MIANUS RIVER PARK AND NATURE PRESERVE

Cognewaugh Road, Town of Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut


Directions:

US 1 to Stanwich Road. Follow Stanwich Road to Cognewaugh Road. Turn right onto Cognewaugh Road and follow to Mianus River Park on left.


History:

1972  --  Stamford and Greenwich acquired the Mianus River Park.


Habitats:

open wetland, stretch of Mianus River, rock outcroppings, wooded ledges and small knolls, hemlock grove, sheer cliff face, rock cave


Facilities:

hiking, walking, dog walking, trail bikes, cross-county skiing


Trails:

10/19/2005.  On a great day, Ceferino Santana, dog Sonar and I parked at the Mianus River Park.  There is a big rock outcrop on the left.  Took the yellow-blazed Main Road heading north.  Came to a place with a brook on the left side of the Main Road and a large wetland (Dry Lake) on the right side.  Reach the junction of the Main Trail with the blue-blazed Oak Trail. We turned right to follow the yellow Main Road and the blue Oak Trail heading southeast together.

An even better rock outcrop on the left.  Turn left off the Main Road heading almost south to the dam for Dry Lake. We walk across the dam where the path ends.  Turned around and headed back to the Main Road.  Turned right onto Main Road.  We reach the blue-blazed Inner Trail on the right.  From here we turn around and head back to the parking lot.    Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick Cooney

*  = plant blooming on date of field trip, 10/19/2005


Trees:
Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Acer saccharinum (silver maple)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Castanea dentata (American chestnut)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Salix sp. (willow)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepper bush)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Corylus sp. (hazel)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Forsythia sp. (golden bells)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)     *
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Pachysandra terminalis (pachysandra)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus hispidus (swamp dewberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)

Vines:
Ampelopsis brevipedunculata (porcelain berry)
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)
Wisteria sp. (wisteria)

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Aster cordifolius (heart-leaved aster)       *
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)        *  
Boehmeria cylindrica (false nettle)
Chelidonium majus (celandine)
Galium sp. (bedstraw)
Polygonatum biflorum (smooth True Solomon's seal)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed)      *
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Scutellaria lateriflora (mad-dog skullcap)
Solidago caesia (blue-stem goldenrod)   *
Solidago flexicaulis (zig-zag goldenrod)
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue)
Viola sp. (violet)

Rushes:
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Sedges:
Carex laxiflora type (loose-flowered sedge type)
Carex lurida ([sallow sedge)
Carex stricta (tussock sedge)

Grasses:
Glyceria sp. (mannagrass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)

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