Poxabogue County Park in Sagaponack was one of the first preservation purchases made by Suffolk County back in the early 1970s. This 26 acre passive park on the north side of Poxabogue Pond is aimed at protecting the unique and fragile coastal plain pond ecosystem that characterizes the Long Pond Greenbelt. The name Poxabogue, deriving from paugasa-baug meaning “a pond that widens,” aptly describes the changes in the pond surface size that occur during periods of heavy rainfall and drought.
Visitors to this park can walk a half-mile trail through grassland, woods, and wetlands, with a stop at a nature viewing blind overlooking the pond. Having been the site of a native grassland restoration project, the park’s trails are also used regularly by the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt for grassland-to-grassland hikes connecting the Vineyard Field grassland in Bridgehampton to the one at Poxabogue. For more information about guided hikes visit https://longpondgreenbelt.org/events/.