Darlington County Park
Bergen County, NJ
(973) 891-5571

No Dogs!! One of the maintenance men even got after me for just having the dog in my car even though the dog stayed in the car. "Rules are rules!" he says.


Directions:

TZ Bridge; US 87; from my house it is 24.5 miles to the exit for US 287 South/Rt. 17 South; take Route 17S (left lanes); at 26.5 miles I got off at the first exit (on the right), which is Rt. 202 (Ramapo Valley Road); at 28.3 miles I turned left onto Darlington Avenue (just past the southern end of Ramapo College); at 29.6 miles turned into the park entrance.


Facilities:

Darlington is a 232 acre site at the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains with three seasons of diverse opportunities offering swimming, white sand beaches, wooded picnic groves, open lawns, tennis, fishing, basketball, handball, and wildlife observation.


Trails:

There is some wooded areas, but they do not appear to be very large. The park abuts a golf course.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple) 3/31/00
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Ostrya americana (American hop hornbeam)
Picea sp. (spruce)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Salix babylonica (weeping willow) 3/31/00
Salix discolor (pussy willow) 3/31/00
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
Ulmus sp. (elm)

Shrubs:
Alnus sp. (alder)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Forsythia sp. (forsythia) 3/31/00
Lindera benzoin (spicebush) 3/31/00
Lonicera sp. (honeysuckle)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Vinca minor (periwinkle) 3/31/00 a huge patch of it

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

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Barbarea sp. ? (wintercress?)
Erythronium americanum (trout lily)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)
Stellaria or Cerastium sp.? (chickweed?) 3/31/00
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)

Grasses:
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)