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Arden Heights Woods is comprised of 8 acres of forested freshwater wetlands. The view of the forest stand provides a unique experience in Staten Island where undeveloped forested land is rare. A single-track footpath leads into the property from Woodrow Road. It leads to the western edge of the property and the pond. This is a popular destination for hiking, bird-watching, nature viewing and photography. The property is located adjacent to Arden Heights Woods Park, another class 1 wetland owned by New York City, which provides an additional 183-acre nature sanctuary amidst a bustling urban environment.

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

Along with a hiking trail which begins on Woodrow Road, another single track footpath runs through the woods connecting Arden Heights to the trails within a neighboring municipal park. Many area residents have taken advantage of this convenient arrangement, and consequently become quite fond of using this area for bird watching, dog-walking, leisurely strolls, nature study, wildlife viewing, photography, and simply as an open space retreat.

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


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

Arden Heights Woods is largely composed of a somewhat primitive-feeling forested wetland currently included in the Blue-Belt program.

Within this property, a stream slowly meanders through the trees leading toward a large woodland pond, allowing for an abundance of plants and wildlife to thrive.

The hardwood forest surrounding the wetland further contributes to the already diverse habitat available within Arden Heights, which, together with the adjacent marsh attracts an incredible assortment of wildlife including hawks, owls, warblers and sparrows, as well as spring peepers, tree frogs, salamanders, along with a variety of small mammals.

One of the unique geologic features identified within Arden Heights Woods is a ground moraine that was created from glacial till derived from Upper Triassic and Lower Jurassic shale and sandstone. The ground moraine was created during the Wisconsinan glacial period and is part of the Harbor Hill moraine, which deposited material in a distinct northwest-southeasterly band across Staten Island.


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Arden Heights can be accessed off of Woodrow Road. There is no designated parking, but vehicles can be parked on the shoulder of Woodrow Road. (40.558106°N, 74.180493°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.

All users of Arden Heights 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 property.
  • 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 Arden Heights Woods

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Southern Staten Island Unit Management Plan. In addition to management objectives, the UMP contains 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

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands & Facilities

Lodging and dining opportunities as well as gas, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Pleasant Plains, Heartland Village and Great Kills.

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

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