SILAS CONDICT COUNTY PARK
Morris County, NJ
200 acres


Directions:

US 87
26 US 287
39.6 Exit 52 for Rt. 23N
42.6 use jughandle on the right for a left turn onto Kinnelon Road.
43.9 right entrance into the park.


Geology:

Kinnelon is on the Pequannock River. These hills are a part of the Ramapo Mountains.

The borough provides a great deal of water to other townships, including the Taylortown Reservoir (serving Boonton) and 670-acre Butler Reservoir (serving Butler, Passaic Valley and towns in Passaic County).


History:

1920s  --  Kinnelon was a refuge for clandestine distilleries.  Here was a speakeasy hideaway in Prohibition times. The 1920s dine-and-dance bungalow with stained glass windows has been transformed into an attractive lakeside pavilion.  The speakeasy was located on the old Canty estate and today is the refreshment hall of Silas Condict County Park. It still has its mirrored mahogany bar, band stand, and ice cream parlor.


Trails:

This is a pretty build-up park. It has a nice lake and provides boats rides on the lake. There is a big building by the lake where the boats are.

The hiking trails are of a limited nature. But they go to two different peaks, one at 920 feet and the other at 1012 feet.

To the north of the park is the Pequannock River. Along the river are the railroad tracks of the New York, Susquehanna and Western railroad.

7/10/1997.  Dog Snuffy and I stopped at the park just to see where it was and look at the map of the trails.  Did not stay long.  For some reason I thought the trails were going to be difficult.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.

4/12/2005.  Dog Sonar and I took the trail that heads northwest, then south down to the ball field.  The wide trails are a mixture of gravel and dirt and make for very easy walking.  From the ball field I thought I would try to walk around the L-shaped lake, but discovered that the way was blocked.  There is, however, a very  small loop trail one can make around the small woodsy area set within the the area where the two branches of the L meet. From there I walked past the fence on the side of the ball field and worked my way to the most northern parking lots.  The walk did not take very long.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

dates  = dates plant found in bloom on dates of field trips, 4/12/2005 7/10/97


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple) 4/12/2005
Amelanchier arborea (shadbush)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya sp. (hickory)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Ostrya virginiana (American hop hornbeam)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
Ulmus sp. (elm)

Shrubs and Sub-Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush) 4/12/2005
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Vaccinium sp. (hillside or low bush blueberry)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)

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

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed) 7/10/97
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Rubus odoratus (flowering raspberry) 7/10/97
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion)
Yucca filamentosa (Adam's needle)

Sedges:
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Grasses:
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Polypodium sp. (rockcap fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)