Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve

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Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve

New York

(718) 967-1976

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Overview

July-September 2014 Events

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve is a 265-acre nature preserve near the southwest shore of Staten Island. It contains a variety of unique habitats, such as wetlands, ponds, sand barrens, spring-fed streams and woodlands. The preserve is managed to retain its unique ecology and to provide educational and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. Evidences of the Leni Lenape Indians, European settlers and the Free Blacks of Sandy Ground provide a rich cultural history. Educational programs, such as nature walks, pond ecology, birdwatching and tree and flower identification, are offered, as are many activities geared to school children. School and group programs are also welcome by advance registration. In addition, visitors may picnic or hike on designated trails. Horseback riding is also permitted on over 5 miles of bridal paths. Please note that horses are not available to rent.

The Interpretive Center at Clay Pit Ponds is now open to the public. This fully accessible building features interpretive displays of the history of the park and of its natural elements. The park's educational and community programs will take place in the interpretive center located at 2351 Veteran's Road West Staten Island, NY 10309 Phone: (718) 605-3970

Map of Clay Pit Ponds Preserve (NY)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.542389, -74.236671

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Activities

  • Hiking

    Visitors may picnic or hike on designated trails.

  • Historic Sites

    The preserve offers guided walks and educational programs year round.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is also permitted on over 5 miles of bridal paths. Please note that horses are not available to rent.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is allowed.

Seasonality/Weather

For information about local area weather, please visit: http://www.weather.com/weather/today/10309.

Directions

Driving

By Car: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Staten Island Expressway west to Rt.440 south. Exit at Bloomingdale Rd. Left on Bloomingdale Rd. to Right on Sharrotts Rd. to Carlin St. Right on Carlin St. to Nielsen Ave.

By Bus: Take #S74 bus from Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George approximately 14 miles to Sharrotts Rd. Walk east on Sharrotts Rd. to Carlin St. Left on Carlin St. to Nielsen Ave.

By S.I. Rapid Transit: Staten Island Rapid Transit to Atlantic Station. Take the S74 bus on Arthur Kill Rd. towards St. George to Sharrotts Rd. Walk east on Sharrotts Rd. to Carlin St. Left on Carlin to Nielsen Ave.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(718) 967-1976

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