This month we’re starting a series of articles featuring the ponds of the Long Pond Greenbelt. It is fitting that Poxabogue Pond be the first we present, since 26 acres on its north and northwest shores were among the first preserved in the greenbelt. In the mid-1970s it was purchased by Suffolk County for open space protection becoming Poxabogue Park. The pond itself, which is about 40 acres in size, and the parkland sit within the boundaries of the Village of Sagaponack, in an area now referred to as North Sagaponack. Close to two-thirds of its shoreline is protected by lands preserved by Suffolk County and the Town of Southampton,
From your car, views of the pond can be enjoyed by taking Poxabogue Lane off Montauk Highway (ARF Thrift Shop on the corner) or take Hildreth Lane off Sagg Road (opposite the Wolffer Winery). Both lanes converge at the southern terminus of Old Farm Road, which leads in less than a mile north to the entrance of Poxabogue Park. You will see the pond to your left as you proceed down Old Farm Road. In William Mulvihill’s South Fork Place Names we are told that the name Poxabogue is derived from Paugasa-baug, meaning “a pond that widens,” which certainly describes the changes in pond surface size that occur during periods of heavy rainfall and drought.
At the park, which you can also get to from the north by taking Narrow Lane to the intersection with Old Farm Road and turning south (park entrance is just south of the railroad bridge), lovely views of the pond are available from the knoll just a few hundred yards in from the small parking area at the entrance. Ken Kindler, Long Island hiking advocate, describes the trail through the park as “a half-mile nature trail…through fields, woods, and wetlands offering an interesting and diverse ecology, quite amazing for such a small parcel of land.” Currently, the path through the field has been obscured by the recent clearing undertaken by Suffolk County Parks as part of it’s Native Grassland Restoration Initiative, but other sections of the trails are clearly marked and accessible.
So if you’re in the mood for a quick nature boost by drinking in the sight of sunlight skipping off water, take the short hike at Poxabogue Park or just steer your car toward Old Farm Road and take a gander at Poxabogue Pond – our Pond of the Month!
-Sandra Ferguson, FLPG VP