Musconetcong Wildlife Management Area: Butlers Park

Butlers Park, Hunterdon County, NJ


The land is along Musconetcong River Road that parallels the Musconetcong River.   

Across the Musconetcong River in Warren County, there is a piece of land saved on the river along Route 632.

(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 past Mountain Top Road; the small pull-off area with a little bit of asphalt is on the right side just south of the house at #159.  


Trails:

7/22/04.  I did not see this area in the morning when I passed by it.  But on the way home I caught the sight of the white diamond markers indicating a wildlife management area.  Brief stop.  From the little parking area there is a former road that goes down to the river.  It is much overgrown with multiflora rose being a big problem.  Walked down to the river and back, cutting away at some of the really bothersome multiflora rose.


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


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Catalpa sp. (catalpa)
Juglans nigra (black walnut)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Morus alba (white mulberry)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore) 
Salix sp. (willow)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Shrubs:
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Rubus sp. (dewberry)
Salix discolor (pussy willow)
Syringa vulgaris (lilac)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum)

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

Herbs:
Achillea millefolium (yarrow) *
Agrimonia spp. (agrimony) *
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)
Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Bidens frondosa (beggar ticks)
Boehmeria cylindrica (false nettle)
Callitriche sp. (water starwort)
Cardamine impatiens (narrow-leaved bittercress)
Centaurea jacea (brown knapweed) *
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) *
Dianthus armeria (Deptford pink)
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane) *
Fragaria virginiana (strawberry)
Hesperis matronalis (dame's rocket)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed) *
Impatiens pallida (yellow jewelweed) *
Lepidium virginicum (poor man's pepper)
Lespedeza stipulacea (Korean bush clover)
Ludwigia palustris (water purslane)
Lycopus virginicus (Virginia bugleweed)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
Mollugo verticillata (carpetweed) *
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed) *
Pilea pumila (clearweed)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain) *
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal) *
Rumex obtusifolius (broad leaved dock)
Scutellaria lateriflora (mad-dog skullcap) *
Solidago spp. (goldenrod)
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue) * waning
Trifolium repens (white clover) *
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)
Verbena urticifolia (white vervain) *

Rushes:
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Grasses:
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Phleum pratense (Timothy grass)

Fern and Fern Allies:
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)