Clay Pit Ponds State Park

Clay Pit Ponds State Park, located in Staten Island, NY, is a unique educational and recreational resource for Staten Island residents. Nature trails provide views of ponds, swamps, marshes, meadows, oak-hickory forests, an Atlantic white cedar swamp forest, sedge meadow wetlands, and freshwater tidal marsh.

The park’s diverse habitats support a variety of wildlife, including over 200 species of birds that inhabit or migrate through the park. Among these are great blue herons, wood ducks, great egrets, hawks, and osprey. The park has a signature trail called Quarry Trail which features interpretive exhibits along the way that explain the history of quarrying at this site in Staten Island.

Clay Pit Ponds State Park History

Around 1848, sandstone was discovered in the region known today as Clay Pit Ponds. The sandstone was used in the construction of government buildings in Washington, DC. It is believed that hundreds of workers worked at this site delivering stone by Staten Island railroad and transporting it to barges waiting along the Arthur Kill. By 1855, about 75 laborers were employed digging the pits in search of sandstone. At the time, the area was covered with pine trees and surrounded by rural farmland.

The quarrying operations ceased in 1910, leaving an abandoned site of over 100 acres of pits which are now ponds. However, the legacy of the industry remains at this site today through its deep ravines that drain into Arthur Kill. The land was purchased by the State of New York in 1929 for use as a state park. It is the only undeveloped section of Staten Island’s South Shore that has not been developed into a residential or commercial property.

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Facilities

Clay Pit Ponds State Park offers trails for hiking, jogging, and wildlife viewing. Visitors can also observe various wildlife including red-winged blackbirds, white-tailed deer, and many species of small mammals. Naturalists offer guided nature walks along the park’s trails to get close to nature and learn about Staten Island’s wildlife. Special events are hosted at the Park throughout the year including Spring Wildflower Walks, junior ranger workshops, family fun days, etc.

Clay Pit Ponds State Park is a designated site on the New York State Birding Trail.

The park offers fishing and crabbing in tidal waters along Arthur Kill. The park has a boat ramp that provides access to shallow water for launching small boats. A field with horseshoe pits is also available for rental through the park’s reservation system.

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Details

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve is a 265-acre state park located near the southwestern shore of Staten Island, New York. It is the only state park located on Staten Island. Wikipedia

Address: 83 Nielsen Ave, Staten Island, NY 10309

Phone: (718) 967-1976

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GO 4 Junk Removal Staten Island is located at 83 Meisner Ave, Staten Island, NY 10306. From Clay Pit Ponds State Park, Head southwest on Carlin St toward Storer Ave, then go left onto Sharrotts Rd, then go right onto Veterans Rd W, now go left onto Eaglewood Ave, then go right onto Veterans Rd E, take another right onto Bloomingdale Rd and then go left onto Drumgoole RD E, now take the ramp on the left to Richmond Ave/Korean War Vets Pkwy N and then merger onto Korean War Veterans Pkwy, now time to exit on the left toward Drumgoole Rd W, then keep driving onto Drumgoole Rd W and then go right onto Arthur Kill Rd, then make another right onto Richmond Rd. After a few miles ahead go left onto Lighthouse Ave, then take a slight right onto London Rd. Almost arrived, make a final right turn onto Meisner Ave and the go left to reach your desired destination.

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