Greenbelt (Staten Island)
Staten Island, NY 10314
Village Voice's Description
At over 2800 acres of land, the Greenbelt dwarfs New Yorkas famous Central Park. With trails, summer day camps to send kids to, and hiking, the Greenbelt offers a lot of what the smaller parks in the more urban areas cannot. It is free, of course, and there are a ton of great programs.
Hours: Daily except for major holidays
Tips from foursquare
Fall Foliage: Stroll through one of the last undisturbed forests in the city, where oak, hickory, beech, maple, tulip and even rare species of fern, boldly color the park during this season.
Discover Staten Island’s vast preserves of natural spaces on the 4-mile Red Trail that crosses over Buck’s Hollow, Heyerdahl Hill, the northern edge of LaTourette golf course and Lighthouse Hill.
Winner of Best Urban Hike in the Village Voice 2011 Best Of issue! Read up on some of the ghost stories in the area before you go.
This 2,800-acre nature preserve offers approximately 35 miles of hiking trails. There are stretches where the sounds of passing cars are replaced by birdcalls and all you can see is green.
Before setting off on the 35 miles of trails in the Greenbelt system, it's worth paying a visit to the staffed nature center, which has maps and information on programs and activities.