CATARACT PARK
Schooley's Mountain Road (Route 24), Washington Township, Morris County, New Jersey


Directions:

US 80 west to Exit 27 for Route 206 south; in Chester Boro, turn right onto Route 24; turn right onto Schooley's Mountain Road (still Route 24) south of green mileage marker 26;  drive 3.5 miles (passing Flocktown Road on the right) and at the bottom of the road descent, turn into the pull-off area on the right (just before green mileage marker 13). 


Trails:

4/05/2000.  Is this park near Schooley's Mountain County Park still a park now? It was on my map of Morris County, but it is doubtful that it is still a park. I stopped by a small pull-off 2.1 miles west of the intersection of Schooley's Mountain Road and East Springtown Road (.1 mile after the marker for mile 13 of the road). There are now houses that are too close to the property.  You can see cataracts when traveling east on Schooley's Mountain Road.  I just stayed for a couple of minutes.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.

4/18/2005.  Found the actual park this time.  There is a sign just down the hill from where I was the last time, in 2000.  Walked into the park and immediately crossed over the stream on some loose wooden boards laid over the rocks.  The blue trail starts slow but steady up the hill.  It is steep at times.  Ascending up the tail, one can see Beattystown in Warren County to the northwest.  Three quarters of the way up the mountain, the blue trail turns left to go down hill to a stream in the woods, while the red trail goes to the right and uphill.  I followed the blue trail downhill to a level-off area.  I could see the stream down below in the shallow ravine.  Walking farther I got a close-up look at the falls.  The water falls at least four times, one small, one medium and two bigger falls.  I walked back up the blue trail and then decided to follow the red trail up hill.  The walk was very short.  The ground leveled out and then I saw the big mine entrance.  It does not seem to deep, but is a broad opening.  From here decided to return to the car.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
dates = plants in bloom on dates of field trips, 4/05/2000, 4/18/2005


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple) 4/05/2000 4/18/2005
Amelanchier arborea (shadbush)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Chimaphila maculata (striped wintergreen)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush) 4/05/00 4/18/2005
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Sambucus racemosa (red elderberry) 4/18/2005 soon
Vaccinium sp. (hillside or low bush blueberry)

Vines:
Euonymus sp. (fortunii ?)  Fortune's euonymus
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Erythronium americanum (trout lily) 4/18/2005
Hemerocallis fulva (tawny day lily)
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot) 4/05/2000 4/18/2005
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)

Sedges:
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Athyrium thelypteroides (silvery gladefern)
Dryopteris marginalis (marginal woodfern)
Polypodium sp. (rock cap fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)