FITZGERALD FALLS
Greenwood Lake, Orange County, NY


Directions:

US 287 west over the Tappan Zee Bridge onto US 87 north; exit 15A for Route 17 north; exit onto Route 17A west; go into Greenwood Lake; at stop sign, turn right; as Route 17A west bears left up the mountain, go straight onto Mountain Lakes Lane, which becomes Route 5.  Set the odometer to 0.  At 3.6 miles (.4 miles north of Green Lake Middle School) park in a small pull-off just after the sign that welcomes you to Chester, New York and just before a power cut. 


Trail:

A 25-foot sliding cascade within a hemlock forest on the Appalachian Trail.

From Greenwood Lake village

Orange County Rt. 5 north (Lakes Road) for 3 miles to the trail's crossing

Goes east on the white-marked AT.  (If you went west you could go to Wildcat on Bellvale Mountain.)

You will cross a bridge over Trout Brook.  

Cross beneath a high-tension power line.

It is a short walk along the marked trail to the foot of the falls.

If you continue, the trail climbs alongside the falls and along a gorgeous mountain hemlock ravine.

Continuing on would take you to Mombasha High Point.  


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney (with a little bit of Bellvale Mountain across the road from the parking area)


Trees:
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush) *
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)

Shrubs:
Alnus serrulata (smooth alder)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Salix sp. (willow bush) *
Sambucus canadensis (common elderberry)
Vaccinium sp. (a low bush blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum)

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Anemone quinquefolia (wood anemone) *
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)
Boehmeria cylindrica (false nettle)
Cichorium intybus (chicory)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace)
Erythronium americanum (trout lily) *
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)
Geum sp. (white avens)
Hemerocallis fulva (tawny day lily)
Hepatica americana (round-lobed hepatica) *
Impatiens sp. (jewelweed)
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Oxalis sp. (wood sorrel)
Polygonatum pubescens (hairy true Solomon's seal)
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Potentilla sp. (cinquefoil)
Prenanthes altissima (tall lettuce)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal)
Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)
Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum (watercress)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad-leaved dock)
Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)
Solidago sp. (goldenrod)
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) *
Trifolium pratense (red clover)
Trillium sp. (trillium)
Uvularia sessilifolia (sessile-leaved bellwort)
Veratrum viride (swamp hellebore)
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)
Viola sororia (common blue violet) *

Sedges:
Carex laxiflora (sedge) *
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge) *

Ferns:
Dryopteris sp. (woodfern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Polypodium sp. (rock cap fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Pteridium aquilinum (bracken fern)
fern a small twice-cut fern, alternate lvs, oppt at bottom; bottom stem a little chaffy