Conserving Long Islands Working Farms and Natural Lands

Wilson's Grove Preserve

Wilson's Grove

The beautiful and majestic white pine and oak forest of Wilson's Grove preserve, donated to the Trust by Marillyn Wilson in 2008, is a wonderful gift to the community and a vital link of the 45-mile Paumanok Preserve system of trails that runs through Southampton and East Hampton towns to the Montauk Lighthouse. 

"Marillyn's property, Wilson's Grove, is clearly one of the most unique properties on the East End. And her love of that property and her willingness to share it with the public speaks volumes about her humanity," said John v.H. Halsey, President of the Trust. 

Interested in hiking the trails? The trail-head for Wilson's Grove can be found in the Northwest Woods section of East Hampton on Old Northwest Road, just south of the intersection with Northwest Road. The kiosk is on the west side of the road. While enjoying the white pines and oaks, also keep an eye out for Wild Blueberry, Wild Geranium, Mountain Laurel, Wintergreen, Sassafras, Bayberry, Blue-eyed Grass. Click here for a trail map and kiosk information for the preserve. 

***Please join us for a trail hike, scheduled for 10:00 am November 5, 2016, in partnership with the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society. The 3.5 mile walk will begin at the corner of Northwest and Old Northwest Roads in East Hampton, follow the Paumanok Path to visit the bucolic Chatfields Hole, circling around to visit the majestic White Pine Forest at our Wilson's Grove Preserve for refreshments before heading back to the starting point. Space is limited, reservations requested. Just call the Trust at 631.283.3195 or email us at

We are forever grateful to Marillyn for her generosity and her life-long commiment to conservation. 

Please read more of Marillyn's story in our 2002 and 2007 newsletters.