Pound Ridge, Westchester County, NY


Take I-684 north about 25 miles to exit 4. Go east (right) on Route 172 for 1.8 miles then northeast (left) on Route 22 for 1.2 miles, then east (right) on Pound Ridge Road for 4 miles. Go north (left) on Route 124 about 0.5 mile; turn northeast (right) onto Trinity Pass. Go 0.7 mile; the preserve is on the right, just before the intersection with Donbrook Road. Look for a white fence and gate.


At the turn of the century the property was part of the Scofield Farm, but in 1928 it was bought by Hiram Halle, a local conservationist. These two ponds were built in the 1930s, presumably for enhancing wildlife use of the area. The unnamed stream that flows through the grounds descends about 100 feet from here through the winding 1/3-mile-long gorge. The trail crosses and re-crosses the stream several times.


Halle Ravine is only 38 acres, but it is an interesting hemlock gorge. The trail follows a narrow stream that winds its way down from two ponds through hemlock trees to a more open area. Continuing one comes to a field.  Then you have to turn around and go back the way you came.


Carol Levine

Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood) 5/14/94 5/22/93
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americanus (white ash)
Fraxinus nigra (black ash)
Fraxinus pensylvanica (red ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Platanus occidentalis (sycamore)
Prunus serotina (black cherry) 5/14/94 5/22/93
Salix babylonica (weeping willow)
Salix caprea (goat willow)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras )
Sorbus sp. (mountain ash)
Tilia americana (American linden)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock )
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cornus alternifolia (alternate-leaved dogwood)
Cornus racemosa (grey stemmed dogwood)
Dirca palustris (leatherwood)
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive) 5/22/93
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus) 5/14/94 5/22/93
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera sp. (honeysuckle) 5/14/94 5/22/93 5/26/92
Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian honeysuckle) 5/14/94 5/22/93
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Ribes sp. (wild currant)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)

Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape vine)

Achillea millefolium (yarrow)
Actaea alba (white baneberry) 5/14/94 5/22/93 5/26/92
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 5/22/93 5/26/92
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Anemonella thalictroides (rue anemone)
Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)
Arabis laevigata (smooth rockcress)
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla) 5/14/94 5/22/93 5/26/92
Arisaema triphyllum (jack in the pulpit)
Asarum canadense (wild ginger)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)
Barbarea vulgaris (common winter cress) 5/14/5/22/93
Cardamine diphylla (toothwort) 5/14/94
Cardamine laciniata (cut-leaved toothwort)
Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)
Cimicifuga racemosa (bugbane)
Claytonia virginica (spring beauty)
Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman's breeches)
Erythronium americanum (trout lily)
Fragaria sp. (wild strawberry) 5/26/92
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium) 5/14/94 5/22/93 5/26/92
Geum sp. (avens) 5/26/92
Impatiens capensis (orange touch-me-not)
Laportea canadensis (wood nettle)
Lapsana communis (nipplewort)
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower) 5/22/93 5/26/92
Medeola virginiana (Indian cucumber root)
Mitella diphylla (miterwort) 5/14/94 5/22/93
Osmorhiza claytonii (sweet cicely) 5/14/94 5/22/93
Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)
Polygonatum biflorum (true Solomon's seal) 5/14/94 5/22/93
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Prenanthes alba (white lettuce)
Prenanthes altissima (tall white lettuce)
Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaf buttercup)
Ranunculus recurvatus (hooked buttercup) 5/14/94
Sanguinaria canadensis (blood root)
Sanicula marilandica (black snakeroot)
Senecio aureus (golden ragwort) 5/14/94 5/22/93
Smilacina racemosa (false Solomon's seal) 5/14/94 5/26/92
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadow rue)
Trifolium pratense (red clover)
Trillium erectum (purple trillium)
Urtica dioica (stinging nettle)
Viola blanda (sweet white violet) 5/14/94
Viola cucullata (marsh blue violet) 5/14/94
Viola pedata (birdfoot violet)
Viola pubescens (downy yellow violet) 5/14/94
Viola rotundifolia (round-leaved violet)
Viola sagittata (arrow-leaved violet )
Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Anthoxanthum odoratum (sweet vernal grass) 5/26/92
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)
Equisetum hyemale (scouring rush)
Adiantum pedatum (maidenhair fern)
Athyrium filix-femina (lady gladefern)
Athyrium thelypteroides (silvery gladefern)
Botrychium virginianum (rattlesnake fern)
Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern )
Dryopteris marginalis (marginal wood fern)
Dryopteris spinulosa (spinulouse woodfern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)