Point Woods Loop Trail

Ditch Plains, New York 11964

Point Woods Loop Trail

Point Woods Loop Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Named after a forested area south and east of Oyster Pond, the parkland traveled on the Point Woods Loop leads the hiker and canine companion across the easternmost point of Long Island. Traversing trails in both Camp Hero and Montauk Point State Parks, the Point Woods Trail offers panoramic vistas of ocean bluffs over the Atlantic Ocean, up-close views of the Montauk Lighthouse, and sandy walks along the beach. The trail travels across easy terrain allowing dogs and their owners an opportunity to experience both seaside vegetation as well as a dip in the ocean."

Point Woods Loop Trail Trip Reports

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This trail could be really nice, if it were more traveled and better maintained. The views from ocean bluffs are spectacular, and the lighthouse is picturesque... But the trail is not clearly marked. There are many confusing intersections, and the route description is misleading. We were lost and confused no less than 10 times, and as a result, the hike took nearly 4 hours. Parts of the trail go through tall, scratchy grass. And there are many many ticks out there- Watch out!
The first problem we ran into was at the beginning of the hike. After a short segment through the woods, we passed two huge gun batteries. These were not mentioned in the trail guide at all. We lost the trail here because it veered off into the woods to the right, although the main path continued straight to Camp Hero Road. I can't understand why this wasn't mentioned in the book.
Between this point and when we arrived at the ocean bluffs, there were several unmarked trail/road junctions. The trail guide says to pass through the marked gate to Camp Hero State Park, but if you do that, you end up back where you started. Instead you need to pass BY the gate.
Also, the guide led us to believe we could swim along the way. But realistically, you don't want to swim during the first half of your hike because they you'll be all wet and sandy. And by the time we got to Oyster Pond, we were too frustrated to bother.
I recommend the area (great views- great beaches), but you might be better off driving all the way to the lighthouse and exploring on foot, rather than trying to complete a circuit.

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Trail Information

Ditch Plains
Nearby City
90 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
85 feet
Trailhead Elevation
90 feet
Top Elevation
Montauk Point State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Montauk Point
Local Maps

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