North Mt Loretto State Forest
North Mount Loretto State Forest encompasses 94 acres of wetland and upland forest in Staten Island, Richmond County. It is a beautiful and pleasant area for experiencing wide-open plains amidst a concrete jungle. Hikers, bird watchers, and nature lovers of every sort will relish in the countless opportunities to explore and enjoy the world within North Mount Loretto.
North Mt. Loretto State Forest was recently added to the list of properties placed under the stewardship of the NYSDEC through the collaborative efforts and aid of The Trust for Public Land (TPL), a nonprofit land conservation organization, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. North Mt. Loretto will complement neighboring Mount Loretto Unique Area, located just south of the property, in bringing continued biological diversity and recreational enjoyment to the area.
Encompassing a small, but wildly diverse terrain, North Mount Loretto State Forest is a refreshingly green haven which aides significantly in the protection of valuable watershed, flood and storm water control, sediment protection, and erosion prevention. As a result, critical habitat is preserved and allows for both plants and wildlife to flourish.
The Mill Creek freshwater wetland, which covers roughly 42 acres of the property, brings the landscape to life with exquisite aesthetics teeming with life. The creek's south branch originates within the property and gently winds its way past a series of small springs, channels, and vernal pools.
In addition, another wetland complex beset amongst a vibrant collection of red maple and oak provides an ideal location for the nature observer, birder, or weary wanderer to come and feast their tired eyes. Many trails conveniently criss-cross through this stunning hardwood section, providing each visitor with a small glimpse into the otherwise secret "nature" of the woods. Species such as the gray tree frog, pickerel frog, green frog, and red-backed salamander can be found among the sedges and rush, while the wood thrush, tufted titmouse, and American redstart can be seen dwelling amongst the trees.
***Stay Safe- Bring a Friend When Out On the Trails***
Access to North Mt. Loretto may be obtained by following the directions to Mt. Loretto Unique Area (designated parking is not directly available from this site, however, may be accessed from the shoulder of Amboy Road, or from Mt. Loretto Unique Area):
On I 278, take the exit for 440 South (West Shore Expressway). Take the last exit (exit # 1) on 440 South (just before the Outerbridge Crossing). At the end of the ramp there will be a traffic light, make a right. At the next intersection, take another right. At the traffic light, make a third right. This puts you on Page Avenue. Follow Page Ave until Hylan Blvd (go through four traffic lights, the fifth light is Hylan Blvd.) Take a LEFT on to Hylan Blvd and the parking lot for Mt. Loretto will be about 3/4 mile along Hylan Blvd on the right side.
Or, off the Verrazano Bridge, you can take the exit for Hylan Blvd and follow that south until you come to Mt. Loretto (the parking lot will be on the left coming this way).
State Forest Regulations
For your safety and protection of the resource, the following regulations are in place:
- All State Properties are Carry in Carry Out facilities.
- Unauthorized cutting of live trees or new trail building is prohibited.
- Keep pets under control and on leash while other forest users are around.
- Unauthorized use of motor vehicles is prohibited. This includes cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs.
- No hunting on any Region 2 properties.
- Fishing is allowed in compliance with State regulations.
- No camping.