Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve

Park Overview:

Interesting glacial deposits of colorful sands and clay, as well as reserved unique areas.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Bridle path
Dogs:No dogs
Trail Miles:9.5 miles
Park Acreage:260 acres
New York City/Richmond/NY
Park Description:

The preserve has undeveloped ponds, bogs, sandy barrens, woodlands, spring-fed streams, and a nature center to interpret them all. The most unique feature may be glacial deposits of cretaceous sands and clay that are still visible in the park in a range of colors and thicknesses.

Trails Overview:

Only 2.5 miles of trail is available for hiking, the balance are open to equestrian use only.


From the Staten Island Expressway west to Route 440 south. Exit at Bloomingdale Rd. -left. Right onto Sharrottes Rd, right onto Carlin Nielsen Ave.  There is parking at the administration building at No. 83. Or take the S74 bus to Sharrotts Rd. left to Carlin St. to Nielsen Ave.

Contact Information:New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Region:New York City