Staten Island
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Staten Island, New York City 

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Clay Pit Ponds Park

Located in the southwestern corner of Staten Island is the 260-acre (104 ha) Clay Pit Ponds State Park, the only state park on Staten Island. The park was once a mining area for white kaolin clay in the 19th century, from which the park gets its name. Main use for the mined clay was for manufacturing firebricks, used to build many of the older buildings seen in New York City today. The park has a diverse landscape featuring woodlands, wetlands, ponds, streams, and sand barrens. There are two designated areas within the park set aside for endangered species and therefore off-limits to the public.

There is a diversity of flora ay Clay Pit including pine wood, cranberry, lizard-tail, possumhaw, and bog twayblade. The park is also home to various species of wildlife including amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Deers are regularly seen, and the park popular with birdwatchers with more than 170 species of birds making their home here. Several trails offer opportunities for hiking and nature walks. There is also a five mile (6 km) equestrian trail for horseback riding but there is no horse rental here.  

Location: Off the West Shore Expressway.

Website: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation


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