Prince’s Bay is an attractive neighborhood on Staten Island that offers a balance of natural and developed terrain that is unusual in New York. Several ponds are surrounded by extensive forested area, and the Lemon Creek winds through Prince's Bay, surrounded by lush natural wetland.
Along one border of this neighborhood is a lovely beach with waterways from the ponds and streams, and several natural forested areas that run right along the shoreline. The beach here is relatively wide and offers a walking surface even at high tide. The view across the wide bay is absolutely gorgeous and offers lovely sea breezes in the hot summer.
Homes in Prince's Bay are generally attractive single-family houses that are set well back from the road with large, well-maintained lawns. Plenty of mature trees and natural sections make walking through this neighborhood very pleasant. You never know when you will stumble into a wilderness area to explore.
The terrain of Prince's Bay varies dramatically depending on whether you are in a natural area or a developed area. Land around the river and lakes is seasonally wet, so if you plan on hiking off trail with your dog, remember to bring good hiking or wading boots. Walking along the beach with your dog is extremely pleasant, but keep in mind that there will often be wet and rocky parts, especially in the areas your dog most wants to explore.
Some truly fascinating natural areas exist, like where Wolfe's Pond and Lemon Creek empty into the bay. These environments provide opportunities for you and your dog to explore extremely rich natural habitats and enjoy beautiful scenery.
In many places, neighborhood roads run right along the lake, so you can walk along a road in comfort while letting your dog wander on a long leash through the more wild terrain that she wants to explore.
Prince's Bay is a good balance of wild space and developed environments. The shoreline borders one side of the neighborhood for a completely natural beach, while various ponds and wetlands, as well as a winding creek, intersect this neighborhood, giving the incredible effect of wandering into the wilderness at every turn through neighborhood streets.
The area around Wolfe's Pond is lush natural wetland with varying water levels and diverse wildlife that enjoy such habitats. Unique ecological niches such as those that exist where the ponds empty out into the water offer an incredible experience walking with your dog. These environments are uniquely beautiful and offer the best chance of seeing wildlife that you are likely to have in New York.
While there are many nature trails, there are also lots of neighborhood streets that run right along the wild area so your exploration opportunities are almost limitless in this neighborhood. Just be very careful to never cut over private property to get into a park, and respect any wildlife that you find.