Been coming here for 30 years. Never get tired of it. Now there are deer....with antlers! If you're using public transportation you can access the park from many directions. Take the S74 down Richmond Rd to Altamont street (right at the edge of Moravian Cemetery). Walk up the street (inclined) about 4 blocks. Enter at the end alongside the cemetery fence. Or take the S74 or S57 to Summit St. Walk up the hill just before the dead end and enter from the old abandoned parking closed now closed off. Or take the S57 or S54 to get to the Nature Center at Rockland and Brielle. Not really High Rock but even less travelled and more secluded. Goes a lot deeper into the Greenbelt towards the back of the Latourette golf course. But for a real treat enter High Rock from the now recently shuttered Fransciscan Monastery on Todt Hill Road just off of Ocean Terrace. Take the S54 to Manor and Ocean Terrace. Walk up the hill. Right on Todt Hill Road and enter on your right. There are no sidewalks for most of the twenty minute climb but its worth it. If you like your seclusion then save your walk for post or pre summer (October to May). The nearby boy scout camp, though no longer in use per se, still hosts children's activities during the warmer months and hikers should avoid crossing their path. Also better to go during the week. Please please please take your trash with you! I'm sure I don't have to say this on this website but in recent years there's been more of it just carelessly and thoughtlessly discarded right on the trail. And it breaks my heart because this place is my church. I come here for refuge and to heal. Come and explore the forgotten borough's secret gem!
Nice urban trail system, feels like your in the deep woods once your away from the main road. Great place to have a relaxing hike in Staten Island. Many more trails here than what is listed on this website. Lookup SI Greenbelt online to get the pdf map.
Can you beat trails in the heart of Staten Island? Few people use the trails and I tend to run into more deer then I do people. The trails are not hard nor much elevation but are a blast for trail running with enough curves rocks and trees to keep you on your toes.
I give it 5 stars for a NYC trail. Parts of this trail you can't hear any of the traffic noise and a lot of the time you are alone. No where in NYC can you be alone and have peace and quiet. This trail has easy elevation changes and unless you have knee problems no healthy person should have trouble with this trail. I frequent this trail since it is within walking distance to my house. Be wary of ticks and allowing your dog to run free last time my father in law did so she had 2 ticks on her.
I now live in las cruces new mexico , a small city located in the desert close to the border with mexico about a 40 miles drive west on freeway I -10 from el paso. but while living at a homeless shelter in downtown brooklyn new york after my twice bi-coastal odyssey; having originally lived in southbury connecticut I sorely missed going hiking and seeing deer/ other wildlife besides a few squirrels and yes, the RAT ! I took the staten island ferry , easily accessible from the # 4,5,6 subway trains as well as the M-15 select bus [ get off at battery park in crowded manhattan ] , over to new york city's " forgotten borough" of staten island; then boarded the staten island railway local to great kills station. from there I took the S-54 bus and got off on that 98 degree summer's day at the walgreens just past the corner of manor rd. and ocean terrace [ the stop to get off closest to 410 foot elevation tote hill ] I then walked toward tote hill rd. a very busy road which has no sidewalks [ the sidewalk ends halfway up ocean terrace]. I came to the entrance of the staten island greenbelt trail. a trail marked with blue blazes that begins on ocean terrace just west of tote hill road. looking for tote hill, I followed this trail to st. francis seminary and then headed back. a few days later I returned , this time accessing the trail by turning right off ocean terr. , walking three blocks south , then turning left and walking toward the radio/cell phone tower placed atop tote hill. following the rolling blue trail into the deep, lush green forest of mixed maples and scrub oaks, I continued on and took the side trail marked in yellow blazes; a trail which passes a kettle hole pond and then loops around by the oceanview cemetery before returning to the blue greenbelt trail. I then turned right and continued on to the wooden platform overlook by richmond country club; one which offers the best views of the " town" of new dorp as well as the atlantic ocean in the distance. returning to blue trail , downhill along the golf course I hiked ; all the way into the high rock nature center. it passes between two more ponds at the foot of tote hill; along with the oceanview cemetery where mafia kingpin paul castallano is reportedly buried. from there I continued through the conservation center- a place which has many more trails to hike- to a paved road by some picnic tables. I then followed the road which becomes nevada ave. down a STEEP HILL back to brielle ave where I waited for the S-54 / S-57 bus to take me back to the staten island railway in great kills. while hiking I smelled what a hunter I knew years ago while living in newtown, connecticut told me was " deer piss" ; the scent of white-tailed deer urine which indicates the presence of deer in the area ! I did not see any deer, but upon getting back to that shelter on tillary street in overcrowed brooklyn , I looked up " deer in staten island? " and " deer in new york city? " and sure enough there was a story about how deer are now returning to staten island in increasing numbers ! the great thing about this particular hike is that it is well within reach of the new york city dweller who , unlike myself , does NOT own an automobile ! NOTE: the S-54 bus does not run on either saturday or sunday ; the S-57 runs on a limited schedule. contact www.mta.info for more details.