This is truely a unique park on Staten Island containing sand barrens, woodlands, spring-fed streams, ponds and wetlands. They have guided tours and horse back riding trails of over 5 miles. If you like hiking and a bit of History, try this park.
Check the web site provided for more detailed information.
at Mount Loretto, Home of the Immaculate Virgin
About Mount Loretto
At one point the City decided to make a shorter path from the Richmond Parkway to the Staten Island Expressway near the old College of Staten Island. As usual with NYC they either ran out of money or decided against it. There are now grounds that can be explored.
The same person who I linked about the abandoned ship yards explored this site and has done a wonderful job here.
Here is his Site
At Southern most Staten Island is an abandoned shipyard. There are all kinds of older ships; like ferries, tug boats and cargo ships wrecked here. At one time they were attached to a dock but the dock has since collapsed. At low tides you can actually get quite close to a tug boat.
Be careful, as the water recedes the "mud" can be quite tricky.
There is a guy who has explored this place quite extensively. Below are his web links.
History of Abandoned Ship yard
This place does not have an address but I am giving you Directions to a place close to it.
Home of the Blue Heron bird which this park is named after. Come to this Park for a nice hike through the woods of Staten Island. There is a pond with walking bridge and trails to follow. Guided tours are availble at 12 noon and 4PM On Saturday and Sunday. Park is closed on Mondays.
There is a bird feeding station within this park.