GEDNEY PARK
Millwood, Town of New Castle, Westchester County, NY


Directions:

Saw Mill River Parkway north to exit 32 (mileage marker 21.52) for Chappaqua and Route 120. Turn left at the stop sign and go right at the light on Route 120 (Quaker Street) north to Millwood Road (Route 133) intersection and turn left (west) on Route 133. The park is on the left side of the road nearly opposite Granite Road on the right.

At this linear park there is a small lake you can walk around, a restroom and a children's playground near the lake. Gedney Brook flows down the valley here; the brook is sandwiched between two ridges on either side. At the far end is a ball field.


Trails:

(from Jane Daniels, chair of the NY-NJ Trail Conference's Publications Committee, 7/22/01)

The appearance of the park is somewhat deceptive as the entrance is a large parking lot, playground, pond, and sledding hills. Thus the opportunities to observe wildlife are not apparent when you drive into the park. A sign near the parking area informs people that there are coyotes living in the area.

Past the picnic pavilion on the left is an unmarked trail which soon reaches a woods road that is yellow blazed. The yellow trail runs south along the length of the park on the east side. At the far end it gradually turns west, following the property boundary. The yellow trail turns again to join the red trail which comes in from the left. Later the trails split with the yellow looping back to the section heading south.

On the west side of the park, the red and blue trails start just past the restrooms and head up hill. They traverse just below a ridge until they reach a soccer field where the blue trail ends. Diagonally across the field, the red trail begins again and continues south, passing marked and unmarked trails. Staying within sight or sound of the ball fields and tennis courts, the trail crosses a stream on stepping stones and heads southeast. Crossing a woods road, the trail continues to rise. Shortly after reaching the property boundary, it meets the yellow trail and with it turns north. When the two trails separate, the red trail heads towards the road to the ballfields.

There is an unmarked woods road at the southern end of the lake, that parallels the road to the ballfields for the first part of its length. It then runs between parallel stone walls lined with trees. The red trail crosses it just before the woods road ends at the property boundary.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juglans nigra (black walnut)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepper bush)
Cornus alba (dogwood) planted
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Ilex glabra (inkberry) planted
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Lindera benzoin (spice bush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Pyrus calleryana (Bradford pear) planted
Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Salix discolor (pussy willow)
Sambucus canadensis (common elderberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)

Vines:
Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Dioscorea villosa (wild yam root)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade) 7/24/01
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis aestivalis (summer grape)
Vitis labrusca (fox grape vine)

Herbs:
Achillea millefolium (yarrow) 7/24/01
Aethusa cynapium (fool's parsley) 7/24/01
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 7/24/01
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)
Arctium minus (common burdock)
Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)
Artemesia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)
Bidens frondosa (beggar ticks)
Cerastium vulgatum (mouse-ear chickweed) 7/24/01
Chelidonium majus (celandine) 7/24/01
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade)
Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)
Commelina communis (Asiatic dayflower) 7/24/01
Cuscuta sp. (dodder)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) 7/24/01
Duchesnea indica (Indian strawberry)
Epifagus virginiana (beech drops)
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane) 7/24/01
Eupatorium maculatum (spotted joe-pye-weed) 7/24/01
Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot)
Geum canadense (white avens) 7/24/01
Glechoma hederacea (gill over the ground)
Hypericum mutilum (dwarf St. Johnswort) 7/24/01
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed)
Lapsana communis (nipplewort) 7/24/01
Leonurus cardiaca (motherwort) 7/24/01 one in bloom, rest past
Lindernia dubia (false pimpernel) 7/24/01
Lotus corniculatus (birdfoot trefoil) 7/24/01
Ludwigia palustris (common water purslane)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife) 7/24/01
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Matricaria matricarioides (pineapple weed) 7/24/01
Mazus pumilus (mazus) 7/24/01
Mentha arvensis (wild mint) 7/24/01
Mimulus ringens (monkey flower) 7/24/01
Myosotis scorpioides (forget-me-not) 7/24/01
Najas sp. ? (naid)
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel) 7/24/01
Peltandra virginiana (arrow arum)
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Pilea pumila (clearweed)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain) 7/24/01
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) 7/24/01
Polygonum hydropiper (water pepper) 7/24/01
Polygonum virginianum (Virginia knotweed)
Potentilla argentea (silvery cinquefoil) 7/24/01
Prenanthes serriola (prickly lettuce)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal) 7/24/01
Ranunculus sp. (crowfoot) 7/24/01
Rumex obtusifolius (broad-leaved dock)
Sagittaria latifolia (broad-leaved arrowhead)
Silene alba (white campion) 7/24/01
Silene vulgaris (bladder campion) 7/24/01
Solidago spp. (goldenrods)
Sparganium sp. (bur reed)
Spiraea alba var. latifolia (meadowsweet) 7/24/01
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion)
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue)
Trifolium pratense (red clover) 7/24/01
Trifolium repens (white clover) 7/24/01
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein) 7/24/01
coon tail

Rushes:
Juncus tenuis

Sedges:
Cyperus sp. (nut or umbrella sedge)
Eleocharis sp. (spike rush)
Scirpus atrovirens (dark-green bulrush)

Grasses:
Bromus inermis (smooth brome grass)
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Phleum pratense (timothy grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)
Poa annua (annual bluegrass) 7/24/01

Ferns:
Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)
Thelypteris palustris (marsh fern)