BY SUNNY DAVIS
PHOTOS BY CARTER RANDOLPH TYLER
June 24, 2018
I wondered… for about a nanosecond, if writing about some of Montauk’s best kept secrets would ruin them. Then I remembered that Montauk has endless secrets…
The natural beauty of some of the End’s most unique spots will give your body and brain a serious reboot. Sometimes the weight of civilization can be overwhelming. The fast pace… the burdens of relationships… the empty materialism of today’s society… the technological complexity and dependency in our everyday lives… it’s enough to make you dream of escaping to a simple place to be more in touch with the flora and fauna. Step into some truly exceptional wonders in our hamlet and JUST.LET.GO. Nature becomes this incredible facilitator of unplugging us from distractions and dropping us into what our mind and body really need. Your instincts will soon take over and focus on the now. It’s not easy to find the meaning of life or the answers you are desperately seeking within the four walls of your hotel room or summer house. But outside in the wild and wonderful nature spots in Montauk, answers may come more easily. The wind hears your problems… bees buzz, birds sing, creatures squawk and sometimes the answers become apparent. NOTE: your cell phone and devices WILL PROBABLY NOT get a signal or work in most of these locations. This is a good thing.
The Walking Dunes at the end of Napeague Harbor Road – just hike along the marked trails and partake in the family-friendly cranberry picking hikes in the fall. This place is Heaven on Earth… rugged, unspoiled and a marvel of nature. It’s amazing how the wind can shape shift an entire landscape. Guys, note: this is a great place to propose! Immerse yourself in the natural splendor and wonder of it all.
The eastern shore of Lake Montauk, near the Montauk Airport and Big Reed Pond, on East Lake Drive. There is kayaking, kite surfing, clamming… and it’s a great place for families with small kids who like to wade in the eddies during high tide. You will never find the crowds there. Little ones will have a crash course in the meaning of life as they watch the waterfowl interact.
Walk the trails in the sprawling Hither Hills State Park and adjacent Hither Woods Preserve and find some cool spots, with great off-road adventure biking trails — you can park at “the dump” entrance just west of town on Montauk Highway. Try some forest bathing — taking a walk in nature, as you pay closer attention to the details you spot in leaves or bark. Veer off the marked trails with no particular plan… will you turn left or right or are you brave enough to just walk and stumble upon some very interesting things?