Park on Wordins Lane

end of Wordins Lane, Trumbull, Fairfield County, Connecticut


Merritt Parkway north to exit 48; turn left on onto Route 111 (Main Street); in a short distance turn right onto Edison Road; follow Edison Road to a T-intersection; turn right onto Church Hill Road; turn left onto Daniels Farm Road; head over Route 25; turn left onto Wordins Lane; drive the short distance to the end of the road and park on the right at a pull-off area. 


9/28/2005.  This was the first cool day in a long while.  Ceferino Santana, dog Sonar and I parked at the parking area at the dead end of Wordins Lane.  The trail opening is just behind the parked car.  Walked a steep downhill section through lots of winged euonymus bushes on both sides of the wide trail;  the trail heads down to a bridge over a now dried-up stream (drought season); the trail tends to follow too close to the residential houses.  The trail just sort of stops at the west end of the small park area.  So we decided to do a little bush whacking to complete a loop trail.  To do this we just kept turning right.  We turned right to head north; we had to cross over a gutter pipe heading into what appears to be one of the starts of the stream.   Stopped a while to cut away some Asiatic bittersweet vines that were suffocating some trees to death.  Turned right again and headed east through he woods back to the main entrance trail.  Turned right and walked back to the car.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

*  =  plants blooming on field trip, 9/24/2005

Acer platanoides (Norway  maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)
Carya glabra (pignut hickory)
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepperbush)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus flagellaris (northern dewberry)
Rubus hispidus (swamp dewberry)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Vaccinium pallidum (hillside blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)

Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Smilax glauca (sawbrier)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis aestivalis (summer grape)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack in the pulpit)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)     *
Chelidonium majus (celandine)
Chenopodium album (pigweed)
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade)
Euphorbia nutans (eyebane spurge)
Geum sp. (avens)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed)     *
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel) 
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed)     *
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Polygonum lapathifolium (nodding smartweed)     *
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)
Solidago caesia (blue-stem goldenrod)     *

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Setaria faberi (nodding foxtail grass)

Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Dryopteris marginalis (marginal woodfern)


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