Dutchess County, NY


North on the Taconic State Parkway. Head to mile marker 11:27 and exit right (east) onto Hortontown Road. (The exit after the one for Rt.. 301 to Cold Spring.) You have to turn around here and head west over the Taconic State Parkway (there being no left exit off the parkway).

For the north side of Shenandoah Mountain:
Drive 2.1 miles to a pull-off just a little ways north of the Appalachian Trail and just .2 of a mile south of the intersection of Hortontown Road and Miller Hill Road.

For the south side of Shenandoah Mountain:
Another parking area is at Long Hill Road (right turn off Hortontown Road heading north), which is south of the Hortontown Road parking area. On Long Hill Road, travel one mile to a parking area on the right. Long Hill Road is paved at first, but as it starts uphill it is unpaved.


Heading southwest on the Appalachian Trail takes the hiker to Shenandoah Mountain, while heading northeast takes the walker onto Hosner Mountain.

11/01/02. I see another mountain range off to the NE with a tower on it (Hosner Mountain). Parallel a power cut on the right until I intersect with it. The view north from the power cut is one of huge industries and housing in the valley. (One of the big industries is the Hudson Valley Research Park -- employee entrance at Route 27 and Lime Kiln Road.) The power cut descends into the valley. Come to a spot with lots of red cedars & dewberry. Come to a hemlock grove. Arrive at a sign saying Shenandoah Tenting Area (water 0.1 mile) on blue trail (they have a nice area with a garage looking building, picnic tables under cover, and a large yard with apple and cherry trees; ate one of the apples -- very tasty). It looks like there was an old road here by the tenting area. Come to a view east. I see the exit sign on the Taconic Parkway for Miller Hill Road. Come to another hemlock grove and then a steep descent to a narrow valley/gorge. I turn around and head back. If I had kept going I would have eventually come to the RPH shelter. Continuing on leads to the parking lot on Hortontown Road.

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney; 11/01/02
* = plant found in bloom

Acer pensylvanicum (goosefoot maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Amelanchier arborea (shadbush)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Betula papyrifera (paper birch)?
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya glabra (pignut hickory)
Carya spp. (hickory)
Castanea dentata (American chestnut)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Ostrya virginiana (American hop hornbeam)
Populus grandidentata (big-toothed aspen)
Prunus avium (planted)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Pyrus malus (apple tree) planted
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Chimaphila maculata (striped wintergreen)
Cornus alternifolia (alternate-leaved dogwood)
Corylus sp. (hazel) planted
Gaultheria procumbens (checkerberry)
Gaylussacia baccata (black huckleberry)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) *
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)?
Rhus sp. (sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus hispidus (swamp dewberry)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus sp. (black berry)
Sambucus canadensis (common elderberry)
Vaccinium pallidum (hillside blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum)

Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Clematis virginiana (virgin's bower)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Achillea millefolium (yarrow)
Actaea alba (doll's eyes)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)
Arctium sp. (burdock)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Aster cordifolius (heart-leaved aster) *
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)
Centaurea sp. (knapweed)
Cirsium sp. (thistle)
Corydalis sp. (corydalis)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace)
Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)
Galium circaezens (wild licorice)
Galium mollugo (wild madder)
Hedeoma pulegioides (pennyroyal)
Helianthus sp. (sunflower)
Hepatica americana (round-lobed hepatica )
Monarda didyma (wild bergamot)
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) *
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Solidago bicolor (silverrod)
Solidago caesia (blue-stem goldenrod)
Solidago rugosa (rough-leaved goldenrod)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) *
Trifolium pratense (red clover) *
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)

Juncus tenuis

Carex laxiflora type (loose-flowered type sedge)
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Andropogon gerardii (turkey claw grass)
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Echinochloa crus-galli (barnyard grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Schizachyrium scoparium (little blue stem grass)
Tridens flavus (purple top grass)

Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Dryopteris marginalis (marginal woodfern)
Polypodium sp. (rock cap fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Pteridium aquilinum (bracken fern)

reindeer lichen