CEDAR SWAMP TRAIL
Sterling Forest State Park, Orange County, NY


Directions:

Tappan Zee Bridge; US 87 west; at the little mile marker 31.3 exit at exit 15A; set odometer to 0; turn left on Route 17 at the light and travel 1.4 miles to green mile marker 10 37 and exit just behind a tan building to get onto Rt. 72 west; at 4.4 miles you pass the main route to Sterling Forest, Route 84; then pass Ringwood Manor and set odometer to 0. Pass Long Pond Historical Ironworks District; at 1.2 miles turn right onto East Shore Road; pass first parking lot (Wanaque WMA) at 2.1 miles; pass second parking area for Wanaque at 3.1 miles; pass Awosting Road intersection at 3.6 miles; Forest Lake at 4.2; Lake Park Terrace at 4.5; Shore Avenue at 5.7; and 5.9 miles turn right into the parking area.


Trails:

The Cedar Swamp trail heads northeast, then east, then south east and finally north to hook up with the West Valley Trail (or you can turn left at the intersection with the West Valley Trail and head over to the Sterling Ridge Trail).


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney


Trees:
Betula lenta (black birch)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)

Shrubs:
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)

Vines:
Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Vitis aestivalis (summer grape)

Herbs:
Arctium sp. (burdock)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)
Cichorium intybus (chicory) 8/08/01
Collinsonia canadensis (horsebalm) 8/08/01
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) 8/08/01
Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod) 8/08/01
Lespedeza hirta (hairy bush clover)
Lobelia inflata (Indian tobacco lobelia) 8/08/01
Lycopus uniflorus (northern bugleweed) 8/08/01
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Medicago lupulina (black medick) 8/08/01
Melilotus alba (white sweet clover)
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel) 8/08/01
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) 8/08/01
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Solidago caesia (blue-stemmed goldenrod)

Rushes:
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Sedges:
Carex lurida (sallow sedge)
Scirpus atrovirens (dark-green bulrush)

Grasses:
Echinochloa crus-galli (barnyard grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)
Poa compressa (Canada bluegrass)
Setaria viridis (green foxtail grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Dryopteris marginalis (marginal woodfern)