GEORGE'S ISLAND

Montrose, Westchester County, New York



Directions:

From Route 9, exit at Montrose. Go north on 9A for 1.3 miles. Turn left onto Dutch Street (at a large sign for George's Island); the entrance is at the end of the street. A minimal parking fee is charged on weekends and in the summer.


Here is your first glimpse of the river on this trail. On the right of the trail, near a large rock, is a hop hornbeam tree. This tree is usually found farther north.

At the overlook, growing among the rocks, are some large chestnut oaks. These oaks, with their strongly furrowed bark, prefer to grow on rocky hilltops.

The trail goes down the hill to the right. Bear left at a "Y" junction to go down to the river.

White Perch -- caught 800 of them here.

Brickyard blackmen were called George. 100 years ago it was an actual island. Clay brought by glacier here around Tappan Zee. Clay settled out. 3 brick mills here. Mazzard Cherry Trees.

The beach is very rocky, with lots of trash mixed in with it and lots of brick pieces. There is some green algae on the rocks. It is very muddy towards the water.

The willow trees are partly in sand.

There is a white pine on the bank.

The beach is very small; two to three yards of rough sand. There is some form of burdock here; lots of bittersweet hanging off the trees.

Some type of rose; also heavy thicket-like here

Cattails behind beach/ then Phragmites

There were at one time houses all through this area. The animals here include otter, raccoon, skunk, and mink. There is ice fishing here.


Habitats:

Part of the Hudson River Trailway. 

Segment 6 Georges Island County Park from Montrose Point Road to access road gate at VA Hospital (1.0 miles)

Starting at the north end, RiverWalk follows Montrose Point Road (from the Kolping Society trail easement) for about 800 feet and ties directly into a paved driveway situated at the western entrance (chained) of Georges Island Park that accesses a park residence situated inland from the river. From here, the route would descend to the central waterfront portion of the park, which contains picnic facilities, a parking area and a trailer boat launch. The RiverWalk route will then tie into an existing waterfront trail system to the south and connect directly into the Veterans Hospital grounds through an unlocked gate.

Source: Hudson River Trailway Plan.  http://www.westchestergov.com/planning/docs/RiverWalk/RiverWalkSegments1-7.pdf

 

Georges Island and vicinity contain "an interesting array of biodiversity, including wood frogs, and many birds associated with healthy, extensive forests that are structurally and hydrologically diverse (e.g., Canada warbler, northern waterthrush, wood thrush, black-throated green warbler, and eastern towhee). A species of significant conservation concern has also been recorded in this vicinity by the NY Natural Heritage Program. . . .  The southern half of the area is designated as a Westchester County park . . ."

Source: Croton to Highlands Biodiversity Plan; http://www.wcs.org/media/file/CHBP_lo-res.pdf. or

http://216.239.39.104/search?q=cache:htHJwgl1qHoJ:www.wcs.org/media/file/CHBP_lo-res.pdf+%22Croton+to+Highlands+Biodiversity+Plan%22&hl=en



PLANT LIST

Dr. Patrick Louis Cooney


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharinum (silver maple)
Betula nigra (river birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Celtis occidentalis (hackberry)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Magnolia x soulangiana (saucer magnolia) planted
Ostrya virginiana (hop hornbeam tree)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus x hybrida (London plane)
Populus deltoides (cottonwood)
Prunus avium (sweet cherry) 4/16/02
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Prunus sp. (mazzard cherry)
Pyrus malus (apple tree)
Pyrus sp. (crab apple) 4/16/02 planted
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Salix nigra (black willow)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Thuja sp. (arborvitae)
Tilia americana (American basswood)

Shrubs:
Amorpha fruticosa (false indigo bush)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Forsythia sp. (golden bells) 4/16/02
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush) 4/16/02
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rosa sp. (rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry raspberry)
Salix sp. (willow) 4/16/02
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum)

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) 7/29/93
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Herbs:
Achillea millefolium (yarrow)
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Anemone virginiana (thimbleweed)
Arabidopsis thaliana (mouse-ear cress) 4/16/02
Arabis hirsuta (hairy bittercress) 4/16/02
Arctium sp. (burdock)
Aster spp. (asters)
Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed) 7/29/93
Campsis radicans (trumpet creeper) 7/29/93
Capsella bursa-pastoris (shepherd's purse)
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (ox-eye daisy) 7/29/93
Cichorium intybus (chicory) 7/29/93
Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle) 7/29/93
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) 7/29/93
Draba verna (whitlow grass) 4/16/02
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane) 7/29/93
Erodium cicutarium (red-stem filaree) 4/16/02 weed in lawn
Eupatorium dubium (eastern joe-pye-weed)
Eupatorium fistulosum (trumpetweed) 7/29/93
Euphorbia maculata (milk purslane)
Geum canadense (white avens)
Hemerocallis fulva (tawny daylily)
Lamium purpureum (purple dead nettle) 4/16/02
Lotus corniculatus (birdfoot trefoil) 7/29/93
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife) 7/29/93
Melilotus alba (white sweet clover) 7/29/93
Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover) 7/29/93
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed) 7/29/93
Polygonum lapathifolium (nodding knotweed) 7/29/93
Potamogeton crispus (crisp-leaved pondweed)
Potentilla sp. (cinquefoil)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Saponaria officinalis (bouncing bet) 7/29/93
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade) 7/29/93
Solidago bicolor (silverrod goldenrod) 9/28/92
Stellaria media (common chickweed) 4/16/02
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) 4/16/02
Trifolium pratense (red clover) 7/29/93
Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)
Verbascum blattaria (moth mullein) 7/29/93
Verbascum thapsus (common evening primrose) 7/29/93
Verbena urticifolia (white vervain) 7/29/93
Viola sororia (common blue violet) 4/16/02
water hemlock 7/29/93

Sedges:
Carex laxiflora (sedge)
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge) 4/16/02

Grasses:
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)