Trail

Green Trail, Moses' Mountain, New York

Staten Island, NY
Length: 2.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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ACTIVITIES: Hiking, birding

LENGTH OF HIKE: 2 miles

OUT AND BACK OR LOOP: Out and back

DIFFICULTY OF TERRAIN: Moderate

ELEVATION GAIN: 200 feet

PARKING FEE/PASS: No

TOILETS: No

CHANGING TABLE: No

NURSING BENCHES: No

DOGS ALLOWED: Yes

BIKES/HORSES/MOTORS ON TRAIL: No

DRINKING WATER AVAILABLE: No

POTENTIAL CHILD OR BABY HAZARDS: Uneven terrain, can be muddy, ticks

GEAR SUGGESTIONS: Water

The Green Trail is the Hike it Baby Staten Island pick because it is a friendly hike leading to Moses’ Mountain, with many interesting spots that are toddler height. This is part of the Greenbelt Trail system, which boasts six greenbelts to travel on and explore with terrain that will work for all abilities and access needs. Whether you’re on a bike, in a wheelchair, tandem-wearing kids, or leading a new walker down the trail, there’s something for everyone here. Four of the greenbelt trails are walking only.

What we love about this trail are huge, hollowed-out oak trees to poke your head in, board walkways to venture across muddy spots, and a few streams with short bridges that are fun for watching stream life float by and for jumping off the end onto the trail.

Thanks to Staten Island’s temperate climate, there are also trees like persimmon and sweet gum that one would expect only in the South. In the spring and summer months, there are vernal pools, which are breeding grounds where you can see tadpoles and salamanders grow. The stumps and roots of trees are great places to
observe a multitude of crawly things, such as beetles, centipedes, a few varieties of ants, worms, etc.

A variety of birds also call the green belt home. Expect to see chipmunks, gray and black squirrels, and the occasional deer. As you climb the gentle mountain, there are many excellent nature stopping points along the way.

Once you reach the top of Moses’ Mountain, you can see all the way to New Jersey on a clear day. There are large rocks suitable for sitting, feeding, or changing a diaper. The only slight hazard you might find is one spot on the trail that crosses Manor Road. It is well signed, and rumble strips and a pedestrian crossing have been put in. There shouldn’t be any issue crossing, but it’s worth noting. Every so often you might see a dog or bike on the trail, so just be aware if your little one is running ahead. Of course, like most of the East Coast, ticks are a concern when it’s
over 50 degrees.

INSIDER’S TIP
Staten Island and most likely these walking areas were home to famed naturalist Henry David Thoreau in the summer of 1843. He lived here with his friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson, tutoring his three children. Apparently he spent every morning
walking through the area, exploring the landscape, and recording things such as the “17-year locust,” a hatching of cicadas that happens en masse every 13
to 17 years.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Elevation gain 200 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

Trail highlights

WHY IT’S A FAVORITE
“This hike is enjoyed by hikers of many ages. The first and last lengths are manageable for little legs with a great many things to look at, plants and critters alike. The climb has a wide trail, which makes it easier to manage with kids, and the view at the top is gorgeous!” —SHANNON RINELLI

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Hike it Baby Trail Guide is managed by the Family Trail Guide team. If a trail has been “abandoned” by the initial owner, it gets adopted by the team. Also, if there are no trails in the area, the Family Trail Guide team researches trails that are family friendly in the area to insure that hikes cover all areas where Hike it Baby hikes.

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