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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 binocularsThe 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

International Symbol of Accessibility

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.


260 acres

Closest Town

Rossville, Staten Island


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Contact Information

Telephone: 718-967-1976

Address: 83 Nielsen Avenue, Staten Island NY 10309

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

Photo credits: OPRHP