HEMLOCK RIDGE MULTIPLE USE AREA
Town of Plattekill, Ulster County, NY
52 acres


Directions:

from US 9W in Milton; turn west on Ulster County Route 10 (Milton Turnpike); go 4.1 miles to a left turn onto South Street; 0.8 miles, a narrower South Street turns left off the main road, now watch for this carefully; follow South Street; go 1.7 miles, where South Street becomes Lewis Road; continue 0.4 miles more to the parking entrance on the left.


Trails:

There is a complex of logging, hunting and off-road-vehicle roads that sometimes shift with each year.

See: Peggy Turco

09/01/2004.  My son and I took a walk along a wide path into the woods.  There are a lot of side paths (some of which just dead end), but at each fork or other choice we bore right.  There are some confusing blue blazes and yellow blazes, but we got the feeling these were done very informally by those who did not want to get lost as they bush-whacked their way through the woods.  (At one fork in the path, there were two blue blazes indicating to go left, but on the very next tree there were two blue blazes indicating to go right. My son commented that the guy doing the blazes must be the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz, unable to make up his mind which way to go.) 

For part of the way we followed some yellow blazes  -- hard to follow since the blazes were at odd intervals and hard to find at times.  Anyway we worked to the top of one low ridge and then went down into the valley between our ridge and the next ridge over. Decided I had gotten enough of an idea of the vegetation of the area and we decided to turn back.  Saw two red newts.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
* = plant found in bloom  on day of field trip, September 01, 2004


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Amelanchier arborea (shadbush)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Castanea dentata (American chestnut)
Crataegus sp. (hawthorn)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Ostrya virginiana (Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Populus deltoides (cottonwood)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tilia americana (basswood)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Shrubs and Sub-shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Chimaphila maculata (striped wintergreen)
Gaultheria procumbens (checkerberry)
Gaylussacia baccata (black huckleberry)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honey suckle)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus odoratus (purple-flowering raspberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Rubus sp. (dewberry)
Sambucus canadensis (common elderberry)
Staphylea trifolia (bladdernut)
Vaccinium pallidum (hillside blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum (hairy arrowwood viburnum)

Vines:
Adlumia fungosa (Allegheny vine)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Polygonum scandens (climbing hempweed)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Herbs:
Actaea alba (doll's eyes)
Amaranthus retroflexus (green amaranth) *
Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut) *
Aquilegia canadensis (columbine)
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack in the pulpit)
Aster acuminatus (sharp-leaved aster) *
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster) *
Aster spp. (small white asters) *
Bidens sp. (beggar tick) * 3 lflts
Collinsonia canadensis (horsebalm) *
Corallorhiza maculata (spotted coralroot) according to Peggy Turco
Cryptotaenia canadensis (honewort)
Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman's breeches)
Epipactis helleborine (helleborine orchid)
Erechtites hieraciifolia (pileweed) *
Eupatorium perfoliatum (boneset) *
Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot) *
Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod) *
Geranium sp. (geranium)
Hieracium paniculatum (panicled hawkweed) *
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed) *
Lactuca biennis (tall blue lettuce)
Lobelia inflata (Indian tobacco)  *
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Monotropa uniflora (Indian pipe)
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel) *
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Pilea pumila (clearweed) *
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonatum sp. (true Solomon's seal)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) *
Polygonum sagittatum (halberd-leaved tearthumb) *
Prenanthes altissima (tall white lettuce)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal) *
Smilacina racemosa (false Solomon's seal)
Solanum nigrum (black nightshade) *
Solidago bicolor (silverrod)
Solidago rugosa (rough-stemmed goldenrod) *
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage))
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) *
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue)
Trientalis borealis (star flower)
Urtica dioica var. dioica (stinging nettle) *
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)

Rushes:
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Sedges:
Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)

Grasses:
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)

Ferns:
Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Polypodium sp. (rock cap fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Pteridium aquilinum (bracken fern)
Thelypteris hexagonoptera (broad beech fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)