Hastings Woods and Park
Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County, NY Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
the Woods (48.06 acres) and the Park (49.9 acres)


North on Saw Mill River Parkway to exit 4 for Farragut Parkway; turn right onto Mount Hope Boulevard; go up the hill and then down a little and turn left onto Lefurgy Avenue; at the entrance to the Hillside Elementary School turn right onto Wood Avenue and park. There is an unmarked trail leading into the woods from Wood Avenue.


The rock is metamorphosed gneiss with white bands of intruded quartz and large glacial erratics brought into the area during the Wisconsin glacier 10,000 to 13,000 years ago.

The Park contains Sugar Pond, Hillside School, the tennis courts and Chemka swimming pool.  Hillside Woods includes the Meadow, Vernal Pond, and Algonquin Trail.


1682  --  Frederick Philipse, head of the Philipse Manor, once owned the land of Yonkers and Hastings-on-Hudson, as well as other areas north to the Van Cortlandt Manor territory.

before 1723  --  farmer Amos Levine settled in the current Hillside Park .

1941  --  the village of Hastings acquired the Hillside Park area from the Jewish Mental Health Society.

1993  --  after passage of a $3.4 million dollar bond issue to avoid development, Hillside Woods was purchased for the village through The Trust for Public Land.


The main trail starts in Hillside Park and goes from the intersection of Farlane Drive and South Drive, east to the tennis courts, north by some ruins, northeast past Sugar Pond, east parallel to the northern border, and then into Hillside Woods heading south to the Meadow, southeast past Waterfall Rock, east passing just south of the Vernal Pond, and then southeast to the Algonquin Trail that heads northeast roughly paralleling the Saw Mill River Parkway.  There are many side trails.

As far as I can tell, the trails are not really marked, although there is some leftover markings from various trails that might have at one time existed. You can walk along the ridge around the school and then turn left down to Sugar Pond (behind the school). One can walk around Sugar Pond and then turn left and go up towards Children's Village and then turn right and then right again to get back to the original area.

8/21/02  --  went out with Ms. Lauren Christie on a hike in Hillside Woods. We found Sugar Pond filled with lots of pea soup algae that virtually covered the entire surface of the pond.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.

10/06/04.  --  Dog Sonar and I walked from Reynolds field through Hillside Park and Hillside Woods.  There do appear to be some yellow markers for the trails, but I found them a bit confusing.  The Algonquin trail is clearly marked in yellow.  This trail heads downhill with a brook on the right side as one descends.  Nearing the Saw Mill River Parkway, the trail turns left; I imagine it goes up to children's village but don't know for sure..

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

Acer japonica (Japanese maple) 4/25/99 soon
Acer negundo (box elder maple)
Acer platanoides (Norway maple) 4/02/00
Acer rubrum (red maple) 4/02/00 4/11/99
Acer saccharinum (silver maple) planted
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Albizia julibrissin (silk tree)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)
Carya glabra (pignut hickory)
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Castanea dentata (American chestnut)
Catalpa sp. (catalpa)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash) 4/25/99
Gleditsia triacanthos (honey locust)
Larix sp. (larch) planted
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Morus alba (white mulberry)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Paulownia tomentosa (empress tree)
Picea glauca (blue spruce)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus occidentalis (sycamore)
Populus deltoides (cottonwood)
Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)
Prunus avium (sweet cherry)
Prunus pensylvanica (bird cherry) 4/25/99
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Pyrus malus (apple) -- 4/25/99 soon
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak) 4/25/99
Quercus velutina (black oak) 4/02/00 4/25/99
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Salix alba var. (weeping willow) 4/11/99 4/25/99
Salix nigra (black willow)
Salix sp. (willow)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras) 4/25/99
Taxus canadensis (American yew)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
Ulmus americana (American elm) 4/02/00

Alnus sp. (alder)
Aronia arbutifolia (red chokeberry)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry) 4/25/99
Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush)
Chimaphila maculata (striped wintergreen)
Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepperbush)
Cornus amomum (swamp or silky dogwood)
Cornus racemosa (gray-stem dogwood)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Forsythia sp. (forsythia) 4/02/00 4/11/99 4/25/99
Hamamelis virginiana (witch-hazel)
Hibiscus syriacus (rose of Sharon) 8/21/02
Ligustrum vulgare (common privet)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush) 4/02/00 4/11/99 4/25/99
Lonicera morrowii (morrow's honeysuckle)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Pachysandra terminalis (pachysandra) 4/25/99
Philadelphus sp. (mock orange)
Rhododendron periclymenoides (pinkster flower) 4/11/99
Rhodotypos scandens (jet bead)
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus alleghaniensis (common blackberry)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry raspberry)
Salix discolor (pussy willow) 4/02/00
Spiraea japonica (Japanese spiraea) planted 10/06/04
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry) 4/25/99
Vaccinium pallidum (hillside blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum)
Vinca minor (periwinkle) 4/02/00 4/11/99 4/25/99

Ampelopsis brevipedunculata (porcelain berry)
Apios americana (groundnut)
Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asian bittersweet)
Cuscuta gronovii (common dodder) 8/19/98
Hedera helix (English ivy)
Humulus lupulus (common hops)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Sicyos angulatus (bur cucumber)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis aestivalis (summer grape)
Vitis riparia (riverbank grape)
Wisteria frutescens (wisteria)

Acalypha sp. (three-seeded mercury)
Aegopodium podagraria (goutweed)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed) 8/21/02
Ambrosia trifida (giant ragweed) 8/19/98 9/13/98
Antennaria sp. (pussytoes)
Anthriscus sylvestris (wild chervil) 4/25/99
Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp dogbane)
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)
Arctium sp. (burdock)
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-pulpit)
Artemisia absinthium (common wormwort)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort) 9/13/98
Asarum canadense (wild ginger)
Aster cordifolius (heart-leaved aster) 10/06/04
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster) 10/06/04
Aureolaria flava (smooth false foxglove)
Bidens cernua (nodding bur marigold) 9/13/98
Bidens comosa (swamp beggar ticks)
Bidens frondosa (devil's beggar ticks) 9/13/98
Boehmeria cylindrica (false nettle)
Brassica juncea (Indian or Chinese mustard)
Carum carvi -- id by Hubbard
Centaurea nigra (black knapweed) 8/21/02
Centaurea jacea (brown knapweed) 8/19/98
Chenopodium album (pigweed) 8/21/02
Cichorium intybus (chicory) 8/19/98 9/21/02 10/06/04
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade)
Collinsonia canadensis (horsebalm) 9/13/98
Commelina communis (Asiatic dayflower) 8/19/98 8/21/02 9/13/98 10/06/04
Conyza canadensis (horseweed) 8/21/02
Coronilla varia (crown vetch) 8/21/02
Cypripedium acaule (pink lady's slipper)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) 8/19/98 8/21/02
Desmodium canadense ? (showy tick trefoil) 8/19/98
Desmodium paniculatum (panicled trefoil) 8/19/98 8/21/02
Dianthus armeria (Deptford pink)
Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman's breeches)
Epifagus virginiana (beech drops)
Epilobium coloratum (purple-leaved willow herb) 9/13/98
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane) 8/21/02
Erythronium americanum (trout lily) 4/25/99
Eupatorium maculatum (spotted Joe-Pye-weed) 8/19/98
Eupatorium perfoliatum (boneset) 9/13/98
Eupatorium purpureum (sweet-scented Joe-Pye-weed) 8/19/98
Eupatorium rugosum (white snake root) 9/13/98 9/21/02 10/06/04
Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod) 8/19/98 9/13/98 10/06/04
Geum canadense (white avens)
Glechoma hederacea (gill-over-the-ground) 4/25/99
Helianthus decapetalus (thin-leaved sunflower)
Helianthus divaricatus (woodland sunflower)
Hemerocallis fulva (tawny day lily)
Hesperis matronalis (dame's rocket) 9/13/98
Hieracium kalmii (Canada hawkweed) 8/19/98
Hieracium sp. (hawkweed) 8/21/02
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed) 8/19/98 9/13/98
Lactuca canadensis (wild lettuce)
Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce)
Lamium purpureum (purple dead nettle)4/29/99
Larix sp. (larch)
Lathyrus latifolius (everlasting pea)
Lemna sp. (duckweed)
Lepidium virginicum (poor man's pepper)
Lobelia inflata (Indian tobacco lobelia)
Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)
Lysimachia quadriflora (smooth loosestrife)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife) 8/19/98
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Melilotus alba (white sweet clover)
Mentha x piperita (peppermint)
Mollugo verticillata (carpetweed) 8/21/02
Monotropa uniflora (Indian pipe)
Narcissus sp. (daffodil) 4/25/99 waning
Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose) 8/21/02
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel) 8/19/98 8/21/02 9/13/98 10/06/04
Panax trifolius (dwarf ginseng)
Peltandra virginica (arrow arum)
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed) 10/06/04
Pilea pumila (clearweed)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain) 8/21/02
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonatum biflorum (true Solomon's seal)
Polygonum arenastrum (dooryard knotweed) 8/19/98
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) 8/19/98 8/21/02 9/13/98 10/06/04
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Polygonum pensylvanicum (Pennsylvania smartweed) 8/21/02
Polygonum persicaria (lady's thumb) ?  10/06/04
Polygonum sagittatum (arrow-leaved tearthumb)
Polygonum virginianum (Virginia knotweed) 8/19/98 8/21/02
Portulaca oleracea (common purslane) 8/21/02
Potentilla canadensis (dwarf cinquefoil)
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal) 8/21/02
Ranunculus ficaria (lesser celandine) -- 4/25/99
Rumex obtusifolius (broad-leaved dock)
Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)
Scutellaria lateriflora (maddog skullcap)
Silene caroliniana (wild pink)
Smilacina racemosa (false Solomon's seal)
Solidago bicolor (silverrod goldenrod) 9/13/98 10/06/04
Solidago caesia (blue-stemmed goldenrod) 9/13/98 10/06/04
Solidago canadensis (Canada goldenrod) 8/21/02
Solidago juncea (early goldenrod) 8/19/98
Solidago odora (sweet goldenrod) 10/06/04
Solidago rugosa (rough-stemmed goldenrod) 10/06/04
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) 4/25/99 8/19/98 8/21/02
Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue)
Trifolium pratense (red clover) 8/19/98 8/21/02 10/06/04
Trifolium repens (white clover) 8/19/98 8/21/02
Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)
Verbena urticifolia (white vervain) 8/21/02
Viola sororia (common blue violet) 4/25/99
Wolffia sp. (water meal)

Juncus effusus (soft rush)
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Carex crinita (fringed sedge)
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge) 4/25/99
Cyperus strigosus (nut sedge)
Scirpus atrovirens (dark-green bulrush)
Scirpus cyperinus (woolly grass bulrush)

Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Digitaria sanguinalis (hairy crabgrass)
Echinochloa crus-gallii (barnyard grass)
Eleusine indica (zipper grass)
Leersia virginica (white grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue panic grass)
Phleum pratense (timothy grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)
Poa annua (annual bluegrass)
Setaria faberi (nodding foxtail grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York beech fern)


9/18/1966 in 1967 volume, p. 60.
The park, which belongs to the village, has been left in its natural state. Though small, it comprises several different plant communities -- bottomland, open oak wood on higher ground, beechwood on the intervening slope, and on the hilltop a meadow reverting to forest.

The Hastings Nature Program Committee, with the help of the Audubon Society of Greenwich, constructed a nature trail in the area one and a half years ago. Since then it has been well used by residents and the elementary school. A summer program in outdoor ecology for 3-6 graders run by the latter has been very successful. This autumn a trained naturalist has been employed to lead walks on weekends.

The fungi . . . The bottomland, a mixed deciduous wood bisected by a stream, yielded some interesting plants, notably, turtle head (Chelone glabra) in flower, spikenard (Aralia racemosa) with its purple berries, stone root (Collinsonia canadensis) still in flower, sweet pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia), and on higher ground spotted wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata). The cooperation of 30 pairs of trained eyes revealed some species not previously recorded in the park -- notably Botrychium dissectum, the grape fern. In the beech wood, beech drop (Epifagus virginiana), a parasite on the tree roots, was discovered. Another parasite, the showy false foxglove (Aureolaria flava) was still in flower in a few places in the meadow. Nearby was mountain mint (Pycnanthemum flexuosum).

The trip concluded delightfully with a reception given by the Hastings Nature Program Committee at the home of the Chairman, Mrs. Charles Callison. Our thanks go to Mr. and Mrs. Callison for their kind sympathy. Attendance 35. Leader, Doris M. Stone.

September 19, 1970
Samuel Ristich