• Get away to Gateway, where you can camp and stay healthy with heart-smart activities. Photo by Sebastiano Privitera; used by permission.

    Gateway

    National Recreation Area NY,NJ

Woodlands and Forests at Gateway

Each of Gateway's three units has a woodland or forest to explore. Sandy Hook has the largest holly forest in the northeastern United States. Great Kills Park on Staten Island hosts a stately white oak forest, while the former municipal airport at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn offers a mixed woodland area. All are great places to see birds and explore trails.

Safety Tips: Stay on the trails. Look out for poison ivy, which thrives in this region. Mosquitos like the forests too. Bring bug spray and use it beforehand. Finally, after your visit, check yourself for any unwanted critters such as ticks.

Did You Know?

World War I recruiting poster for the Coastal Artillery Corps.

All of Gateway NRA's units include sites that defended New York Harbor from attacks from the sea, from the Revolutionary War through World War II. They are Fort Hancock, Fort Tilden, and Fort Wadsworth. Learn about the history of coastal defense by visiting any of these sites. More...