Northern Stony Brook Preserve (Mc Burney Woods)
Mountain Road, East Amwell and Hopewell townships, Hunterdon County, NJ
1,000 acres

McBurney Woods is on the border of Hunterdon and Mercer counties.

The site is contained within an area with Rileyville Road on the west, Mountain Church Road on the north, Stony Brook Road on the east, and Mountain Road on the south. 


Directions:

From South or center of Hopewell borough go north on Hopewell-Wertsville Road (Rileyville Road, Route 607) approximately 3 miles; look for Mountain Road on the left. Turn left, parking lot is 1/4 mile on the left.
From North or West: from Flemington take Route 202/31 to Ringoes exit (Texaco Station on corner); turn east onto Wertsville Road. Go about 5 miles to Rileyville Rd. and turn right. Take the second road to the right; parking lot is about 1/2 mile on the left.


History:

A Delaware and Raritan Greenway property.


Trails:

There are public hiking trails in McBurney Woods located here. The area has 180 acres atop the Sourlands.

DEP preserved a 58-acre East Amwell Township property that consists of woodlands, vernal pools and cleared farm fields. This property will be linked to the 1000-acre Northern Stony Brook Preserve. Delaware & Raritan Greenway contributed to the preservation of this property.

(Source: "New Jersey Land Preservation Initiative Moves Forward: DEP Announces Sourlands Acquistions." http://www.outdoorcentral.com/mc/pr/04/04/15b4.asp)

The central trail is a yellow trail that goes in a small circle.  Attached to the west of the yellow loop is an orange three-sided loop, while attached to the east of the yellow loop is a three-sided blue loop.  A Woods Road  connects Mountain Church Road south to the northern part of the yellow trail.

Trails:

5/05/04.  Me and dog Sonar.  A very brief stop.

3/25/2005.  Rosemary and Carl Cooney, Ceferino Santana and dog Sonar accompanied me on a circular along along the 1.3 mile yellow trail.  The trail was very wet and muddy.  A pink trail heads off left.  Pink Trail again and again on the left as it rejoins the yellow trail.  Find a pond; reach a T-intersection and turn right.  Blue trail heads off left; pass by a field on the left; small field on the right; blue markers again on the left; we turn right; ephemeral pond on the right.  Arrive back at the parking area.  It was a relatively short walk.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
* = date plant found in bloom, 5/05/04  very brief visit (didn't even get a chance to get on to the trails)


Trees:
Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood) *
Fagus grandifolia (American beech) lots
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras) *
Ulmus sp. (elm)

Shrubs and sub-shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Corylus sp. (hazel)
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Rhus sp. (sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum) *
Vinca minor (periwinkle)

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

Herbs:
Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) *
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Antennaria plantaginifolia (plantain-leaved pussytoes) *
Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress) *
Cimicifuga racemosa (black snakeroot)
Claytonia virginica (spring beauty) *
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace)
Galium aparine (cleavers)
Galium sp. (bedstraw)
Impatiens sp. (jewelweed)
Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)
Narcissus sp. (daffodil)
Podophyllum peltatum (mayapple)
Potentilla sp. (cinquefoil)
Smilacina racemosa (false Solomon's seal)
Solidago spp. (goldenrod)
Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) *

Sedges:
Carex laxiflora type (loose-flowered sedge type)

Grasses:
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)

Fern and Fern Allies:
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)