Musconetcong Wildlife Management Area : Bethlehem

Hunterdon County, NJ


Located west of the Charleston Reserve and along the Musconetcong River southwest of Hampton Borough.

A part of WMA is in Warren County along the Musconetcong River.

(For maps see: www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/wmaland.htm)


Directions:

Route 80 west to Exit 19; take Route 517 south to Hackettstown; drive 4.8 miles to a T-intersection in downtown Hackettstown; turn left onto Main Street (Route 46 east/517); drive 0.5 of a mile and turn right onto Mountain Avenue (Route 517); drive 1.0 mile and turn right onto Route 57 south; drive  6.7 miles and turn left onto Point Mountain Road; drive past the parking area for Point Mountain and turn right onto Musconetcong Road; drive all the way down to the light at the intersection with Route 31; drive straight through the intersection onto Main Street; turn right at the first right, Valley Road; drive to the one lane bridge over the Musconetcong River and immediately after passing over the bridge turn left into the parking area (made for fishing access).

Or you can park on the left hand side just before you reach the one-lane bridge over the river.   


Trails:

7/22/04.  Brief visit.  Parked in the pull-off before reaching the one lane bridge.  There is a large field of corn next to the small linear woods surrounding the river.  Walked along the path between the corn on the left and the woods and river on the right.  Several times I cut my way through to the water to see if I could find any interesting plants.  I also investigated the area around the fishing access parking area. 


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
* = plant blooming on 7/22/04


Trees:
Acer negundo (box elder maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharinum (sugar maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven)
Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juglans nigra (black walnut)
Morus alba (white mulberry)
Populus grandidentata (big tooth aspen)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Salix sp. (willow)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tilia americana (American basswood)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Shrubs:
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Physocarpus opulifolius (ninebark)
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Salix discolor (pussy willow)
Staphylea trifolia (bladdernut)

Vines:
Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed) *
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis spp. (grape)

Herbs:
Agrimonia sp. (agrimony) *
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) *
Allium vineale (field garlic) *
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)
Ambrosia trifida (giant ragweed)
Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Apocynum cannabinum. (Indian hemp) *
Arctium minus (common burdock) *
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle) *
Cichorium intybus (chicory) *
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade) *
Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle) *
Coronilla varia (crown vetch) *
Cryptotaenia canadensis (honewort)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) *
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane) *
Euphorbia maculata (spotted spurge)
Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod) *soon
Galinsoga sp. (gallant soldiers) *
Geum canadense (white avens) *
Hesperis matronalis (dame's rocket)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed) *
Impatiens pallida (yellow jewelweed) *
Lespedeza stipulacea (Korean bush clover)
Lysimachia nummularia (moneywort)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife) *
Matricaria matricarioides (pineappleweed) *
Nepeta cataria (catnip) *
Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose) *
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel) *
Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed) *
Pilea pumila (clearweed)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain) *
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose knotweed) *
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil) *
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal) *
Ranunculus sp. (swamp buttercup?) 
Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum (water cress)
Rumex crispus (curled dock)
Satureja vulgaris (wild basil) *
Scutellaria laterifolia (mad-dog skullcap) *
Solidago gigantea (late goldenrod) *
Solidago sp. (goldenrod)
Sonchus sp. (sow thistle)
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage) 
Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) *
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue) *
Trifolium arvense (yellow clover) *
Trifolium repens (white clover) *
Tussilago farfara (colts foot)
Urtica dioica var. procera (tall stinging nettle) *
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein) *
Verbena urticifolia (white vervain) *
Viola sp. (violet)
Xanthium sp. (clotbur)

Rushes:
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Sedges:
Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)

Grasses:
Bromus inermis (smooth brome grass)
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Eleusine indica (zipper grass)
Elymus canadensis (Canada wild rye grass)
Elymus virginicus (wild rye grass)
Elytrigia repens (quack grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)
Phleum pratense (Timothy grass)
Poa annua (annual bluegrass)
Setaria faberi (nodding foxtail grass)
Setaria glauca (yellow foxtail grass)