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Mount Loretto Unique Area is an open space reserve and nature preserve administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on the South Shore of Staten Island, New York City. The area's total size is 241 acres (98 ha), of which 49 acres (20 ha) is underwater.Use our Staten Island trip planning app to visit Mount Loretto Unique Area on your trip to Staten Island, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Mount Loretto Unique Area reviews
I walked around to remember my days growing up on the girl's side before the two buildings were burned down. There were so many memories. I learned to swim in Princess Bay. Boy...the water was icy...
I walked around to remember my days growing up on the girl's side before the two buildings were burned down. There were so many memories. I learned to swim in Princess Bay. Boy...the water was icy... more »
This is really a unique and special place. Birdwatchers and nature lovers and people that just want to go for some easy hiking trails will really love visiting here. Many turtles over in the pond...
This is really a unique and special place. Birdwatchers and nature lovers and people that just want to go for some easy hiking trails will really love visiting here. Many turtles over in the pond... more »
My first time there and I can't imagine why I waited so long to go! A beautiful, well kept respite from the noise and hustle of Hylan Blvd. As you get deeper in, you can immerse yourself in nature and just enjoy some downtime. There is coastal area, woodlands, wetlands, a beautiful lake, and paved paths throughout. There is a picnic Pavillion right on the bluff that overlooks a stunning coastal view. As a person who is physically challenged, I was pleasantly surprised at the accessibility of most areas. The only thing I found to be an issue, is that if you do walk the entire path in a loop, the only way back to the parking lot is unpaved. Either the woodland trail or the public "sidewalk" area will get you back, but they are both unpaved and difficult to navigate if you have any physical challenges. If you were to double back on the paved path, it is nearly a 2 mile walk back to your car. A paved path or an actual sidewalk outside the fence would be a great addition. Overall, my husband and I LOVED MLUA, and plan on going back often.
One of the best parks on the island. Great for waking, running, biking, bird watching and even a picnic. There are even decent hiking trails that are short but pleasent. The views are great and it's very very well maintained. The only issue is that the parking lot is small and it gets busy on nice days.
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