LAPORT RESERVE
#216 Mountain Road, East Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, NJ
63 acres


Directions:

US 78 west to the exit for Route 202 south; pass through Flemington; turn left onto Route 602 at Ringoes, New Jersey; drive 1.6 miles and turn right onto Rocktown Road; drive 0.2 of a mile and turn left onto Linvale Road; drive about 1 mile and turn right onto Mountain Road; drive 0.3 of a mile to the entrance on the right (north) side of Mountain Road at #216.   No official parking places. 


History:

1923  --  Edmund Laport, a pioneer in radio wave communication,  helped develop the circuitry for receivers in Army Air force mail carriers, when the army was assigned the task of delivering air mail. This reserve was his residence and farm.

1967  --  upon his retirement as Corporate Director of RCA Princeton, Laport pursued his hobby of natural science. He traveled around the world collecting rock and plant specimens. He decided to turn his farm into a living laboratory, creating a pond and cutting some fields to demonstrate successional growth.


Trails:

Nature study is allowed on the small, unmarked networks of trails, however, a private residence is located in the center of the property. There are no parking facilities at this time, so visitation is by "walk-on" only.

4/09/2005.  Rosemary Cooney, Ceferino Santana, dog Sonar and I parked along the road just past the entrance to Laport Reserve.  We started walking north up the asphalt driveway.  When we saw an opening in the hedges and what seemed like a trail, we turned left and started following the field trail.  Crossed over a brook.  Passed along a field on the left.  A right turn and we walk downhill along the edge of a huge field.  Follow the edge past a hedge and come to another field.  Now we reach Back Brook.  Our path heads off northeast and we come to another opening to the brook.  Noticed the red shale riverbank, saying we are still in the Piedmont region.  We finally come to a brook that is just too swollen for us to cross so we have to turn back.  Come to a side trail that is heading in the direction we wanted (south) and so we took it.  It brings us back to the large field, but just on the other side.  From here we just followed the trail we first took when we arrived back to our parking spot.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney. 


Source: "From Farmland to Parkland: The Hunterdon County Park System"
by Douglas Kiovsky, Hunterdon County Park Ranger


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
* = blooming on date of field trip 4/09/2005


Trees:
Acer negundo (ash-leaf maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple) *
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras))
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Shrubs:
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Lindera benzoin (spice bush) *
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Rubus sp. (dewberry)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum)
Vinca minor (periwinkle) *

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress)
Claytonia virginica (spring beauty) *
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace)
Erythronium americanum (trout lily)
Geum canadense (white avens)
Hemerocallis fulva (tawny day lily)
Impatiens sp. (jewelweed)
Narcissus sp. (daffodil) *
Potentilla sp. (cinquefoil)
Ranunculus sp. ? (buttercup) ?
Rumex crispus (curled dock)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot) *
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion)
Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Rushes:
Juncus effusus (soft rush)

Grasses:
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)