Appalachian Trail Pawling NY RSVP Open 14 days prior

  • March 17, 2012 · 10:00 AM
  • Nuclear Lake

off Route 55,  on old rt. 55 Dutchess County, NY

This will be a 9 mile hike with gradual ups and downs.


Directions to trailhead to meet 10am

Hike Starts at 10:15am 


Saw Mill River Parkway north to its end and onto US 684 north to its end onto Route 22 north; take Rt. 55 in Dutchess County west; go approx 5 miles to Old route 55 on the right hand side. make right on old route 55 and than make first left to park.

Approx address is 150 old rte 55 Pawling Ny 12564



The United Nuclear Corporation had a site near Nuclear Lake for nuclear-fuel testing and research.

1972 -- two non-nuclear explosions release plutonium dust in the area and the corporation forced to close.

The National Park Service has all the buildings removed and the area restored. The area is now free of contamination.



Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
* = plant in bloom on 10/29/02


Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Amelanchier arborea (shadbush)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya sp. (hickory)
Castanea dentata (American chestnut)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Ostrya americana (American hop hornbeam)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Populus deltoides (cottonwood)
Populus grandidentata (big-toothed aspen)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush)
Chimaphila maculata (striped wintergreen)
Comptonia peregrina (sweetfern)
Corylus sp. (hazel) no glandular hairs
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Forsythia sp. (golden bells)
Gaylussacia baccata (black huckleberry)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) *
Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly)?
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Myrica pensylvanica (bayberry)
Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus hispidus (swamp dewberry)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus sp. (black berry)
Salix discolor (pussy willow)
Sambucus canadensis (common elderberry)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)
Vaccinium pallidum (hillside blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum)

Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Achillea millefolium (yarrow) *
Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)
Aster spp. (small white asters)
Bidens sp. (fruit --- narrow cow face 2 prongs)
Cichorium intybus (chicory)
Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace)
Eupatorium perfoliatum (boneset)
Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot)
Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)
Fragaria virginiana (strawberry)
Galium mollugo (wild madder)
Galium sp. (bedstraw)
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)
Gnaphalium obtusifolium (sweet everlasting) *
Hieracium sp. (hawkweed)
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs) *
Lobelia inflata (Indian tobacco lobelia)
Lotus corniculatus (birdfoot trefoil)
Lycopus sp. (bugleweed)
Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
Melilotus alba (white sweet clover)
Monotropa uniflora (Indian pipe)
Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain)
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonatum sp. (true Solomon's seal)
Prenanthes sp. (lettuce)
Prenanthes sp. (rattlesnake root)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal)
Satureja vulgaris (wild basil)
Silene sp. (campion)
Smilax herbacea? (carrion flower)
Solidago bicolor (silverrod)
Solidago caesia (blue stem goldenrod)
Solidago gigantea (late goldenrod) *
Solidago rugosa (rough-leaved goldenrod)
Sparganium sp. (burreed)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) *
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue)
Typha latifolia (cattail)
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)
Verbena hastata (blue vervain)
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)
Viola cucullata (marsh blue violet) * one in bloom

Juncus effusus (soft rush)
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Carex laxiflora type (loose-flowered type sedge)
Carex lurida (sallow sedge)
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)
Carex stricta (tussock sedge)
Cyperus strigosus (umbrella flatsedge)
Scirpus cyperinus (woolly grass bulrush)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome grass)
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Eleusine indica (zipper grass)
Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass)
Leersia virginica (white grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Phleum pratense (Timothy grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)
Schizachyrium scoparium (little blue stem grass)
Setaria faberi (nodding foxtail grass)
Setaria sp. (green or yellow foxtail grass)

Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
Dryopteris marginalis (marginal woodfern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)
Polypodium sp. (rock cap fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Pteridium aquilinum (bracken fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)

rock tripe lichen





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  • Mike

    Thanks Steve,
    It was a beautiful day, great hike, great views, great company.

    March 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great day with a great group of people!

    March 18, 2012

  • Carolyn

    Beautiful sights spread over 9 mile hike

    March 18, 2012

  • richard p.

    No car to get tgere

    March 16, 2012

  • Vyacheslav

    Anna, you profile blocks me from answering you :)

    March 16, 2012

  • Vyacheslav

    I can pick you up at Golden's Bridge or Purdy's RR stations if it's ok for you

    March 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys, I take it no one is driving from NYC. Does anyone know whether they can pick me up if I take any public transportation that goes to nearby towns?

    March 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, is anyone driving from NYC?

    March 13, 2012

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