DEPOT HILL MULTIPLE USE AREA
Depot Hill Road, Poughquaq, Town of Beekman, Dutchess County, NY
260 acres


Directions:

Find the intersection of Dutchess County 7 and NY 216 in Poughquag.
Take NY 216 west 0.6 miles to a
left turn onto Depot Hill Road.
Follow Depot Hill Road for 2 miles.
Park opposite the communications tower.

From the AT parking area off Rt. 55 go 1.4 miles west and turn left onto Rt. 216 (by the Pleasant Ridge Plaza). Go 1.1 miles and turn left onto Depot Hill Road. Go 1.9 miles to the parking area on the left across from the communications tower. A sign says parking lot limited to six cars. Walk down the turn road some 200 yards or so and you will find the white blazes of the AT.


Hardwood forest on mountain top. Deer & upland game. There is a sign on the trail if heading north. It relates that this forest originated in the early 1900s from natural regeneration on abandoned farmland. In 1971 a thinning eliminated diseased or poor form trees and that in 2001 a selection timber harvest is planned.


upland oak woods:

The Appalachian Trail passes alongside bedrock outcrops:

On the bedrock outcrops grows rock tripe (Lasallia/Umbilicaria sp.). It is from a family of foliose lichens that grow on acidic rocks. It looks like limp green-brown leather when wet.

The hiker comes to a very small brook. Do not cross the brook, but turn right and head south downstream.

If heading south, the hiker passes an ephemeral pond on the left. Descent through a narrow ravine. Next stop: the Morgan Stewart Memorial Shelter. Climb to summit of Mt. Egbert.

If heading north, the trail takes the hiker to a wooden bridge over Whaley Lake Stream. Ascending wooden steps the trail crosses paved Old NY 55 and comes to a parking lot on NY 55.


Trails:

9/14/2004.  Brother-in-law Ceferino Santana and I approached the MUA from the south heading north on Depot Hill Road.  I had to park the car at the bottom of the hill heading up to the MUA because the rocky road was far too rough.  (There were also a lot of huge ponds of water in the road.) So we decided to park and walk up the road until we got past the private property signs and came to the State Lands signs.  (A fellow in a car stopped to ask us what we were doing.  He told us that in the 1940s and 1950s there were quite a few expensive houses on the now wooded private property. He said it was quite a walk to the communications towers   -- but it turned out that that was not true)  It did not take long before we got to State Land, on the eastern side of the road.  We came to a couple of parking areas.  Some of them had a trail leading off from them headed east.  There were fields of goldenrods in bloom here and there.  We reached the junction with the Appalachian Trail (AT).  We headed on and finally came to the two communication towers.  We turned left onto the path leading up to the towers.  After looking at the towers, we turned around and walked a little on the asphalt road outside the boundary of the MUA.  There is a small parking area here. 

Turned around and walked back to the junction with the AT.  I walked west on it to see if I could pick up a few more plant species for the plant list.  Returned and then walked down to a trail heading east at one of the larger pull-off parking areas.  Walked along the trail to see if I could find any water.  I found a tiny trickle slowly crossing the path and a water-loving plant, bugleweed (Lycopus).  I went uphill a ways and then decided to return to the main road and Cefe.  Walked back to the car.   Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick Louis Cooney
* = blooming on date of field trip, September 14, 2004


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Amelanchier arborea (shadbush)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya glabra (pignut hickory)
Castanea dentata (American chestnut)  lots of it
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Populus deltoides (cottonwood)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Prunus sp. (cherry) beautiful cherry bark
Pyrus malus (apple tree)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras) lots
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Chimaphila maculata (striped wintergreen)
Comptonia peregrina (sweetfern)
Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)
Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)
Gaultheria procumbens (teaberry)
Gaylussacia baccata (black huckleberry)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly)
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)
Rhododendron viscosum (swamp azalea)
Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)
Ribes sp. (gooseberry)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus flagellaris (northern dewberry)
Rubus hispidus (swamp dewberry)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Vaccinium angustifolium (low bush blueberry)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)
Vaccinium pallidum (hillside blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)
Viburnum lentago (nannyberry viburnum)

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Polygonum scandens (climbing hempweed)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis aestivalis (summer grape)
Vitis labrusca (fox grape)

Herbs:
Achillea millefolium (common yarrow) *
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed) *
Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp dogbane)
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)
Arctium lappa (great burdock) *
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster) *
Bidens sp. (beggar tick) *
Centaurea maculosa (spotted knapweed) *
Centaurea nigra (black knapweed) *
Chenopodium album (pigweed)
Cichorium intybus (chicory) *
Cicuta maculata (water hemlock) ?
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade)
Collinsonia canadensis (horsebalm)
Conyza canadensis (horseweed) *
Cryptotaenia canadensis (honewort)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) *
Dianthus armeria (Deptford pink) *
Erechtites hieraciifolia (pileweed)
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane) *
Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot) *
Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)
Fragaria sp. (strawberry)
Galium aparine (cleavers)
Galium mollugo (wild madder) * one in bloom
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)
Geum canadense (white avens)
Hieracium paniculatum (panicled hawkweed)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed) *
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs) *
Lobelia inflata (Indian tobacco)
Lycopus sp. (bugleweed)
Lysimachia quadrifolia (whorled loosestrife)
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Monotropa uniflora (Indian pipe)
Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel) *
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Pilea pumila (clearweed)
Polygonatum biflorum (true Solomon's seal)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) *
Polygonum lapathifolium (nodding smartweed) *
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Satureja vulgaris (wild basil) * only 1 bloom
Silene noctiflora (night-flowering catch fly) *
Silene vulgaris (bladder campion) *
Solidago bicolor (silverrod) *
Solidago caesia (blue-stem goldenrod) *
Solidago canadensis var. scabra (tall goldenrod) *
Solidago rugosa (rough-stemmed goldenrod) *
Solidago spp. (goldenrods) * fields of it
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) *
Trifolium pratense (red clover) *
Trifolium repens (white clover) *
Tussilago farfara (coltsfoot)
Verbena urticifolia (white vervain) *
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)

Rushes:
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Sedges:
Carex laxiflora type (loose-flowered sedge type)
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Grasses:
Bromus inermis (smooth brome grass)
Digitaria sp. (crab grass)
Echinochloa sp. (barnyard grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)
Phleum pratense (Timothy grass)
Schizachyrium scoparium (little blue stem grass)
Setaria faberi (nodding foxtail grass)
Setaria glauca (yellow foxtail grass)

Ferns:
Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Dryopteris marginalis (marginal woodfern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Pteridium aquilinum (bracken fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)

Others:
Lasallia sp. (rock tripe)
Umbilicaria sp. (rock tripe)