River Road
River Road, Kent, Litchfield County, Connecticut


Directions:

This trail is just north of parking area for the St. Johnís Ledges.

From the war memorial in Kent on Route 7 north turn left and take Route 341 west for 0.2 of a mile across the Housatonic River to take the very first right after the bridge (Skiff Mountain Road). Drive 1.1 miles to the junction with River Road. Turn onto River Road and drive 2.7 miles (passing the parking area for St. Johnís ledges) and, at the gate, park in the parking area.


Trails:

The trail is very simple. Walk along the road via the white-blazed Appalachian Trail. You can walk until you get tired and want to turn back. The trail crosses North Kent Brook and then Stewart Hollow Brook. Once over the latter brook, a short path takes you northeast to Stewart Hollow Brook Shelter on the AT. You can turn around here or go farther.   (Source: Laubach and Smith, #9)

7/02/2005.  On a beautiful day, Rosemary Cooney, Sarah-David Rosenbaum, Ceferino Santana, dog Sonar and I walked along the trail.  We did a lot of investigation of the river shore line and found some species that we had never seen before.  And that's always a good feeling.  We had a nice breeze coming off the water and the entire crew enjoyed the smell of the water.  It looked to us as if they had cut down the red pines.  Tree trunks were lying all over the place on both sides of the trail.  I have never seen so much ostrich fern in one place. 


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney and Sarah-David Rosenbaum

*  =  plant blooming on date of field trips, 7/02/2005

@  =  from Laubach and Smith


Trees:
Acer negundo (box elder)
Acer pensylvanicum (striped maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharinum (silver maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Chamaecrista nictitans (wild sensitive plant)  @
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)  
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juglans nigra (black walnut)   ?
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Magnolia sp. (magnolia)
Ostrya virginiana (American hop hornbeam)
Pinus resinosa (red pine) planted in a plantation (many gone)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Populus deltoides (cottonwood)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Pyrus spp. (crab apple)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Shrubs and Subshrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Chimaphila maculata (striped wintergreen)    
Cornus alternifolia (alternate-leaved dogwood)
Corylus sp. (hazel)
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)  
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Ligustrum sp. (privet)    
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn) 
Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus flagellaris (northern dewberry)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Salix sp. (willow)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)

Vines:
Apios americana (groundnut)
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Clematis virginiana (virgin's bower)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis aestivalis (summer grape)

Herbs:
Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)   
Actaea alba (white baneberry) 
Actinomeris alternifolia (wingstem)      
Agrimonia sp. (agrimony) 
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)  
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)
Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Angelica atropurpurea (purple-stem angelica)   
Apocynum sp. (dogbane)     *soon 
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)    
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit) 
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Asarum canadense (wild ginger) 
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)     *
Aster spp. (asters)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress) 
Bidens sp. (beggar tick) 
Cardamine impatiens (narrow-leaved bittercress) 
Centaurea maculosa (spotted knapweed)  
Chenopodium album (pigweed) 
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (ox-eye daisy)     * 
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade)     *
Cirsium vulgaris (bull thistle)
Conyza canadensis (horseweed) 
Cryptotaenia canadensis (honewort) 
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace)     *
Dianthus armeria (Deptford pink)     *
Epipactis helleborine (helleborine orchid)     * 
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane)     *
Eupatorium maculatum (spotted Joe-Pye-weed)     *soon
Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot)
Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)
Galium aparine (cleavers)
Galium mollugo (wild madder)     *
Galium palustre (marsh bedstraw)     * 
Galium sp. (bedstraw)
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium) 
Geum canadense (white avens)     * 
Glechoma hederacea (gill-over-the-ground)    
Hemerocallis fulva (tawny day lily)     * 
Hesperis matronalis (dame's rocket)     * 
Hieracium sp. (hawkweed)     *
Hypericum perforatum (common St. Johnswort)     * 
Hypericum punctatum (spotted St. Johnswort)     * 
Hypericum pyramidatum (great St. Johnswort)      *soon 
Impatiens sp. (touch-me-not)
Iris pseudoacacia (yellow flag)     @
Krigia virginica (one-flowered Cynthia)     * 
Lactuca canadensis (wild lettuce)
Laportea canadensis (wood nettle) 
Lapsana communis (nipplewort)     * 
Leonurus cardiaca (motherwort)     * 
Lespedeza sp. (bushclover) 
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)
Lotus corniculatus (birdfoot trefoil)     * 
Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)     *
Lysimachia nummularia (moneywort)     *
Lysimachia vulgaris (garden loosestrife)     * 
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)      *
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Medicago lupulina (black medick)     *
Melilotus alba (white sweet clover)     *
Mimulus ringens (monkey flower)     * 
Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)       @
Myosotis scorpioides (forget-me-not)     *
Osmorhiza longistylis (aniseroot) 
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel)     *
Phryma leptostachya (lopseed)     * 
Physostegia virginiana (obedient plant)     * 
Pilea pumila (clearweed) 
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain)    
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonatum biflorum (smooth true Solomon's seal) 
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed)     *
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)   
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal)     *
Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved crowfoot)    
Rorippa sylvestris (creeping yellowcress)     * 
Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)     *
Rumex acetosella (sheep sorrel)
Rumex crispus (curled dock)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)
Sedum ternatum (wild stonecrop) 
Silene latifolia (white campion)     *
Silene vulgaris (bladder campion)     *
Smilacina racemosa (false Solomon's seal)
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)     *
Solidago caesia (blue-stem goldenrod)      
Solidago flexicaulis (zig-zag goldenrod) 
Stellaria pubera (giant chickweed)     * 
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion)       
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue)     *
Triadenum virginicum (marsh St. Johnswort)  
Trientalis borealis (starflower)    
Trifolium pratense (red clover)     *
Trifolium repens (white clover)     *
Tussilago farfara (coltsfoot)
Urtica dioica var. procera (tall nettle)     *
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)
Veronica anagallis-aquatica (water speedwell)     *
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)     *
Viola pubescens (yellow forest violet) 
Viola sp. (violet)
Xanthium strumarium (common clotbur) 
Zizia aurea (golden Alexanders) 

Rushes:
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Sedges:
Carex lurida (sallow sedge)
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)
Carex ovales types (ovales type sedges)
Carex pellita (woolly sedge)
Carex sp. (bladder sedge)
Carex vulpinoidea (fox sedge)
Eleocharis spp. (spike rush)
Scirpus atrovirens (dark-green bulrush)

Grasses:
Brachyelytrum erectum (long-awned wood grass)
Bromus inermis (smooth brome grass)
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Elymus hystrix (bottlebrush grass)
Elytrigia repens (quack grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)
Phleum pratense (Timothy grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)
Equisetum hyemale (scouring rush)
Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
Cystopteris sp. (fragile fern)
Dryopteris intermedia (fancy woodfern)
Dryopteris marginalis (marginal woodfern)
Matteuccia struthiopteris (ostrich fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)
(quillwort)  ?

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