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Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Copyright: - New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Description - Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve is a 260-acre natural area near the southwest shore of Staten Island. A unique variety of habitats offers an opportunity for bird watching, nature walks, educational programming and relaxation in a natural environment. There are even several trails, including equestrian trail available year-round.

Attractions - Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve is a 260-acre natural area 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. Educational programs including nature walks, pond ecology, bird watching and tree and flower identification are offered. School and groups are welcome with advance registration. Picnicking, hiking and horseback riding are also available. There is no horse rental.

Recreation - Clay Pit Ponds Preserve offers a bridle path, hiking trails, a nature trail, picnic tables and expansive education programs. Group programs are offered with advance reservation. The park is open year-round.

Climate - The Clay Pit Ponds area experiences average January temperatures above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average above 72 degrees Fahrenheit (above 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 40 to 44 inches of rain and snowmelt.

Location - Clay Pit Ponds Preserve is on Staten Island, New York. Take the Verranzano Bridge to Interstate 287 West (Staten Island Expressway) to Route 440 South (West Shore Expressway) for about 6 miles to Bloomingdale Road - Exit 3. Turn left onto Bloomingdale Road. Go about 1 miles to Sharrotts Road and turn right. Travel a little less than 1 mile turning right onto Carlin and continuing to the end.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round. (NOTE: Interpretive programs available year-round..)


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Filed By: Christine (Staten Island, NY)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I went to Caly Pit Pond today. What I saw was beautiful, but i wish I saw more. I went to the main entrance and every trail I took was short and led me to a fence that blocked off trails. Why are so many places prohibited in this park? Maybe I was looking in the wrong places. If so please give me some feedback.

Filed By: Rich & Billy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: As a first time visitor, I hiked with a friend who brought hiking sticks which I found very useful. This is a very quiet place with well marked trails. I enjoyed the hike and time spent at Clay Pit Pond. The lady in charge at the visitors house was very helpful. She didn't mind showing us around and gave us some useful flyers. Thanks for the experience, I recommend a visit to this quiet place.


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Contact Information:
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve, 83 Nielsen Avenue , Staten Island, NY, 10309, Phone: 718-967-1976

Additional Information:
New York City Travel Region - As the most populous and popular area of New York, this travel region offers a fabulous opportunity for urban recreation.
New York State Parks - The New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation offers 152 parks, 35 historic sites and 27 golf courses for all tastes, ages and abilities.

Links:
New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation - Official agency Website

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