Davenport Preserve
Clarkstown, Rockland County, NY


Directions:

US 87; 15.2  miles   Exit 13 -- Palisades Interstate Parkway; 20.8 miles reach Exit 12; right turn onto Conklin Road; 21.6 miles, make a left onto Buena Vista Road; bear right Saw Mill Road.  Just about 20-30 yards at the bear right turn, the entrance is on the left.  It is a very hidden entrance on a brown sign that is hard to see.


This is an undeveloped park.  And there is virtually no parking.  You can pull-off the road on the right side across from the entrance, but just enough space for one car.  

I followed the remains of a blacktop surface to an old parking-area.  The whole area, plus the trail, is becoming very overgrown.  And the path to the old parking area is not very long.  It is not worth it to come here.  

8/11/04.  Brother-in-law Ceferino Santana and I walked to the carport area and then bushwhacked north passing over three stone walls going north-south with another stone wall on our left (going east and west).  Crossed over the third stone wall and made our way to the small stream indicated on the county map.  Behind the stream are private houses.  We had to make an early exit because rain threatened.  It became very dark in the woods and it was difficult to identify many of the species.  On the return trip we saw a group of some dozen or so wild turkeys (many of them young turkeys).  We beat the rain to the car.  When the rain did come, it came down in torrents and it was slow driving back home.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
dates = dates of field trips on which the plant was found in bloom, 4/30/98; 8/11/04


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Aralia spinosa (Hercules' club)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood) 4/30/98
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Picea abies (Norway spruce) alley way of it along part of the trail
Populus alba (white poplar)
Populus deltoides (cottonwood)
Pyrus malus (apple tree) 4/30/98
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Tilia americana (American basswood)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Forsythia sp. (golden bells)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Ligustrum sp. (privet) a privet hedge
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum)

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)
Wisteria sp. (wisteria)

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 4/30/98
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) 8/11/04
Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot)
Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry) 4/30/98
Geum sp. (avens)
Impatiens sp. (jewelweed)
Lysimachia nummularia (moneywort)
Narcissus sp. (white daffodils)
Potentilla canadensis (common cinquefoil)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal) 8/11/04
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) 4/30/98

Grasses:
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)
Schizachyrium scoparium (little blue stem grass)

Ferns:
Athyrium thelypteroides (silvery glade fern) ?
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)