Mountain View Park
Nursery Road (Route 647), Hopewell Township, Mercer County, New Jersey


New Jersey Turnpike south to Exit 7A for US 195 west;  get onto US 295 north which becomes US 95 just after Exit 67 on US 295;  get off at Exit 3; cross Scotch Road, Route 611, getting onto Nursery Road; drive 0.9 of  a mile to a pull-off on the left across from the house at #61 Nursery Road.  (As far as I know, thee are no signs for the park.)


Trenton-Mercer County Airport to the south; Mountain View Golf Course on the south west.


5/09/2005.  Ceferino Santana, dog Sonar and I had a hard time finding any entrance to this park.  We went back and forth the area until I decided to just use one of the road pull-offs, park, and head out on our own without a trail.  The front part of the area is a huge field with countless numbers of autumn olive bushes being the dominant species. We headed along the field/wood's edge.  Periodically we would jump into the woods and then jump back to the field.  We started following the stream with intermittent, informal paths (probably created by the fishermen?).   We thought we had gone quite a ways from the car but when we crossed the field back to the road we found we were actually very close to the car.  I guess it was going back and forth on those informal paths between the stream, the woods, and the field that gave us the impression we had covered quite a bit of ground.  So, we did not actually cover that much of the place, which is very good-sized.  We will have to come back to investigate some other areas of the park.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

* = blooming on date of field trip, 5/09/2005

Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Morus alba (white mulberry) 
Ostrya virginiana (American hop hornbeam)
Pyrus spp. (apple) *
Quercus prinus (pin oak)
Ulmus americana (American  elm) 
Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive)  *
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)  *
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum)  *

Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis aestivalis (summer grape)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow) 
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) *
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Apocynum sp. (dogbane)
Arctium sp. (burdock)
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort) 
Aster spp. (aster) 
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress)  *
Cardamine concatenata (cut-leaved toothwort)
Cardamine rhomboidea (spring cress)  *
Cardamine parviflora (dry-land bittercress)  *
Cerastium vulgatum (mouse-ear chickweed)  *
Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)
Claytonia virginica (spring beauty)   *
Erythronium americanum (trout lily)
Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry)  *
Galium aparine (cleavers)  *
Galium sp. (bedstraw)
Geranium sp. (geranium)
Geum canadense (white avens)
Glechoma hederacea (gill-over-the-ground) *
Hieracium sp. (hawkweed)
Impatiens sp. (jewelweed)
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Podophyllum peltatum (may apple)  *
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved crowfoot) *
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Solidago sp. (goldenrod) 
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion)  *
Viola sororia (common blue violet) *

Juncus effusus (soft rush)
Luzula multiflora (wood rush)  *

Carex sp. (sedge)

Anthoxanthum odoratum (sweet vernal grass) 

Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)