Pudding Street MUA
Putnam Valley, Putnam County, NY
74 acres


On Pudding Street, 1.35 miles NE off Taconic Pkwy . Not much parking. A pull off for two cars -- a third space available, but it would block the gate.

Right exit onto Pudding Street; cumulative figures: .15 miles to Lake Shore Road; .45 to Lake Shore Drive; .55 to Arbutus Road; .95 to Roaring Brook Country Estates; and 1.35 miles to the parking area on the right.


Level with mixed hardwood forest, marsh. Cross- country skiing, horse trails. Limited potential for waterfowl.


There is a big lake here. From the looks of it, with all the stumps in the water, the lake must be relatively new. Quite a few boulders on the way to the lake.  It looks like they might have been mining in the area because there are a lot of craters around. And sunken areas that almost look like former canals. Quite a few stone walls, indicating farm land?

6/5/01. Fork in the path; went straight (southeast) instead of taking the southwest choice (will come back on this path). Head south (but take a short diversion on the short trail that leads to the water of the lake).

Go thru 3 stone walls. Go over the power line cut. Big mud pond here from the ATVs (in fact, lots of muddy ponds on the paths because of the ATVs). Head downhill in a shaded valley.

At a T-intersection, you have a choice of going straight (south) or turning right (west). I went west. Trail goes downhill down to Pudding Street (near #132 Pudding Street). It's almost funny -- but the nice wire fence they put up was busted through (probably by the ATV enthusiasts) near Pudding Street. Turned around and walked back up the hill.

Took a path to the left that heads north and northeast back to the parking area. You go back over the power cut. Now the path seems to just stop at the power cut area but on the other side of the power cut there is a narrow dirt road. So you probably will just have to bush-whack thru to get to this dirt road and then the path that continues north off of that dirt road. (I did things the hard way because I did not know there was a dirt road on the other side of the power cut. I actually had to climb up the steep rocks to get to the top of the power cut, from where I finally saw the dirt road.)

On the path off the power cut dirt road, there is a sign facing the other way, saying "End of ATV access route." Keep going north/northeast on the path until it gets back to the parking area.

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

Acer pensylvanica (goosefoot maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Amelanchier arborea (shadbush)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Castanea dentata (American chestnut)
Crataegus sp. (hawthorn)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust) 6/5/01
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepperbush)
Corylus cornuta (cornuta) eglandular
Gaylussacia baccata (black huckleberry)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly)
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel) -- lots
Lindera benzoin (spice bush)
Populus grandidentata (big toothed aspen)
Rhus sp.
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus hispidus (swamp dewberry) 6/5/01
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry) 6/5/01
Spiraea latifolia (meadowsweet)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)
Vaccinium stamineum (deerberry) 6/5/01
Viburnum acerifolium (maple leaf viburnum) 6/5/01
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)

Ampelopsis brevipedunculata (porcelain berry)
Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vincetoxicum nigrum (black swallowwort) 6/5/01 lots of them in the power cut area
Vitis labrusca (fox grape)
(vine opp. leaved dark green fat ellip, not hairy

Achillea millefolium (yarrow)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 6/5/01
Aquilegia canadensis (columbine) 6/5/01 waning
Arabis glabra (tower mustard)? glaucous mustard, clasping leaves 6/5/01
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)
Arctium sp. (burdock)
Arisaema triphyllum (jack in the pulpit)
Artemisia vulgaris (mugwort)
Asclepias syriacus (common milkweed)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress) 6/5/01
Brasenia? (water shield)
Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)
Cerastium vulgatum (mouse-ear chickweed)
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (ox-eye daisy) 6/5/01
Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)
Comptonia peregrina (sweetfern)
Dentaria cucullaria (Dutchman's breeches)
Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)
Galium asprellum (rough bedstraw)
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium) 6/05/01
Glechoma hederacea (gill over the ground) 6/5/01
Hieracium caespitosum (yellow king devil) 6/5/01
Hieracium floribundum (pale hawkweed) 6/5/01
Impatiens capensis (jewelweed)
Lespedeza sp. (bush clover)
Lycopus virginiana (bugleweed)
Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Melilotus sp. (sweet clover)
Myosotis sp. (forget-me-not)?
Nuphar variegata (spatterdock) 6/5/01
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel)
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonatum pubescens (hairy true Solomon's seal)
Polygonum amphibium? (knotweed)
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil) 6/5/01
Prenanthes altissima (tall lettuce)
Prenanthes trfoliolata (rattlesnake root)
Ranunculus acris (tall buttercup) 6/5/01
Ranunculus bulbosus (kidney leaf buttercup)
Rumex acetosella (field sorrel)
Smilacina (false Solomon's seal)
Solidago spp. (goldenrods)
Sparganium sp. (burreed)
Taraxacum (dandelion) 6/5/01
Trientalis borealis (star flower)
Trifolium pratense (red clover) 6/5/01
Trifolium repens (white clover) 6/5/01
Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)
Uvularia perfoliata (perfoliate leaved bellwort)
Uvularia sessilifolia (sessile-leaved bellwort)
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell) 6/5/01

Rushes and Sedges:
Carex laxiflora type sedge
Carex pensylvanica
Carex stricta (tussock sedge)
Juncus effusus (soft rush)
Luzula multiflora (wood rush)
Scirpus atrovirens (darkgreen bulrush)
Scirpus cyperinus (woolly grass bulrush)
Scirpus effusus (soft rush)

Anthoxanthum odoratum (sweet vernal grass)
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass) lots
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue panic grass)
Panicum sp. (panic grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)
Poa annuus (annual bluegrass) 6/5/01
Poa compressa (Canada bluegrass)
Poa pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass) 6/5/01
Schizachyrium scoparium (little blue stem grass)
Setaria sp. (foxtail grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)
Osmunda regalis (royal fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Pteridium aquilinum (bracken fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)