Seal Hikes in Montauk, Cruises Around Shinnecock Bay

Durell Godfrey

The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society will lead a Montauk Lighthouse loop hike of five-plus miles on Saturday at 10 a.m., starting at Camp Hero and following the Paumanok Path to the bluffs to Turtle Cove and the lighthouse, and returning past the seal haul-out site. Snacks, water, and windproof clothing are suggested. There will be a 10-minute break at the lighthouse refreshment area. The meeting spot is on Camp Hero Road, about a mile east of Deep Hollow Ranch. The leader, Carol Andrews, can be reached at 631-725-3367.

Hikes to the seal haul-out site at Montauk State Park will begin from the Montauk Lighthouse concession stand on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. There is a charge of $4 per person, and children under 3 are free for the three-mile nature and coastal excursion. Reservations are required at 631-668-5000, as space is limited. It is suggested that participants arrive 10 minutes before the hike begins.  

Two seal cruises around Shinnecock Bay are set for this month, one on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. and another on Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. Biologists from the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society and the Group for the East End will go over the different species of seals that inhabit the waters around Long Island.

Since they are open-air cruises, warm dress is recommended. The place to board is the Stony Brook Marine Station at 8 Little Neck Road in Southampton, 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Tickets are $30 per person. There will be other cruises between February and April. More information is online at