Willson's Woods Park
East Lincoln Avenue, Mount Vernon, Westchester County, NY
(Westchester County Park Pass Required)
23 acres


Directions:

Hutchinson River Parkway south to Lincoln Avenue exit. Make left to park entrance.

or ---- Hutchinson River Parkway north to Lincoln Avenue exit. Turn left at light, then left at next light into the Park.


History:

1920s --  the land acquired.

1928 (July 4)  --  the park was officially opened.

The park was named for the former owner of the land, Charles Hill Willson of the Willson and Adams Lumber Company. Willson's Woods Park is one of the oldest parks in the County parks system.


Facilities

Playground, swimming, picnicking, hiking/walking, fishing, nature study, ice skating, refreshments, wheelchair accessible.

Fees: Parking - Permit Required; Car w/Resident Permit $ 3.50; Car Weekday Seniors 1.75; Buses 27.50; Mini Buses 6.50

Swimming: Adult $ 4.00; Child 2.25; Senior 2.00


Trails:

11/30/04.  There are two large picnic areas and some patches of woods here and there.  We parked near the swimming pool with no mention of a parking permit.  We investigated the woods across from the pool.  Then we re-crossed to the pool and then investigated the large picnic east of the pool. There are asphalt paths around the area on which one could bike a bit.  Walked to the east end of the park and then again crossed over the road to head down to the Hutchinson River.  We walked along the river bank east under a big culvert/underpass with the Hutchinson River Parkway overhead; walked a short ways along the river and then crossed over the river on a small wooden bridge.  We found ourselves at the corner of Third Street and First Avenue in a residential area.  Turned around and walked back the way we came and then continued south along the river.  Passed by the children's playground and the second picnic area.  Nice views of the river.  We reached the southern end of the park and up the cliff we saw the New Haven Line train passing over the Hutchinson River and Hutchinson River Parkway

On the other side of the road there is the Landauer Metropolitan at One Bradford Road.. 


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney, 11/30/04


Trees:
Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer pseudoplatanus (sycamore maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Carya sp. (hickory)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)
Morus alba (white mulberry)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Pyrus malus (apple)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus coccinea (scarlet oak)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Salix alba var. (weeping willow)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Forsythia sp. (golden bells)
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)
Rhododendron maximum (rosebay rhododendron)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry) lots of it
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Clematis terniflora (sweet autumn clematis)
Hedera helix (English ivy)  -- gotten out of hand down by the river
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Arctium minus (common burdock)
Aster spp. (aster)
Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)
Geum canadense (white avens)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
Mazus pumilus (mazus)
Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Plantago lanceolata (English ivy)
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Rumex crispus (curled dock)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)
Solidago spp. (goldenrod)
Urtica dioica var. procera (tall nettle) lots of it

Rushes:
Juncus effusus (path rush)

Grasses:
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Eleusine indica (zipper grass)
Poa annua (annual bluegrass)