Wanaque Wildlife Management Area
Passaic County, New Jersey


Directions:

For parking areas on East Shore Road, if heading west on Greenwood Lake Turnpike, make a right turn.

.6 miles above the intersection of Green Wood Lake Turnpike with East Shore Road, and along the Wanaque River, is another parking area. The map does not show a trail heading south, but there is one and it may hook up with Green Turtle Pond. North of the parking area an informal trail will take the hiker to the Jennings Hollow Trail (yellow).

Further west of the above parking lot is a third parking area. There is a great hemlock ravine at the second location. The field there is covered with Japanese barberry. In the swampy areas there is a rhododendron jungle, but not as thick as at Wawayanda.

Green Turtle Pond, off of Awosting Road, is a big lake with several parking areas. Awosting Road is reach by heading west on Greenwood Lake Turnpike and passing Burnt Meadow Road (on the left), then traveling a short distance and turning right onto Awosting Road.

(For maps see: www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/wmaland.htm)


History:

Wanaque means "Place where the sassafras tree grows."


Trails:

From the NY-NJ TC maps its looks like there might be an informal parking area off of Sterling Forest Road along Sterling Forest. An informal path goes southwest crossing the NY-NJ state line, then heading southeast to hook up with the Jennings Hollow Trail (yellow). The fastest way to the parking lot at the Long Pond Ironworks Historical District is to head southwest along the Jennings Hollow Trail which intersects with the Sterling Ridge Trail (blue dot trail). Heading south on the Sterling Ridge Trail takes one to the ironworks buildings.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple) 5/05/97
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carpinus carolina (musclewood)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood) 5/05/97
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Ostrya virginiana (eastern hop hornbeam)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)
Pyrus malus (apple tree) 5/05/97
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Salix discolor (pussy willow)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras) 5/05/97
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Chimaphila maculata (spotted wintergreen)
Cornus amomum (silky dogwood)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Gaultheria procumbens (teaberry)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush) 5/05/97
Lonicera sp. (honeysuckle)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Rhododendron maximum (rosebay rhododendron)
Ribes sp. (gooseberry) 5/05/97
Rubus alleghaniensis (common blackberry)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry) 5/05/97
Vaccinium pallidum (hillside blueberry)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum)

Vines:
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 5/05/97
Anemone quinquefolia (wood anemone) 5/05/97
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack in the pulpit)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress) 5/05/97
Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman's breeches)
Erythronium americanum (trout lily)
Galium sp. (bedstraw)
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)
Hemerocallis fulva (tawny day lily)
Hieracium venosum (rattlesnake hawkweed)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed)
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Panax trifolius (dwarf ginseng) 5/05/97
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Potentilla canadensis (dwarf cinquefoil) 5/05/97
Prenanthes altissima (tall white lettuce)
Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved crowfoot) 5/05/97
Ranunculus hispidus (hispid buttercup) 5/05/97
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) 5/05/97
Veratrum viride (swamp hellebore)
Viola pubescens (smooth yellow violet) 5/05/97
Viola sp. purple violet 5/05/97
Viola sp. white violet 5/05/97

Rushes and Sedges:
Carex laxiflora (woodland sedge)
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)
Carex stricta (tussock sedge)
Luzula multiflora (woodrush)

Grasses:
Schizachyrium scoparium (little blue stem grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)
Lycopodium sp. (ground pine)
Adiantum pedatum (maidenhair fern)
Athyrium filix-femina f. rubella (red-stiped lady fern)
Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Polypodium sp. (rock cap fern)
Pteridium aquilinum (bracken fern)

Others:
morels