Rowley's Bridge Trail
South Side Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County, New York


Saw Mill River Parkway north or south to the exit for Hastings-on-Hudson, Farragutt Parkway;  pass by Mt. Hope Blvd. on the right and at the Hastings High School turn left before coming to the signal light at the next intersection; at the T-intersection turn left onto Broadway; at the next right turn, turn right onto Washington Street; at the T-intersection by the railroad tracks turn left onto South Side Street; drive to the end of the road and park.  The trail is in front of you.


1846  --  the Rowley family settled in the Pinecrest area of Hastings.

1892  --  Samuel L. Cooper designed the 100-foot stone arch masonry bridge now known as Rowley Bridge over Rowley Brook.  The bridge was an integral part of the Warburton Avenue Extension Program, linking Yonkers with Hastings between 1893 and 1989. 


The Rowley Bridge Trail and the Fred and Louise Hubbard Trail Extension heads south from the parking area parallel and downhill to Warburton Avenue.  Near the end of the trail it climbs to Wahrburton Street. 

10/05/04.  There are some nice views of the Palisades from the Trail.  There is a hell of a lot of invasive plants here.  In fact, they nearly completely dominate the area. Especially harmful are porcelainberry and  Japanese hops. The volunteers have done a lot of work on the trail recently.  They have planted a lot of trees, shrubs and herbs. They have also added regular benches and picnic benches. Near Rowley's Bridge, they even have one part that is a garden area.  Rowley's Brook is channeled through the garden area with pretty steps over which the water flows.  Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard deserve a lot of credit for organizing the efforts.  (I met Fred once.  He had done a plant list for Hastings-on-Hudson, both the natural areas and horticultural areas, and wanted to know if the Torrey Botanical Society Journal would be interested in it.  Unfortunately, the Society is not interested in horticultural plants -- unless they have escaped into natural areas.) Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.

Dr. Patrick Louis Cooney
10/05/04 and 04/28/07  = plant blooming on date of field trip

Acer negundo (ash leaf maple)
Acer palmatum (Japanese maple)  planted
Acer platanoides (Norway maple)  4/28/07
Acer pseudoplatanus (sycamore maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Carya sp. (hickory)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Gleditsia triacanthos (honey locust)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Morus alba (white mulberry)
Paulownia tomentosa (princess tree)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus americana (American sycamore)  planted by Brownie troop #2361, 4/24/02
Populus deltoides (cottonwood)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Salix alba var. (weeping willow)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Taxus sp. (yew) -- planted

Shrubs and sub-shrubs:
Buddleja davidii (butterfly bush)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood) -- planted
Forsythia sp. (golden bells)  04/28/07
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Pachysandra terminalis (pachysandra)  4/28/07 soon
Rhododendron sp. (rhododendron)  --  planted
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rosa sp. (rose) -- planted  10/05/04
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum opulus (cranberry viburnum) -- planted
Vinca minor (periwinkle)  04/28/07

Ampelopsis brevipedunculata (porcelain berry)  -- lots and lots
Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed) 10/05/04
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Hedera helix (English ivy)
Humulus japonicus (Japanese hops)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)  10/05/04  a few blooms
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Sicyos angulatus (one-seeded cucumber)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Acalypha sp. (three-seeded mercury)
Ajuga reptans (ajuga)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)
Anthriscus sylvestris (wild chervil)
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)
Artemesia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster) 10/05/04
Aster novae-angliae (New England aster) --  planted 10/05/04
Chelidonium majus (celandine) 
Commelina communis (Asiatic day flower) 10/05/04
Coreopsis grandiflora ('Baby Sun') planted 10/05/04
Erechtites hieraciifolia (pileweed)
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane) 10/05/04
Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot) 10/05/04
Galinsoga quadriradiata (quickweed) 10/05/04
Glechoma hederacea (gill over the ground)  04/28/07
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed) 10/05/04
Iris sp. (iris) --  planted
Lamium purpureum (purple dead nettle)  04/28/07
Leonurus cardiaca (motherwort)
Lobelia cardinalis (cardinal flower) -- planted 10/05/04
Muscari botryoides (grape hyacinth)  planted 04/28/07
Narcissus sp. (daffodil)  --  04/28/07
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel)
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Pilea pumila (clearweed)
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) 10/05/04
Polygonatum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed) lots and lots of it
Polygonum virginianum (Virginia knotweed)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal)
Ranunculus ficaria (lesser celandine)  *
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Scilla sp. (blue squill)  04/28/07
Solidago caesia (blue-stem goldenrod) 10/05/04
Stellaria media (common chickweed)  04/28/07
Stylophorum diphyllum (celandine poppy)
Trifolium pratense (red clover) 10/05/04
Shanta daisy (planted) 10/05/04

Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Carex lurida (sallow sedge)

Digitaria sp. (crabgrass)
Echinochloa sp. (barnyard grass)
Eleusine indica (zipper grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)
Setaria faberi (nodding foxtail grass)
Setaria glauca (yellow foxtail grass)
purple fountain grass (planted)
zebra grass (planted)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Equisetum hyemale (scouring rush)
Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)