Lighthouse Hill is an attractive neighborhood on Staten Island. The neighborhood is made up of the hill and the neighborhood it contains. This lovely neighborhood is bordered on three sides by the sprawling Latourette Park, so finding access to natural areas from this neighborhood is effortless. On the remaining southeast border is the neighborhood of Richmond. This neighborhood was once called Richmond Hill, but it received a new name in honor of the huge lighthouse that was built there in the early 1900s.
There are plenty of businesses in this area to cater to your spoiled pooch. Christina’s Pet Styles offers stylish grooming to have Fido looking their best. A pet supply store is nearby, so you can buy all of your pet products at reasonable prices. If you need veterinary care for your dog or other animal pal, the Island Bird, Cat & Dog Vet Group puts your mind at ease in regard to medical care.
This gorgeous neighborhood feels more like a park than a neighborhood with the sweeping grassy lawns and plenty of mature trees. Some homes are huge and imposing, while others are charming single-family homes. Homes in the French Revival style are common, as are gorgeous Queen Anne homes. There is a sidewalk on at least one side of the road throughout most of Lighthouse Hill, but due to the hilly nature of the neighborhood, many yards are raised. This, along with the winding, hilly roads, means that you will have a careful walk with your dog and this isn’t the best neighborhood for being on wheels with your dog unless you are very experienced.
For a change from the neighborhood walks, look no further than the delightful Latourette Park. The expansive forest here offers endless exploration for you and your dog. The forest trails vary in incline and difficulty of walking, so you and your dog can have a varied experience.
Latourette Park is a beautiful park that sprawls along three sides of Lighthouse Hill and continues on into the Blood Root Valley to the north and the Freshkills Park to the south. All of this wilderness allows you and your dog a natural experience unlike any you would expect in New York City.
Latourette Park is covered in dense, old forest. The park varies in inclines and has lots of winding walking trails to choose from. As you head north across Rockland Ave., you will find yourself in Blood Root Valley and High Rock Park where a lovely little lake in the midst of the thick forest offers a unique experience.
You can cut over from Willowbrook Park to get to the William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge, along with the banks of the creek that runs through Freshkills Park. You can also reach this creek from the southwest corner of Lighthouse Hill.