A year round 3/4 mile scenic walking trail within Hither Hills State Park in Montauk becomes a cranberry seeker’s paradise in October and November. The unique combination of wetlands and forest with breathtaking views of Napeague Harbor is surely a treasure worth visiting.
The dunes are called “Walking Dunes” because strong winds cause them to move. The sand has killed most of the forest plants and trees, and it is thought that eventually this forest will become completely buried. The existing forest has found its way with its deep roots finding ground water deep beneath the sand.
A large freshwater wetland in the center of the tall dunes holds cranberry plants, which many visitors make an annual trip for in preparation for Thanksgiving.
When people are not around, the scenery is enjoyed by foxes, mice, deer and a wide variety of birds. Walkers are advised to stay on the trail due to hazards such as Poison Ivy and ticks.
source: East Hampton Patch