Whipporwill Park north

on Whippoorwill Road, Town of New Castle, Westchester County, NY


Directions:

From Cranberry Lake take Route 22 North to its intersection with Route 120. Turn left. Take the first right (Whippoorwill Road) and drive 4.2 miles (passing Glazier Arboretum) and turn right (east) into the parking lot.


Habitats:

Woods; pond, stream.


Trails:

For a clockwise circular hike, take the red trail northeast. You are on a ridge overlooking a flat, swampy area with lots of skunk cabbage. The trail descends into the valley and then up another ridge. Then it leads to a pond, which is dammed at its north end. The white trail can be picked up by the edge of the pond. It will take you back to the red trail, which will take you back to the parking lot.


PLANT LIST:

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple) 4/18/01
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Salix spp. (willows) 4/18/01
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)

Shrubs:
Alnus serrulata (smooth alder)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Chimaphila maculata (spotted wintergreen)
Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepperbush)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush) 4/15/99 4/18/01
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Mitchella repens (partridge berry)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Vaccinium corymbosum (high bush blueberry)
Vaccinium sp. (a low bush type blueberry)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum)

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Smilax sp. (greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Allium tricoccum (wild leek)
Allium vineale (garlic mustard)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)
Callitriche palustris (water starwort)
Caltha palustris (marsh marigold) 4/18/01 soon
Chelidonium majus (celandine)
Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman's breeches) 4/18/01
Epifagus virginiana (beech drops)
Erythronium americanum (trout lily) 4/18/01 soon
Glechoma hederacea (gill over the ground) 4/15/99
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed)
Iris sp. (yellow or blue flag iris)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
Podophyllum peltatum (may apple)
Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot) 4/18/01 soon
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)

Rushes and Sedges:
Carex laxiflora type sedge
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge) 4/15/99 4/18/01
Carex stricta (tussock sedge)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Equisetum hyemale (horsetail)
Lycopodium obscurum (pine tree ground pine)
Dryopteris marginalis (marginal woodfern)
Polypodium sp. (rock cap fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)