Long Pond Park
corner of Hylan Boulevard and Richard Avenue, Staten Island, NY


Take Hylan Boulevard exit south from the Verrazano Bridge plaza about 11 miles to Cunningham Road (Mt. Loretto). The entrance is directly across from the intersection of Hylan Boulevard and Cunningham Road.

One way to go: exit 13 (Elizabeth) for US 278 and Goethals Bridge; off the bridge take exit 5 for Route 440 (West Shore Expressway); get off at exit 3 for Bloomingdale Road at mileage marker 20 33 (at light turn left onto the road); heads into Amboy Road; turn left at Page Avenue traffic light (Long Pond Park is on your left along Page Avenue); turn left onto Hylan Boulevard; park on Hylan Boulevard, across from Cunningham Road, Mount Loretto.


The red-blazed trail heads north from its start a short distance west of Richard Avenue and diagonally northeast of Butler Boulevard (intersecting Hylan Boulevard). West of the start of the trail are Buegler Pond and Camden Pond. The trail heads through meadows (filled with switch grass) and heads to Pam's Pond. Shortly north of Pam's Pond, the trail reaches a T-intersection; a counter clockwise circular route goes from here to return here. Heading northeast the hiker goes past the three Kettle Ponds. Heading north brings one to an impressive beech forest. Heading west one heads into a meadow and past Pratt's Pond. Passing Cleaves Swamp one heads southwest back toward the start of the loop trail here. (Britton's Marsh is found west of the trail near the intersection of Amboy Road and Page Avenue.) The path passes between the 5-acre Long Pond on the left and Thoreau Swamp on the right. Farther west of Thoreau Swamp and definitely off the trail is Olmsted Marsh. One reaches the start of the loop trail and then heads back south to the trail's beginning. The trail is a 1.8 mile round trip that is easy walking.

Dick Buegler and members of TBS and Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Albizia julibrissin (silk tree)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Celtis occidentalis (hackberry)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Populus grandidentata (big-tooth aspen)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Aralia spinosa (Hercules' club)
Baccharis halimifolia (groundsel bush)
Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepper bush)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Rhus copallina (winged sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)
Vaccinium pallidum (lowbush blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)

Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Euonymus fortunii (Fortune's euonymus)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Smilax glauca (sawbrier)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Wisteria sp. (wisteria)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Apocynum sp. (dogbane)
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster) *
Comandra umbellata (bastard toadflax) in here
Commelina communis (Asiatic dayflower)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace)
Epifagus virginiana (beech drops)
Eupatorium fistulosum (trumpetweed)
Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)
Galinsoga sp. (gallant soldiers) *
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed)
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Polygonatum sp. (true Solomon's seal)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) *
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Solidago rugosa (rough-leaved goldenrod)

Juncus effusus (soft rush)

Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Panicum virgatum (switch grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)
Tridens flavus (purple top grass)

Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)
Pteridium aquilinum (bracken fern)


On a windy, cloudy, cold day a group of field participants from the Torrey Botanical Society along with a group from the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods met to tour the new parks of the Mt. Loretto conservation area and Long Pond Park. There are a lot of fields at Mt. Loretto. The most blooms came from Aster laevis (smooth aster). A bloom that caught the interest of the group was Malva moschata (musk mallow). Other plants in bloom included Cichorium intybus (chicory), Cirsium vulgare, Linaria vulgaris (butter-and-eggs), Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion), and Trifolium hybridum (pink clover) and T. pratense (red clover).

From the top of the hill we had a great view across Hylan Boulevard of Mt. Loretto and St. Joseph church (where they filmed the christening scene for the "Godfather" film). From here we proceeded down to the beach area making our way to the Dorothy Fitzpatrick Fishing Pier. Here were the shrubs Amorpha fruticosa (false indigo), Baccharis halimifolia (groundsel bush), Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive), Iva frutescens (marsh elder), and Rosa rugosa (wrinkled rose), along with the vine Strophostyles helvula (trailing wild bean). Some of the interesting herbaceous plants were Abutilon theophrasti (velvet leaf), Cycloloma atriplicifolium (winged pigweed), Datura stramonium (jimsonweed) and Xanthium strumarium (clotbur). Here also was the planted Maclura pomifera (osage orange).

From the fishing pier we walked back along Hylan Boulevard to the entrance for Mt. Loretto where we ate our lunch. After lunch we toured Long Pond Park to the west and in back of the church complex at Mt. Loretto.

At Long Pond Park we took the red-blazed trail to Pam's Pond and then continued north to an asphalt road leading east to Cunningham Road and the Mt. Loretto church complex. From here we explored a beech forest area. Among the trees here were Albizia julibrissin (silk tree), Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum), and Populus grandidentata (big-tooth aspen). In some areas there were great number of Wisteria sp. (wisteria) plants. Another vine in the area was Smilax glauca (sawbrier). We did not see any ferns in the Mt. Loretto conservation area, but here we found three ferns: Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern), Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern), and Pteridium aquilinum (bracken fern).

Total attendance was 16. Some of the participants were Lauren Christie, Patrick and Rosemary Cooney, Judith Fitzgerald, Angela Fumando, Joyce Hyon, Ann Lazarus, Grace Long, Sarah-David Rosenbaum, and Robert Silverman. The trip leader was Dick Buegler.