Saint Francis Woodlands
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 2 Long Island City Office: 718-482-4900 (M-F 8:45AM - 4:45PM); firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: Staten Island, Richmond County
- Map: View Saint Francis Woodlands Map || View same map in PDF (1.04 MB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Saint Francis Woodlands encompasses a beautiful and diverse 25 acres of peaceful wooded property on Staten Island. Popular activities include wildlife and nature viewing, bird watching, and nature photography, as well as hiking through the pleasant maze of Greenbelt Trails.
General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
Trail around Priory Pond
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 a half mile long-for exploring its forested hills and upland swamp habitats. In addition, Saint Francis is located near the Robert Moses era Richmond County Parkway, which is adjacent to this property.
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.
General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules and regulations.
At Priory Pond, cast a line for panfish or brown bullhead catfish.
From the Staten Island Expressway, exit for Todt Hill Road. The parking lot for St. Francis Woodlands is located on Helena Road, just off of Todt Hill Road. There is no parking on Todt Hill Road. Priory Pond is located inside St. Mary's facility (500 Todt Hill Road) however, there is no public parking.
The Saint Francis parking lot is located at 40.596264°N, 74.113502°W (Google Maps - leaves DEC website).
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.
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 email@example.com.
Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information
State Lands & Facilities
- Arden Heights Woods
- Bloesser's Pond
- Clay Pit Ponds State Park (leaves DEC website)
- Goethals Pond Complex
- Pouch Camp Conservation Easement
- Todt Hill Woodlands
- Lemon Creek
- Mount Loretto Unique Area
- North Mt Loretto State Forest
- Oakwood Beach
- Old Place Creek
- Sawmill Creek Wetland
- Zuckermann Natural Resource Area
Staten Island Tourism (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.
Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores, and on-line booksellers.
Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.
Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.
More about Saint Francis Woodlands:
- Saint Francis- Map - A map of Saint Francis Woodlands in Staten Island, New York