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.Read More
By MICHAEL W. DOMINOWSKI The Greenbelt Conservancy The little bench was nearly as old as the Greenbelt path it sat beside. To most who came to visit, the bench had always been there, almost like the forest. And though it was small and rather homely, the bench came to have many friends. Serious hikers…Read More
By KENNETH SACCARO The Richmond Country Club (RCCC) 124-acre golf course sits in the heart of the Greenbelt. It will forever be a green oasis thanks to a deal that was brokered in 1989 between Club members and New York State. The state, using funds from the 1986 Environmental Quality Bond Act, purchased the property…Read More
By MICHAEL W. DOMINOWSKI The Greenbelt Conservancy I was making my way along the Blue Trail. Recent rains had turned a short bit of the popular Staten Island Greenbelt hiking path into a shallow, narrow – and very slippery – V-shaped ditch. Which, of course, invited my foot to partake of its greasy qualities. My…Read More
By ELIZABETH SEDER The chaotic Rolodex in my mind rifled through the faces of friends from days long past, friends who hiked to save this glorious Greenbelt in the 1960’s. An image was fixed: that of Jean Roland serving pea soup at the end of a hike – Jean with Barbara Lamberton, and their husbands,…Read More