MOUNTAINVIEW NATURE PARK
Rockland County, NY
73 acres


Directions:

US 87 west over Tappan Zee Bridge; exit 12 for Route 303 north; at the light, turn right and then almost immediately left onto North Greenbush Road (just south of and adjacent to the Journal-News building). Follow to the intersection with Strawberry Hill Lane and you will see the sign for the park and the adjacent parking area.


Geology:

A portion of the Palisades ridge that has temporarily left the Hudson River and moved inland north of the Sparkill Gap before returning to the river in Nyack as Hook Mountain. (Serrao 1986:142)

There is a 475 foot elevation vista of the Tappan Zee Bridge and the NY Thruway (Route 87).


History:

In 1979 the area was acquired by Rockland County. It was a gift from the Winston Perry family, which donated the county's 50 percent share of the acquisition cost.


Habitat:

second growth woods. Mixed oak and hickory.


Trails:

10/21/02. Head out in a southeast direction. Cross over a brook on a wooden ridge. Left turn heading slightly northeast; through a stonewall; right turn; come to US 287 up the hill (fairly noisy because of all the cars); stream along the highway; right turn heading east. Fork in the road (start of a loop trail up and back down the mountain -- you will return to this point on the way back); the orange trail goes uphill left to the top of the mountain; I go straight, east, on the white trail, which also heads up the mountain, but in a more round-about way. Head up a rocky slope. Now the trail starts reminding me of a walk on the Palisades; wineberry shrubs root themselves on the trail from long arching arms descending down the slope. Come to a small overview of the mall and US 87 heading west, but this is still not the top of the mountain. Hook up with the orange trail, but still stay on the white trail heading uphill east. If you keep heading east on the white trail, it leads into the orange trail again that in turn leads to Mountainview Avenue across from numbers 211, 221, and 23 and just south of number 256 (white house with a black roof). The park entrance is a short ways north of the intersection of Mountainview Avenue and Sugar Hill Road (across from the Forest Ridge development). There is no parking here for the park. (There is a blue trail off the orange trail shortly before reaching Mountainview Avenue.)  I turned around and followed the Orange Trail downhill back to its intersection with the white trail and then back out.

5/13/03.  Went up the mountain via the orange trail, a somewhat steep ascent.  Got lost a bit on top and had to use my compass, but in getting lost found a nice area with not a mountain view, but a clear, unobstructed view over the Palisades Center Mall and the surrounding area.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney; date =  when plant found in bloom.


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Aralia spinosa (devil's walking stick)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)
Carya glabra (pignut hickory)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Catalpa sp. (catalpa) along Mountain View Avenue
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood) 5/13/03
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juglans nigra (a black walnut)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Populus grandidentata (big-toothed aspen)
Prunus serotina (black cherry) 5/13/03
Pyrus sp. (crab apple) 5/13/03
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus stellata (post oak)? White oak bark or a weirdly deformed white oak?
Sassafras albidum (sassafras) 5/13/03
Tilia americana (American basswood)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Corylus sp. (hazel)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus) 5/13/03
Forsythia sp. (golden bells) along Mountain View Avenue
Gaylussacia baccata (black huckleberry) 5/13/03 soon
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)  5/13/03 along Mountain View Avenue
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Philadelphus sp. (mock orange) along Mountain View Avenue
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Sambucus canadensis (elderberry)
Staphylea trifolia (bladdernut)
Vaccinium sp. (blueberry) along Mountain View Avenue
Viburnum dentatum (hairy arrowwood viburnum)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum) 5/13/03
Vinca minor (periwinkle) 5/13/03 along Mountain View Avenue

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Polygonum scandens (climbing false buckwheat)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vincetoxicum nigrum (black swallowwort)
Vitis sp. (grape vine)
Wisteria sp. (wisteria) along Mountain View Avenue

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 5/13/03
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Anemonella thalictroides (rue anemone) 5/13/03
Antennaria sp. (pussytoes) 5/13/03
Aquilegia canadensis (columbine) 5/13/03
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)
Aster cordifolius (heart-leaved aster) 10/21/02
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress) 5/13/03
Cardamine concatenata (cut-leaved toothwort)
Cardamine parviflora (dry land bittercress) 5/13/03
Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh) 5/13/03
Cerastium vulgatum (mouse-ear chickweed) 5/13/03
Chenopodium album (pigweed) along Mountain View Avenue
Cichorium intybus (chicory) 10/21/02 along Mountain View Avenue
Claytonia virginica (spring beauty) 5/13/03
Erechtites hieraciifolia (pileweed)
Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)
Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry) 5/13/03
Galinsoga sp. (gallant soldiers) 10/21/02 along Mountain View Avenue
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium) 5/13/03
Geum canadense (white avens)
Hedeoma pulegioides (American pennyroyal)
Hieracium venosum (rattlesnake hawkweed)
Hieracium sp. (hawkweed)
Hypoxis hirsuta (yellow stargrass) 5/13/03
Impatiens sp. (jewelweed)
Krigia virginica (one-flowered Cynthia) 5/13/03
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)
Narcissus sp. (daffodil)
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel) 5/13/03
Oxalis violacea (violet wood sorrel) 5/13/03
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) 10/21/02
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal)
Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaf crowfoot) 5/13/03
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) 5/13/03
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)
Veronica serpyllifolia (thyme-leaved speedwell)  5/13/03
Viola palmata (palmate-leaved violet) 5/13/03
Viola sororia (common blue violet) 5/13/02

Rushes:
Juncus effusus (soft rush) near Strawberry Lane North
Luzula multiflora (wood rush)

Sedges:
Carex laxiflora type (loose-flowered sedge type) 5/13/03
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)
Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)

Grasses:
Andropogon gerardii (turkey claw)
Anthoxanthum odoratum (sweet vernal grass) 5/13/03
Digitaria sp. (crab grass)
Echinochloa crus-galli (barnyard grass)
Elymus hystrix (bottlebrush grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer tongue grass)
Poa annua (annual bluegrass) 5/13/03
Schizachyrium scoparium (little blue stem grass)
Setaria faberi (nodding foxtail grass)

Ferns:
Asplenium platyneuron (ebony spleenwort)
Dryopteris marginalis (marginal woodfern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)