Clove Lakes Park
GOOD FOR: All Ages
RATING:


Source:Outdoors with Kids New York City (AMC Books)
Address:1150 Clove Road, Staten Island, NY
Hours:Dawn to dusk daily
Fee: Free
Contact:

nycgovparks.org/parks/CloveLakesPark; call 311 or 718-390-8000

Bathrooms: Lake Club, near the park entrance
Water/Snacks: The Lake Club restaurant; food vendor near the playground and ball fields at the park entrance
Map:

USGS Jersey City and The Narrows; nycgovparks.org/parks/CloveLakesPark/map


A “Forever Wild” site nestled within the busy streets of Staten Island’s south shore, this park features a paved, blazed trail along the lake, where you can rent paddle boats.

Paved trails, studded with scenic overlooks, take you around the lovely lakes of this park.
Photo by: Cheryl and William de Jong-Lambert

Clove Lakes Park offers nearly 200 acres of green space as one of New York City’s 51 “Forever Wild” sites. Deemed the most ecologically valuable lands, these parcels are protected by the state constitution from sale or development. Clove Lakes earned this designation thanks to its attractive outcroppings of serpentine rock (so named for its green color and snakeskin texture) and the presence of what is reputedly the oldest living thing on Staten Island—a 107- foot tulip tree more than 300 years old, located in the northwest section of the park.

From the corner of Martling Avenue and Clove Road, follow the paved paths lined with old-growth trees leading either northwest or southeast into the park. Easy-to-follow paved paths and a network of dirt trails take you around the park and up and down hills that encircle its signature lakes. The section of the park south of Martling Avenue features a bridge that traverses lovely artificial waterfalls.

To teach children how to read trail signs, follow the innermost blue-blazed trail that hugs the southern lake. Many entry and exit points to this paved and pleasantly hilly route are along the way.

From May to October, you can rent paddleboats at the Lake Club for $10 per hour. The outdoor World War II Veterans War Memorial Ice Skating Rink, on Victory Boulevard west of Clove Road, is open in winter. Call 718-720-1010 or 718-720-1014 for schedule and details. Admission is $8, and skate rentals are $5. Remember: You cannot ride bikes on the paths that circle the lakes. Cycling is restricted to Clove Road and Victory Boulevard.

Plan B:

The Staten Island Zoo at 614 Broadway is a fifteen-minute walk northwest of the park. It features an aquarium and habitats as diverse as a rain forest and a New England farm, complete with a petting zoo.

Where to Eat Nearby:

A number of restaurants are outside the Staten Island Mall, at Richmond Avenue and Ring Road.



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