CALIFORNIA HILL MULTIPLE USE AREA (used to known as Peekskill Hollow MUA)
Kent, Putnam County, New York
296 acres


Take the Taconic State Parkway to the exit for Peekskill Hollow Road (just after mileage marker 10:52). Turn right at the stop sign. Drive 2.5 miles to a left turn onto Gordon Road. Drive .6 of a mile to the entrance on the left. You have to descend carefully on a somewhat steep drive and then bear left to the parking area. When I was there 5/09/01 there was a big puddle that had to be navigated around to get to the parking area.


Peekskill Hollow Creek flows out of Lake Tibet and travels southeast through the park.
Hardwood forests. Steep terrain. Overgrown fields. Cross country skiing, horse trails. Deer & upland game.


This area is a little tricky. You can go uphill south on an old road. But after a while it just sort of stops. A hunter told me if you keep bushwhacking south you will run into a yellow blazed trail, but I could not really find it (at least without fear of getting lost) so I turned around and came back.

Or, from the parking lot, you can go somewhat downhill, south then southeast. If you keep going on this old road, just as it kind of peters out you come to another road with those yellow trail blazes (very old and very badly done) that at this point takes you east (left) or west (right). You go uphill if you go right and it is hard to follow the yellow blazes. I gave up when I came up against a stone wall I had to cross over and just bushwhacked north to the first trail described above and returned that way to the parking lot.

Dr. Patrick Louis Cooney

Acer pensylvanicum (goosefoot maple) 5/09/01
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Carya spp. (hickories)
Castanea dentata (American chestnut)
Crataegus sp. (hawthorn)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus (green ash)
Juglans nigra (black walnut)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Tilia americana (American basswood)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry) 5/09/01 some -- not as bad as in Westchester
Corylus americana (hazelnut)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Forsythia sp. (golden bells) 5/09/01
Gaylussacia baccata (black huckleberry)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush) 5/09/01waning
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Spiraea alba var. latifolia (meadow sweet)
Spiraea sp. (bridal wreath? spiraea) 5/09/01 lots of very small clumps of white flowers
Spiraea tomentosa (steeplebush)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry) 5/09/01
Vaccinium pallidum (hillside blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)

Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Dioscorea villosa (wild yamroot)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis labrusca (fox grape)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 5/09/01 7/11/96
Anemone quinquefolia (wood anemone)
Aquilegia canadensis (columbine) 5/09/01
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)
Arctium sp. (burdock)
Arisaema triphyllum (jack in the pulpit) 5/09/01
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed) 7/11/96
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)
Cardamine diphylla (broad leaved toothwort)
Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)
Chimaphila maculata (spotted wintergreen)
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade) 7/11/96
Erythronium americanum (trout lily)
Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry) 5/09/01
Galium mollugo (wild madder)
Galium triflorum (sweet-scented bedstraw)
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium) 5/09/01
Geum canadense (white avens) 7/11/96
Glechoma hederacea (gill over the ground) 5/09/01
Hydrophyllum virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed) 7/11/96
Lotus corniculatus (birdfoot trefoil) 7/11/96
Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower) 5/09/01soon
Mitchella repens (partridge berry)
Osmorhiza claytonii (sweet cicely)
Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel) 7/11/96
Polygonatum pubescens (hairy true Solomon's seal) 5/09/01 soon
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)
Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaf buttercup) 5/09/01
Rumex crispus (curled dock)
Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)
Sedum telephioides (garden sedum)
Smilacina racemosa (false Solomon's seal)
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) 5/09/01
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue) 7/11/96
Trifolium pratense (red clover) 7/11/96
Trifolium repens (white clover) 7/11/96
Trillium erectum (red trillium)
Urtica dioica (stinging nettle) 7/11/96
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)
Viola conspersa (dog violet) 5/09/01
Viola cucullata (marsh blue violet) 5/09/01
Viola sororia (common blue violet) 5/09/01

Carex laxiflora type (sedge) 5/09/01
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge) 5/09/01 waning
Carex vulpinoidea (sedge)
Carex stricta (tussock sedge) 5/09/01
Luzula multiflora (wood rush) 5/09/01
Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)

Anthoxanthum odoratum (sweet vernal grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue panic grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Adiantum pedatum (maidenhair fern)
Athyrium filix-femina (maidenhair fern)
Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern) lots
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Pteridium aquilinum (bracken fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)