CRONOMER HILL PARK
Newburgh, Orange County, NY
nearly 60 acres

The  Cronomer Hill Sports Complex is located on the south side of Gardnertown Road east of M and M Road and west of Locust Lane.  (The complex is adjacent to Algonquin Park.)


Directions:

US 87; US 84; exit 10 9W north; left onto North Plank Road (Route 32); drive to the small green mile marker 30 22 and turn left into the park entrance.  You can keep driving until you get to the lookout tower.

Located 3 miles north of Newburgh, this  county-owned park was known in the past for its unsurpassable Hudson River views.


Geology:

By the fire tower you can look south to the Hudson River. Cronomer Hill, however, is interesting because it is the isolate mountain you see when looking north from Schunemunck Mountain.  From the maps it looks like it is an outlier of the Taconic Klippe, one of  the many parts of  the Taconic Mountains that were pushed all around the place.  This piece ended up here.  (See Bowdoin Park in Dutchess County for more information on the Taconic Klippe.)


History:

around 1996?  --  I visited the park and found it closed due to vandalism and lack of funds; but it was open to walkers. I parked at the locked gate and walked up.  It is an old park that has been closed because of vandalism, etc. The old buildings are crumbling. There is a lot of broken glass around. There was once a fire tower that you could climb up but it is closed off and is rusting and probably dangerous (I did not try it).

January 6, 1997 --  Governor George E. Pataki announced the awarding of $8.55 million in grants to 128 projects statewide through the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).  The Orange Newburgh County Dept. of Parks Rec.& Conservation was granted $40,000 dollars for Cronomer Hill Renovation.

summer 2003  -- Antenna support structure put up on Cronomer Hill for the Cronomer Valley Fire Department's communications site. The site houses UHF, VHF and Low Band stations and repeaters.

July 27, 2003  -- came back and found the park open and the look out platform usable.  The view was hazy and so we could not really see that far, but could make out Bannerman's Island in the Hudson River and the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. 


Facilities:

There is picnicking at Cronomer Hill Park and, of course, hiking. 

At the Cronomer Hill Sports Complex on Gardnertown Road, there are lighted baseball fields and 6 tennis courts.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
* = 7/27/03 date plant found in bloom


Trees:
Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)
Catalpa sp. (catalpa)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus pensylvanica (green ash)?
Juglans nigra (black walnut)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Ostrya virginiana (American hop hornbeam)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Populus deltoides (cottonwood)
Populus grandidentata (big tooth aspen)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Philadelphus sp. (mock orange)
Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Salix discolor (pussy willow)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)

Vines:
Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Cuscuta sp. (dodder)
Menispermum canadense (moonseed)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis aestivalis (summer grape)

Herbs:
Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)
Actaea alba (doll's eyes)
Agrimonia sp. (agrimony) *
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) *
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)
Arctium minus (lesser burdock)
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack in the pulpit)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Aureolaria sp. (false fox glove) ?
Centaurea jacea (brown knapweed)? *
Centaurea maculosa (spotted knapweed) *
Cichorium intybus (chicory) *
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade)
Cryptotaenia canadensis (honewort)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) *
Desmodium glutinosum (pointed-leaved tick trefoil) *
Dianthus armeria (Deptford pink) *
Erigeron annuus (common daisy fleabane) *
Eupatorium perfoliatum (boneset)
Euphorbia maculata (spotted spurge)
Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry)
Galium mollugo (wild madder) *
Geum canadense (white avens)
Glechoma hederacea (gill-over-the-ground)
Hieracium caespitosum (field hawkweed) *
Hypericum perforatum (common St. Johnswort) *
Impatiens capensis (jewelweed) *
Leonurus cardiaca (motherwort)
Lepidium virginicum (poor man's pepper) *
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs) *
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife) *
Medicago lupulina (black medick) *
Melilotus alba (white sweet clover) *
Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover) *
Monotropa uniflora (Indian pipe)
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel) *
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed) *
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain) *
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonatum pubescens (hairy true Solomon's seal)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) *
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Potentilla argentea (silvery cinquefoil) *
Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)
Potentilla recta (rough-fruited cinquefoil) *
Rumex crispus (curled dock)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Silene vulgaris (bladder campion) *
Silene latifolia (white campion) *
Solanum carolinense (horse nettle) *
Solidago juncea (early goldenrod) * soon
Stellaria media (common chickweed)
Trifolium aureum (yellow clover) *
Trifolium hybridum (alslike clover) *
Trifolium pratense (red clover) *
Trifolium repens (white clover) *
Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)
Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)
Verbascum blattaria (moth mullein) *
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein) * soon
Verbena urticifolia (white vervain) *
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)
Viola sp. (Violet)

Rushes:
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Sedges:
Carex latifolia type (loose-flowered sedge type)
Carex lurida (sallow sedge)
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)
Carex vulpinoidea (fox sedge)
Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)

Grasses:
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Phleum pratense (timothy grass)

Ferns:
Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)
Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)