CASCADE LAKE TOWN PARK
Warwick, Orange County, NY
several hundred acres and a 6 acre lake

** Warning:  As of  8/17/98 the park was not open.  The parking area is unimproved and is a dumping ground with lots of broken bottles. They still have private property - no trespassing signs up all over the place.  You will probably have to wait until they have at least taken down the private property signs.  

Returned 9/26/01. There is a parking area now. They have confusing signs up, some saying no ATVs or Hunting, while some say this and add no trespassing for whatever purpose. So it is not exactly clear if this park is or is not open to the public.


Directions:

From US 87 heading north get off at exit 15A.  Head north for about 7 miles on Route 17 and turn left at the light.  (You will go through the towns of  Sloatsburg and Tuxedo Park and will pass the Cold Duck Inn or restaurant.)  At the stop sign on Route 17A turn left.  From here it is about 14 miles to the west side of  the town of  Warwick.  Before getting into Warwick and the Warwick County Park turn left onto Cascade Road.  Drive 3.4 miles and turn left onto Cascade Lake Road (a dead end road).  Drive the .5 miles to the end of the dead end street and turn left onto a dirt/rock road and drive to the parking area.

The park will be located south east of Taylor Mountain.  The park's southern end sits on the New York/New Jersey border.  


History:

The Trail Walker (July/August) 1998 says that the NY-NJ Trail Conference donated $8,000 from its Outdoor Fund, joining forces with the Town of Warwick, the Appalachian Trail Conference's Trust for Appalachian Trail Lands, the State of New York, the Trust for Public Land and other local groups and citizens to acquire 440 private acres known as Cascade Lake property.  The purchase price is $555,000.  


Trails:

The Trail Conference will build a connecting trail (or trails) to the AT to serve as additional access along the lengthy Bellvale Mountain ridge between Route 17A, at Mount Peter, and Abram Hewitt State Forest in West Milford, NJ.  


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
date is the date the species found in bloom


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya sp. (hickory)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Populus deltoides (cottonwood)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Salix nigra (black willow)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Chimaphila maculata (spotted wintergreen)
Comptonia peregrina (sweetfern)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)
Decodon verticillatus (swamp loosestrife)
Gaultheria procumbens (wintergreen)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly) 9/26/01
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus flagellaris (common dewberry)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus sp.
Sambucus canadensis (common elderberry)
Spiraea alba var. latifolia (meadowsweet)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)

Vines:
Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Clematis virginiana (virgin's bower)
Cuscuta sp. (dodder)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis labrusca (fox grape)

Herbs:
Achillea millefolium (yarrow) 9/26/01
Actaea alba (doll's eyes)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Alnus serrulata (smooth alder)
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)
Arisaema triphyllum (jack in the pulpit)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Aster cordifolius (heart-leaved aster) 9/26/01
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster) 9/26/01
Aster spp. (small white asters) 9/26/01
Aster umbellatus (flat-topped white aster)
Bidens comosa (beggar ticks) 9/26/01
Bidens laevis (larger bur marigold) 9/26/01
Brasenia schreberi (water shield)
Centaurea maculosa (spotted knapweed) 9/26/01
Cichorium intybus (chicory) 9/26/01
Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)
Conyza canadensis (horseweed)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) 9/26/01
Erechtites hieraciifolia (pileweed)
Erigeron sp. (daisy fleabane) 9/26/01
Eupatorium perfoliatum (boneset) 9/26/01
Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot) 9/26/01
Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod) 9/26/01
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)
Geum canadense (white avens)
Hieracium sp. (hawkweed) 9/26/01
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed)
Lespedeza intermedia (wand bush clover)
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)
Ludwigia palustris (water purslane)
Lycopus sp. (water horehound)
Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose) 9/26/01
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel) 9/26/01
Pedicularis canadensis? (wood betony)?
Peltandra virginica (arrow arum)
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum arenastrum (dooryard knotweed) 9/26/01
Polygonum hydropiper (water pepper)
Polygonum sagittatum (arrowhead tearthumb) 9/26/01
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal)
Solidago bicolor (silverrod) 9/26/01
Solidago caesia (blue stem goldenrod) 9/26/01
Solidago canadensis var. altissima (tall goldenrod)
Solidago erecta (slender goldenrod) 9/26/01
Solidago rugosa (rough stem goldenrod ) 9/26/01
Sparganium sp. (burreed)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion)
Trifolium pratense (red clover ) 9/26/01
Tussilago farfara (coltsfoot)
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)
Verbena hastata (blue vervain)
Verbena urticifolia (white vervain)
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)

Rushes:
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Sedges:
Carex lurida (sack sedge)
Eleocharis sp.

Grasses:
Digitaria ischaemum (smooth crab grass)
Echinochloa muricata (barnyard grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer tongue grass)
Phalaris arundinacea (Canary reed grass)

Ferns:
Dryopteris marginalis (marginal wood fern)
Dryopteris (common fancy wood fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Osmunda regalis (royal fern)
Polypodium sp. (rock cap fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)