Big Buck Mountain Multiple Use Area
Kent, Putnam County, NY
146 acres


Directions:

Taconic State Parkway north to the exit for Route 301 (mileage 31.3/11 07).  Drive 3.0 miles and turn left onto Farmers Mill Road.  Drive 4.1 miles and turn left onto Ressequie Road.  Less than one-tenth of a mile up the road there is a parking lot on the right.  There is another parking lot 0.2 of a mile farther up the road, this one on the left.


Habitats:

Level & steep terrain. Mixed hardwood. X-country skiing. Deer & upland game.


Trails:

12/02/2004.  My brother-in-law, dog Sonar and I parked in the first parking lot.  I had been to Buck Mountain twice before, but I wanted to return and make it all the way to the top of the hill.  From the parking area, one gets the impression that there is a marked trail system as there is a yellow trail marker on the one of the informational structures.   And there was one other yellow marker along the trail.  So I was looking forward to following the yellow trail.  But there were only two markers.  We never saw another marker after seeing the first two.  We walked to the field area where one can take informal paths north and south.  From the field we headed north on an informal path.  It climbed uphill for a short ways and then turned right to head along the slope.  This part of the trail soon ended and we had to bushwhack north.  It was easier at this time of year since the woods were very open with little leafage on the trees and shrubs. We walked parallel with a stone wall on our left.  We reached a second stone wall, this one directly in front of us.  There are signs hear saying not to discharge your firearm because there is a building structure within 500 feet.  We could see a couple of houses through the trees.  We turned right to walk parallel with this second stone wall.  We got to the top and looked around.  We could see a lot of hills to the west.  We walked farther up the hill to the highest point, on top of a rock outcrop.  The ground sloped down from here to the east.  The view, partly obscured by the trees, was of more hills.  Turned around and walked back the way we came. 

Once back to the field we followed an informal trail to the south.  The trail was a bit wet in a couple of  sections.  We kept following the trail thinking it would take us to the road, but it merely made a loop trail.  It was not a long walk, but I took time to cut some of the more troublesome multiflora rose bushes.  Returned to the car. 

Walked across the road and into the forest.  It is a short distance to the shrub swamp here.  There are telephone or electrics lines over the swampy area.  Did not stay long as I did not want to change into my boots and go wading.  Maybe another time. Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
dates = dates of field trips on which the species were found in bloom


Trees:
Acer pensylvanicum (goosefoot maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum  (sugar maple)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carya ovata (mockernut hickory)
Carya sp. (hickory)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Pyrus malus (apple)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)

Shrubs:
Alnus serrulata (smooth alder)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Chimaphila maculata (spotted wintergreen)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Gaylussacia baccata (huckleberry)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly)
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Rhus copallina (winged sumac) 8/03/00
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)
Ribes sativum (garden gooseberry)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Rubus sp. (dewberry)
Spiraea alba var. latifolia (meadowsweet) 8/03/00
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)
Vaccinium pallidum (hillside blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)
Wisteria sp. (wisteria)

Herbs:
Achillea millefolium (yarrow) 7/21/01 8/03/00
Aethusa cynapium (fool's parsley) 7/21/01
Agrimonia sp. (agrimony) 8/03/00)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed) 7/21/01 waning
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)
Aster spp. (aster)
Bidens sp. (beggar tick)
Campanula sp. (bellflower) 8/03/00
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (ox-eye daisy) 7/21/01 8/03/00
Cichorium intybus (chicory) 7/21/01 8/03/00
Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle) 8/03/00
Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) 7/21/01 8/03/00
Dianthus armeria (Deptford pink) 7/21/01 8/03/00
Epilobium sp. (willowherb)
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane) 7/21/01
Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)
Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry)
Galium mollugo (wild madder) 8/03/00
Galium trifidum (sweet-scented bedstraw) 7/21/01
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)
Geum canadense (white avens) 7/21/01 8/03/00
Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed) 7/21/01 8/03/00
Hieracium sp. (hawkweed)
Hypericum perforatum (common St Johnswort) 7/21/01 8/03/00
Leonurus cardiaca (nipplewort) 7/21/01
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs) 7/21/01 8/03/00
Lobelia inflata (Indian tobacco) 8/03/00
Lotus corniculatus (birdfoot trefoil) 7/21/01 8/03/00
Lysimachia nummularia (moneywort)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Medicago lupulina (black medick) 7/21/01 8/03/00
Monotropa indica (Indian pipe)
Origanum vulgare (wild marjoram) 7/21/01 8/03/00
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel) 7/21/01 8/03/00
Penthorum sedoides (ditch stonecrop) 7/21/01
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) 8/03/00
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal) 7/21/01
Ranunculus acris (tall buttercup) 7/21/01 8/03/00
Satureja officinalis (wild basil) 7/21/01 8/03/00
Silene vulgaris (bladder campion) 7/21/01 8/03/00
Solidago spp. (goldenrod)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) 7/21/01 8/03/00
Trifolium pratense (red clover) 7/21/01 8/0/3/00
Trifolium repens (white clover ) 8/03/00
Verbascum blattaria (moth mullein) 7/21/01
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein) 7/21/01
Verbena urticifolia (white vervain) 7/21/01 8/03/00
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)

Rushes:
Juncus effusus (soft rush)
Juncus tenuis (path rush)
Luzula multiflora (wood rush)

Sedges:
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)
Carex stricta (tussock sedge)

Grasses:
Bromus inermis (smooth brome grass)
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Elytrigia repens (quack grass)
Phleum pratense (timothy grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)
Schizachyrium scoparium (little blue stem grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Dryopteris marginalis (marginal woodfern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda regalis (royal fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)