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Saint Francis Woodlands encompasses a beautiful and diverse 25 acres of peaceful wooded property in Staten Island, Richmond County. Popular activities include wildlife and nature viewing, bird watching, nature photography, as well as hiking through the pleasant maze of Greenbelt Trails.

Featured Activities

Hiking

Foot-bridge on a trail at St Francis Woodlands
hiking

General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

As part of the Staten Island Greenbelt, one of the largest urban nature preserves in the United States, St. Francis Woodlands provides visitors with three trails-all less than one-half-mile-long-for exploring its forested hills and upland swamp habitats. In addition, Saint Francis is located nearby the Robert Moses era Richmond County Parkway, adjacent to this property.

***Stay Safe- Bring a Friend When Out On the Trails***

Wildlife Viewing

General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

Peacefully observing or photographing nature is a favored pastime in the woodlands. A small dam at the main stream's beginning allows visitors an opportunity to catch a glimpse of many small reptiles and amphibians.

Viewing platform at Saint Francis Woodlands

Directions

From the Staten Island Expressway, exit for Todt Hill Road. Parking on Todt Hill is not available. Parking is available in the residential area on Helena Road and at the trail head at the end of Helena Road.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Saint Francis Woodlands must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

For your safety and protection of the resource, the following regulations are in place:

  • All State Forests are Carry in Carry Out facilities.
  • Unauthorized cutting of live trees or new trail building is prohibited.
  • No hunting is allowed on any Region 2 NYS DEC properties.
  • Fishing is allowed in compliance with State regulations.
  • No camping is allowed.
  • Keep pets under control and on leash while other forest users are around.
  • Unauthorized use of off-road motorized vehicles is prohibited. This includes cars, trucks, ATVs, and motorcycles.

How We Manage Saint Francis Woodlands

DEC is developing a unit management plan (UMP) which will describe the management activities for these lands. In addition to management objectives, the UMP will contain detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us at r2.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands & Facilities

NYC Tourism (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.


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