High Rock Park on Staten Island is stunning. At a hair over 90 acres in size, it’s the smallest park I’ve visited in this area, but what it lacks in acreage, it makes up for in just about every other way. There is nothing predictable about this glorious little park – the trails take you up steep inclines and drop you suddenly down into quiet clearings with crystal clear ponds that catch the light and take your breath away. It is touted as being one of the most tranquil places in New York City, and I can attest to that. It was such a joy to completely and utterly escape the noise of traffic that seems to be part and parcel of life in the big city. I didn’t honestly believe it would be possible, but I stood quietly in the depths of these woodlands and strained to make out even the faintest suggestion of the metropolis that lay beyond. Nothing. Just the creak of trees swaying in the gentle breeze, the murmur of water, the rustle of birds in the leaves and the crackle of squirrels foraging in the undergrowth. It was delightful, delicious, decadent and lots of other delectable words beginning with the letter d. Have a look at the incredible beauty of this divine little park.
For my adventure getting back from Staten Island, read Ferryland.