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Sawmill Creek Wetlands

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Sawmill Creek Wetlands consists of a mixture of dense hardwood forests, lush wetlands, and expansive marshland. Visitors to Sawmill Creek can enjoy a variety of recreational activities, including nature and wildlife observation, photography, hiking, and bird watching.

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

Sawmill Creek Wetlands features several trails that are open to hiking.

A Heron On the Grassy Shore


bird viewing

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

Sawmill Creek has carved a series of ravines as it makes its way toward the Arthur Kill on its journey to drain the western portion of Staten Island. One may find a wide assortment of animals, including raccoons, muskrat, and rabbits. The marsh and surrounding wetlands are also a favorite site for several varieties of nesting colonial wading birds including, herons, egrets and ibis.


Sawmill Creek Wetlands may be accessed by taking the West Shore Expressway (Route 440) to either Chelsea Road or Bloomfield Road directly east of the railroad tracks. There are no designated parking areas but street-side parking is available.

  • Sawmill Creek Wetlands: (40.605913°N, 74.190399°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website).

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

view across a field at Sawmill Creek

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 Sawmill Creek Wetlands 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:

  • Most state properties are carry in-carry out facilities, meaning there are no trash cans and you must take your trash out with you when you leave.
  • Unauthorized cutting of live trees or new trail building is prohibited.
  • No hunting is allowed on any Region 2 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.

***Stay Safe - Bring a Friend When Visiting the Property***

Illegal activities are strictly prohibited on state property.

Planning and Management

Wooded Area at Sawmill Creek

DEC is developing a unit management plan which will describe the management activities for public recreation on these lands. In addition to management objectives, the UMP will contain detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural and 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 and Facilities

Where to Find Nearby Amenities

  • Gas, food and other supplies as well as dining and lodging can be found in the nearby community of Staten Island.

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

Numerous guidebooks and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores, and on-line booksellers.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.

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