Preserving Staten's Island's Great Outdoors

Trails, Hiking, Running

2019 High Rock Challenge: Registration opens January 19

Race day is Saturday, April 27, 2019. Two-member teams will compete in mystery events and physical obstacles, which are located throughout the approximately The course is almost entirely on the Greenbelt trail system, with just one (guarded) street crossing. Proceeds from the event help support Greenbelt trail maintenance. The HRC is held in memory of NYPD Officer, John Kelly.

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Winter is here in Greenbelt’s parks and trail system!

Throughout the winter months, there are still vistas to enjoy, however – the air is crisp and it’s a great time to explore.  Visibility is broader and birds nests are revealed in the tree tops.  The Greenbelt is home to a range of gorgeous trees – maple, tulip and sassafras, to name a few.  Walk the trails in the winter sunshine to enjoy the open feeling of the forest and the peace and quiet for which the Greenbelt is known. 

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Multi-use Perimeter Trail: Run, bike, hike or simply stroll

The multi-use trail is more of a path, much wider than the Greenbelt’s wooded trails.  The family-friendly 2.6 mile all-season trail is covered mostly with crushed gravel, gravel dust and screenings. It slopes gently downward as it extends westward from Rockland Avenue along Forest Hill Road to Richmond Avenue. Near the midpoint, a spur of…

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Hiking and Running Trails

There are six major Greenbelt trails that offer diverse hiking experiences for people of all abilities. Four woodland trails, on which bicycles and motorized vehicles are prohibited, are identified by the color of their blaze marks.

Each trail crosses different terrain and offers a unique experience. In drier zones, red and black oaks, tulip, beech and hickory trees are common. Moister soils support red maples, white swamp oak and willow trees. Because of Staten Island’s temperate climate, some traditionally “southern” species – such as persimmon and sweet gum – thrive along the trails.

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