lighthouse
Montauk Lighthouse, NY – $24+

This link has good information for visiting Montauk Point State Park. And here is a trail map of Montauk Point State Park.

This is another personal favorite hike in Montauk of mine. To get to the lighthouse just keep driving East on Route 27 and you’ll get to The End. Camp Hero State Park is just to the right when entering into the Montauk Point Lighthouse loop.

Tip: you’ll have to pay to park your car in the summer months and on weekends in the Spring and Fall.

Camp Hero was a US military base manned and operated from 1942 to 1981. The state park opened in 2002 to the public . However, be aware that there are still areas off limits to the public like the iconic radar tower which was built in 1958 during the Cold War to detect Soviet missile bombers.

Inside the parks many trails you can see old bunkers as well as historic buildings that were used in the camp. This is one of the most interesting hikes in Montauk you can go on! There are many plaques with interesting information and history for you to read up on.

Definitely stop at Turtle Cover Lookout and walk through the trail to the left of the parking lot towards the lighthouse. If it’s a clear day you can spot Block Island and if there are waves don’t forget to look down and watch the surfers!

Find out the most photographed places in Montauk here! (hint: the lighthouse is included but there’s 11 more spots!)

Seal Haul Trail

Part of the Montauk Point State Park, but worth noting this trail separately! The Seal Haul Trail is a 1.5 mile walk through a deeply wooded area that pops you out on the shore of the Block Island Sound. Here you can spot seals sunbathing on large boulders or on the beach.

Tip: I’ve had the best luck seeing seals in the Spring

Hither Hills State Park

Hither Hills State Park is a 1,755-acre park in Montauk with an ocean side camp site, fishing, hunting, the Walking Dunes (below) and numerous trails to hike or mountain bike in. This park probably has the most extensive trails in Montauk. Here is a trail map to help you plan!

The best place to enter the park for hiking would be at the Hither Hills Overlook in Montauk on route 27 on your way into Montauk town. The view here is also stunning!!

The Walking Dunes

Part of Hither Hills State Park, the walking dunes are one of the most unique hikes in montauk and unlike any of the others. Located on Napeague Harbor, the Walking Dunes are continually moving (at a very slow pace!) to the South East and swallow the vegetation as they move. You can see tops of large trees just sticking out the top of the dunes!

To get to the Walking Dunes from Montauk town head West on route 27 and make a right onto Napeague Harbor Rd just after Morty’s Oyster Stand. Keep driving down this road until you find the parking area and trail head at the end.

Eddie Eker Park

Located on the west end of Fort Pond Bay and at the very end of Navy Road in Montauk. Eddie Eker Park features a hangar dock (previously used for the US Navy and great for fishing!) a dog park, and trail entrance to the Hither Woods Preserve.

The Hither Woods Preserve is adjacent to Hither Hills State Park (mentioned above).  The hiking trails between the two parks are seamlessly integrated.

Note: you can bring your dogs here to enjoy the large open space at the dog park.

Big Reed Pond Trail

Part of the Montauk County Park and next to the Montauk Point State Park, Big Reed Pond Trail is comprised of three different loops varying from one to three miles long. Big Reed and Little Reed ponds are both fresh water ponds.

In addition to the fresh water ponds and trail system, Big Reed Pond also features bridle paths, picnic areas, fishing and kayaking. Also to note, the archeological remains of the Montaukett Indian Village reside here! You can see evidence of their stone foundations.

To get here, I think the best place is on East Lake Drive just after Big Reed Path (a residential road) and before the Montauk airport. You will see a sign and there is a small parking area if you pull onto the dirt road.

Amsterdam Beach Trail

Located on your way towards the lighthouse and opposite the Montauk County Park, Amsterdam Beach Trail is a true gem! There is a small parking area right off the main road and the trail is about one mile long in each direction. At the end of the trail you’ll come to the bluffs overlooking the ocean in a small cove with (usually) no one on the beach!

Old Montauk Highway

So maybe not classified as a hike, but the path along the Old Montauk Highway is so beautiful! There are multiple points along the path that you can hop on and off the beach. (click here for best beaches in Montauk)

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TRAVEL TIPS:

  • Check local hunting seasons and permitted areas when choosing hikes in Montauk.
  • Unfortunately, ticks are a big problem on trails in the summer months! Check for trails with a large pathway or wear pants and sleeves!
  • Always be respectful of the environment 🙂

Planning a trip to Montauk? Don’t forget to read our Weekend Guide, Complete Guide, or Off Season Guide here!

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