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Todt Hill Woodlands

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A coveted treasure for Todt Hill Community residents, Todt Hill Woods contributes 56.78 acres of richly forested land to the Staten Island Greenbelt, allowing Richmond County residents and neighbors to enjoy invaluable benefits and services. Enhancing the striking natural beauty of what is already known to be a wonderfully diverse site is the Kaufmann Camp, an 18 acre conservation easement created to forever preserve & protect the natural habitat from future development. The area allows for an extremely rewarding experience enjoying recreational activities such as hiking, running, bird watching, nature viewing, and nature photography.


Insuring that the exceptionally picturesque forest within Todt Hill Woods would remain for many generations to come, the New York State Department of Conservation acquired the thick and luscious land in 1989 from the Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of NY, Inc.

Densely cloaking the small mountain ridge for which it derives its name, Todt Hill is alleged to be one of the highest points on the United States' eastern seaboard south of Main and provides incredible vistas to indulge the senses.

The property originally obtained the name "todt" from the Dutch word used for "dead," which at the time referred to a colonial cemetery located near the southwestern foot of the hill that later became what is now the Moravian Cemetery. Certainly thriving and teeming with life today, the name Todt Hill is typically used now to refer to the upscale residential developments strewn across the eastern side of Todt Hill ridge, an area which proved to be a prime location for the creation of the home for the fictional character Don Vito Corleone during the 1972 filming of The Godfather.

The woodlands serve to further embellish the peaceful and secluded landscape, enabling the area's wildlife, along with its residents and neighbors, to enjoy the many ecological, economic, and recreational services the luxurious habitat provides.

Field Notes

Photo of Trees in Todt Hill Woods

Winding through the woodlands and fields is a matrix of twisting trails begging to be explored. Conveniently, the trails later connect with over 25 miles of trails within the Greenbelt, adding to the many possibilities for exploration.

A day trip to the summit will lead you to beautiful views peeking through the tree tops. As you make your way down the paths, be sure to watch for the two small ponds hiding among the forest which offer sweet, cool, relief to the many creatures making their home here by the pools. Indeed, an endless array of recreational activities and adventures are waiting for you within the rustic reprieve that is Todt Hill Woods.

***Stay Safe- Bring A Friend When Out On The Trails***


From the Staten Island expressway take the Todt Hill Road exit and take a left onto Todt Hill Road. Then take a right on Ocean Terrace and a left onto Manor Road. Street side parking available.

State Forest Regulations

For your safety and protection of the property, 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 R2 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

    Important Numbers:

    State Forest Office (M-F 8 am - 4 pm): 718 482 4942
    Emergencies: 911

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