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Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve

Staten Island, Richmond County

Green frog, Pond, Conttontail rabbit

Watchable Wildlife logo, a pair of binoculars The site of extensive mining for white kaolin clay in the 19th century, the park's abandoned pits are now filled with rain and spring water and add to a unique composite of habitats. In addition to ponds, the preserve comprises wetlands, sand barrens, streams and woodlands. Designated a Bird Conservation Area, Clay Pit Ponds boasts 180 bird species, including 57 species of migratory songbirds.

Wildlife to Watch

  • Broad-winged hawk
  • Black-billed cuckoos
  • Olive-sided flycatchers
  • Box turtles
  • Green frogs
  • White-tailed deer
  • Cottontail rabbits

Where to Watch

  • Nature trails
  • Interpretive center
  • Bridle paths

Recreational Opportunities

  • Birdwatching
  • Nature trails
  • Hiking
  • Equestrian trails
  • Picnicking
  • Recreation programs

Accessible Features

Universal accessibility logo

This NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation site has some accessible features, including an interpretive center and picnic facilities. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.

Size

260 acres

Closest Town

Rossville, Staten Island

Directions

Go to Google Maps, and enter your address for step-by-step directions to Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve. (This link will open a page outside the DEC website. Hold the "Shift" key down, and click on the link to open it in a new window.)

Contact Information

Telephone: 718-967-1976

Address: 83 Nielsen Avenue, Staten Island

Website: Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve (This link leaves DEC's website)

Photo credits: OPRHP