Franklin Turnpike, Allendale, Bergen County, NJ


US 80 west to either exit 63 (via local US 80) or exit 64 (express US 80) for Route 17 north. Route 17 here starts at around 10 miles and you have to travel to an equivalent of a 20.5 mileage marker on Route 17. Get off at the East Allendale West exit, skipping the East exit. Travel less than a mile and turn right onto Cottage Place; in .1 of a mile, at the T-intersection, turn right onto Franklin Turnpike; and in .1 of a mile turn right into the parking area. From here you can walk in a circular/rectangular pattern around the marsh.


The Celery Farm was founded in the 1800s by Henry J. Appert, who cultivated onions and celery on land off an area known as Wolf Lake, formerly Indian grounds. In the 1940s the land was purchased by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. In 1981 the sixty acres were repurchased for the town through New Jersey's Green Acre funding. Subsequent donations from developers and residents increased the total acreage to just over 100 acres.


woodland, meadows, marsh, swampy areas, a natural spring-fed pond with a surface area of almost an acre.


A 1.25 mile nature trail around a central marshy area of way too much purple loosestrife, some giant reed grass, and some cattails. Along the way there are observation platforms set up for bird watching.

The trail on the southern and eastern sides of the marsh are really dominated by alien invasives: multiflora rose primarily, but also Asiatic bittersweet and Japanese barberry. The situation gets better as you go north and into the woodlands in the north.

5/14/01. Saw lots of red wing blackbirds and three yellow warblers.

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney and Judith Fitzgerald

Acer japonica (cut-leaf Japanese maple)
Acer negundo (ash leaf maple)
Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer pseudoplatanus (sycamore maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharinum (silver maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carya sp. (hickory)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood) 5/14/01
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Morus alba (white mulberry)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Picea abies (Norway spruce )
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Populus deltoides (cottonwood)
Prunus serotina (black cherry) 5/14/01
Pyrus maple (apple)
Pyrus sp. (crab apple)
Quercus bicolor (swamp white oak)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust) 5/14/01
Salix nigra (black willow)?
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Sorbus sp. (mountain ash)
Tilia americana (American basswood)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Alnus serrulata (smooth alder)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive) 5/14/01
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus) 5/14/01
Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle) 5/14/01
Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian honeysuckle) 5/14/01
Prunus virginiana (chokecherry)
Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)
Ribes sativum (garden currant)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Salix discolor (pussy willow)
Sambucus canadensis (common elderberry)
Vaccinium corymbosum (high bush blueberry) 5/14/01
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum )
Viburnum opulus (cranberry viburnum) 5/14/01
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum)
Vinca minor (periwinkle) 5/14/01

Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Calystegia sepia (hedge bindweed)
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Clematis virginiana (virgin's bower)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade) 5/14/01
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis aestivalis (summer grape)
Vitis labrusca (fox grape)

Achillea millefolium (yarrow)
Agrimonia parviflora (small flowered agrimony)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 5/14/01
Allium tricoccum (wild leek)
Allium vineale (field garlic )
Arctium sp. (burdock)
Arisaema triphyllum (jack in the pulpit)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress) 5/14/01
Callitriche palustris (water starwort)
Cardamine pensylvanica (Pennsylvania bittercress) 5/14/01
Cerastium vulgatum (mouse-ear chickweed) 5/14/01
Chelone glabra (turtlehead)
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade)
Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)
Claytonia virginica (spring beauty)
Convallaria majalis (lily of the valley)
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane) 5/14/01
Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot)
Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry) 5/14/01
Galium aparine (cleavers)
Galium mollugo (wild madder)
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium) 5/14/01
Geum canadense (white avens)
Glechoma hederacea (gill over the ground) 5/14/01
Hemerocallis fulva (tawny day lily)
Impatiens capensis (jewelweed)
Laportea canadensis
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)
Ludwigia palustris (marsh purslane)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower) 5/14/01
Pachysandra terminalis (pachysandra)
Pilea pumila (clearweed)
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Potentilla recta (rough-fruited cinquefoil)
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil) 5/14/01
Ranunculus abortivus (kidney leaf buttercup) 5/14/01
Ranunculus bulbosus (bulbous buttercup) 5/14/01
Rumex obtusifolius (broad-leaved dock)
Smilacina racemosa (false Solomon's seal)
Solidago spp. (goldenrods)
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (dandelion)
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue)
Typha latifolia (cattail)
Urtica dioica (stinging nettle)
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)
Viola cucullata (marsh blue violet) 5/14/01
Viola sororia (common blue violet) 5/14/01

Rushes and Sedges:
Carex pensylvanica
Carex vulpinoidea
Juncus effusus (soft rush)

Anthoxanthum odoratum (sweet vernal grass) 5/14/01
Dactylis glomeratus (orchard grass) 5/14/01
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)
Poa annua (annual bluegrass) 5/14/01
Poa pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass) 5/14/01

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
Lycopodium obscurum (ground pine)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)
Pteridium aquilinum (bracken fern)
Thelypteris palustris (marsh fern)