Updated: Jun 17, 2020
You will spot this pond right off Sagg Rd. to your left as you drive into Sag Harbor village. There is a small parking lot where many come to eat lunch and enjoy the scenery from the comfort of their car.
There is currently a storm water mitigation project in course that includes the removal of approximately 150 linear feet of roadway and the existing bulkhead upland of Round Pond. Installation of drainage infrastructure and development of a rain garden to act as a sediment fore bay and filter for the estimated 25,000 cubic feet of storm water that has the ability to enter the Pond from this roadway. The project will also restore a natural shoreline to the pond, this will allow for natural habitat for local species and fauna to thrive and prosper. (INFO FROM SOUTHAMPTON TOWN)
Round Pond, close to seven acres in size and near Sag Harbor, sits a half-mile south of the Jermain Street intersection with Madison Street/Sagg Road. If you want to venture in on a trail there is one a little further south on Sagg Road to Round Pond Lane, where you'll find a trail head at the end of the cul-de-sac. Like all the other ponds of the Greenbelt Long Pond Trail, this Hamptons gem is a coastal plain pond, a remnant of a time when glaciers melted, leaving depressions in the earth. No stream fills Round Pond but rather constant groundwater seepage.
It is possible to swim and snorkel here. To quote Ken Dorph, board member of the Friends of Long Pond Greenbelt,
“The creepiness that many folks associate with ponds lies with the mystery beneath the surface, the goop. Snorkeling brings it alive: the grass waves as if a field, fish poke their heads about, lily pads unfurl like graceful hands - purple before they reach the surface then opening green. I find that if I have flippers on I can always catch the painted turtles if they try to outswim me. If they dive, they are gone… The pond speaks to us of seasons. Ice-skating in winter, hot chocolate in a big pot. Buffle heads when the ice melts. Spring and the ospreys return. In late spring, the beloved dragonflies emerge, leaving their perfect shells on the lily pads. By midsummer they are flitting about in the hundreds, a spray of metallic hues. Thanks to them, we never see mosquitoes. Late afternoon swallows try their luck catching dragonflies. When the sun's rays lengthen the muskrat shuffles about, a furry torpedo…”
Some of the historical highlights at Round Pond remain: dock remnants from the ice house days, an unbroken nineteenth century bottle, a still-sharp flint arrowhead lost by some crestfallen brave.
I particularly enjoy this place on a nice and hot sunny day because there seems to always be a nice breeze here and I can walk there from my house. Enjoy the little video I put together for you guys and keep shining on!
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