NY 97, Orange County, NY


From the stoplight at the intersection of NY 209 North and NY 97 in Port Jervis drive on NY 97 west for 6.6 miles past Hawk's Nest park to a dirt pull-off on your right immediately before the bridge that crosses the Mongaup River, just before NY 97 joins with Route 31.

(5.3 miles west of Elks-Brox Memorial Park and 7.5 miles from the bridge over the Neversink River in Port Jervis.)


D&H Canal.  There is an historical sign by the parking lot.  A sluice from the Mongaup River crossed here to fill the canal.  Remains of stonework may be seen above the bridge.

This walk reminds me of Mianus River Gorge. It is a pretty hemlock grove with a river closer at hand than at Mianus.

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
dates = dates when plants found in bloom

Acer pensylvanica (goose-foot maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Castanea dentata (American chestnut)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tilia americana (American basswood)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Aronia melanocarpa (black chokeberry)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (morrow's honeysuckle)
Rhododendron maximum (rosebay rhododendron)
Rubus sp. (blackberry) 6/19/97
Vaccinium sp. (blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum) 6/19/97

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Achillea millefolium (yarrow)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 5/23/98 6/19/97
Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Anemone quinquefolia (wood anemone)
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)
Arisaema triphyllum (jack in the pulpit)
Artemesia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress)
Cardamine pratensis (cuckoo flower)
Cerastium vulgatum (mouse-ear chickweed) 5/23/98
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (ox-eye daisy) 6/19/97
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot)
Galium aparine (cleavers bedstraw) 5/23/98
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium) 5/23/98 6/19/97
Epipactis helleborine? (helleborine orchid?)
Hesperis matronalis (dame's rocket) 5/23/98
Hieracium venosum (rattlesnake hawkweed) 6/19/97
Hypericum perforatum (common St. Johnswort)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed)
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower) 5/23/98
Monotropa uniflora (Indian pipe)
Myosotis scorpioides (forget me not) 6/19/97
Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)
Podophyllum peltatum (may apple)
Polygonatum pubescens (hairy true Solomon's seal)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose knotweed)
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil) 5/23/98
Prenanthes altissima (tall lettuce)
Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaf buttercup) 5/23/98
Ranunculus acris (tall buttercup) 6/19/97
Ranunculus recurvatus (hooked buttercup) 5/23/98
Ranunculus hispidus var. caricetorium (swamp buttercup) 5/23/98
Rumex obtusifolius (broad-leaved dock)
Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)
Smilacina racemosa (false Solomon's seal)
Smilax herbacea (carrion flower)
Stellaria media (common chickweed) 5/23/98
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue)
Veratrum viride (false hellebore)
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell) 5/23/98
Zizia aurea (golden alexanders) 5/23/98 6/19/97

Rushes and Sedges:
Carex lupulina? fat garlic 5 in a spikelet
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Anthoxanthum odoratum (sweet vernal grass)
Poa annua (annual bluegrass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Dryopteris marginalis (marginal woodfern)
Equisetum hyemale (common scouring rush)
Matteuccia struthiopteris (ostrich fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)