South Shore Parks

You'll never believe you're in New York City. Southern Staten Island is a nature lover's paradise, with diverse natural areas and countless recreation opportunities.

Wolfe's Pond Park:

As one of Staten Island's largest parks, Wolfe's Pond Park is a varied outdoor wonderland. With a beautiful beach, wildlife and plant preserves, and active recreation areas, this park is a great place to run, jump, and climb. With 341-acres to explore, visitors can utilize the boat house, beach, playground, and picnic areas.

Clay Pit Ponds Park:
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve is a 260-acre nature preserve that features diverse ecological habitats, such as wetlands, sand barrens, spring-fed streams, and woodlands. More than just a natural wonderland, this park also has a long cultural history showing evidence of the Lenape Indians, European settlers, and the Free Blacks of Sandy Ground. The new Interpretive Center is a great starting place for visitors. From there, you can picnic, hike on designated trails, or go horseback riding on over five miles of bridal paths.

Mt. Loretto:
Unique Nature Preserve: Explore the natural wonder that is the Mt. Loretto State Preserve. Within its 194 acres are five separate ecosystems! In one day visitors can see grasslands, tidal and freshwater wetlands, forests, and Staten Island's coastline. Saved from development in 1998, the distinctive clay bluffs are the last remaining in New York City. This is the perfect place for hiking, beach-combing, horseback riding, bird watching and fishing.

6581 Hylan Blvd., 10309

Blue Heron Park:
This 147-acre park is home to the blue heron bird, which the park is named for. Part of Staten Island's Bluebelt, Blue Heron Pond Park features wetlands, several ponds, and meadows. A birdwatcher's paradise, the park also has a visitors center, hiking trails, picnic areas, and much more.

222 Poillon Avenue, 10312