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Forest Park

Woodhaven, Queens Co.

A frog in the water, a pond at Forest park and a racoon sleeping in a tree

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Look for hawks, songbirds, wading birds and a variety of small mammals while roaming the nature trails and wetlands of this largest continuous wooded area in Queens County, with many trees more than 150 years old.

Wildlife to Watch

  • Red-tailed hawks and eastern screech owls
  • Great blue herons and great egrets
  • Cerulean, yellow-throated and mourning warblers
  • Raccoons, chipmunks and gray squirrels
  • Bull frogs and bluegills
  • Paper wasps; many varieties of butterflies and dragon flies

Where to Watch

  • Mature oak, mixed deciduous and coniferous forest
  • Strack Pond: a restored glacial kettle pond
  • Wetlands and vernal pools

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking and nature trails
  • Bicycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Visitor center (accessible)
  • Picnic grounds
  • Playgrounds (four are accessible), sports fields, golf course and a carousel

Accessible Features

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This New York City Department of Parks and Recreation site has accessible features that include a visitors center and playgrounds. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.


538 acres (274 acres of which are set aside as "Forever Wild")

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Contact Information

Telephone: 718-235-4100
One Forest Parkway, Woodhaven, NY 11421
Website: Forest Park (This link leaves the DEC website)

Photo Credits: NYSDEC, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, NYSDEC