CAROLIN'S GROVE PRESERVE

Pound Ridge, Westchester County, NY

5 acres


Directions:

US 287 to US 684 to exit 4, Route 172 east. Follow Rt. 172 to a left turn onto Route 137. From here it is only .6 of a mile to a pull-off area by a gate. Traveling on Rt. 172 bear left at the intersection with Rt 124.

I parked in the area above where there is only room for about two cars. It may be possible to park at the Pound Ridge Elementary School and walk past the baseball field, then the soccer field to the preserve. (?)


History:

Hiram Halle owned this property originally and he planted a spruce plantation here in the 1930s. Robert Lawther gave the land to TNC in 1969. The sanctuary is in memory of his wife, Carolin.


Trails:

There is a Norway spruce grove here. With all the downed trees, I thought at first it was a hemlock grove (being currently wiped out with the help of the woolly adelgid aphid.) You can walk through it and take a left to find white trail markers. I did a circular walk, heading clockwise. Took the white trail heading north passing first the orange trail, then the yellow trail (both on the left, west side). Went north of the red trail then north on the orange trail which turns the hiker back south as it nears a house with a big yard with a couple of ponds. There is a swampy area on the left side, the trail skirting along the base of the ridge on the right. This will bring you back to the white trail. Turn left to return to the spruce grove.


Habitats:

Spruce grove, dry oak area, swampy area, beech areas.


PLANT LIST:

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney, November 1998


Trees:
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Ostrya virginiana (eastern hop hornbeam)
Picea sp. (white spruce?)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Vaccinium pallidum (hillside blueberry)

Herbs:
Monotropa uniflora (Indian pipe)

Sedges:
Carex stricta (tussock sedge)