DOUGLAS PARKING AREA
Old Mine Road, Delaware Worthington State Forest, Warren County, NJ


Directions:

US 80 west to Exit 1 and Old Mine Road north. 2.7 miles north of the signal light at the one lane part of Old Mine Road is the southern boundary of Worthington State Forest.   3.8 miles north of the signal light is the entrance to the Douglas Parking Area.


History:

An historical plaque on the Douglas Trail says:

In honor of William O. Douglas, the Lenni Lenape League, and the scores of unnamed citizens who participated in the "Save the Sunfish Pond" movement.  June 25, 1980.


Trails:

There is a counter clockwise hike available here. The Douglas Trail heads southeast past the Rockcores Trail and winds its way up to the AT. The AT heading north heads to the Dunnfield Creek Trail and the Sunfish Pond Fire Road at Sunfish Pond. The Turquoise Trail connects the Sunfish Pond Fire Road to the AT. The AT heads along the west shore of Sunfish Pond. It connects to the Garvey Springs Trail which heads back east to the Rockcores Trail. (If one continues north on the Appalachian Trail, Mt. Mohican is reached.) Head south on Rockcores Trail to pick up a trail on the right (west) that takes the hiker back to the Douglas parking area.

The blue dot on white background Douglas Trail starts across the street.  There is a nice waterfall at the start of the trail.  A little north of the Douglas Trail is the orange-blazed Garvey Springs Trail.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
* = blooming on date of field trip, 04/22/2005


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Amelanchier arborea (shadbush) *
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Betula nigra (river birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Fagus grandifolia (beech)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Phellodendron sp. (cork tree)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock) 

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)  -- lots
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)*
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Rhododendron maximum (rosebay rhododendron)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Sambucus canadensis (common elderberry)

Vines:
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Epifagus virginiana (beech drops)
Galium sp. (bedstraw)
Geum canadense (white avens)
Glechoma hederacea (gill-over-the-ground) *
Hedyotis sp. (bluets) *
Hemerocallis fulva (tawny day lily)
Hydrophyllum virginianum (Virginia waterleaf))
Podophyllum peltatum (mayapple)
Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaf crowfoot) *
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) *
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)
Viola sororia (common blue violet) *

Sedges:
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)