Musconetcong Wildlife Management Area: Lebanon
Penwell Road, Penwell, Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County, NJ

The WMA is located along the east side of the Musconetcong River, south side of Penwell Road in Penwell.


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 Penwell Road.  Drive 0.3 of a mile and park at a small pull-off on the left. 

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7/22/04. Parked west of the bridge over the Musconetcong River on Penwell Road and walked down to the area near the bridge on the right that has an official brown sign announcing the place.  There is no official trail here.  There is, however, a rough informal trail created by the fishermen, most likely.  Multiflora rose is a problem in the area and especially along the trail. I had to cut my way through several places. 

I walked parallel to the river and came to a huge field and an old stone shack. There are still remaining some asphalt patches of driveway, a long stone wall, and a concrete platform.  There is a strange concrete catch basin (?) with shallow water in it.

Walked past the house and went back into the woods.  But not long after restarting into the woods, the informal trail completely petered out and it would have been rough going if I had tried to continue on.  So I turned around and returned the way I came. 

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

Acer negundo (box elder maple)
Acer saccharinum (sugar maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya sp. (hickory)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Fraxinus pensylvanica (green ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Morus sp. (mulberry)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)  -- lots of it
Populus grandidentata (big tooth aspen)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tilia americana (American basswood)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Forsythia sp. (golden bells)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Salix sp. (willow)
Spiraea alba var. latifolia (meadowsweet) ?
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum)
Vinca minor (periwinkle)

Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Dioscorea villosa (wild yam root) 7/05/97
Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber vine)
Hedera helix (English ivy)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) * a couple flowers in bloom
Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Polygonum scandens (climbing bindweed)
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade) *
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis spp. (grape)

Achillea millefolium (yarrow) *
Agrimonia sp. (agrimony) *
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) *
Allium vineale (field garlic) *
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)
Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Angelica atropurpurea (giant angelica)
Apocynum cannabinum. (Indian hemp)
Arctium sp. (burdock)
Arisaema triphyllum (jack in the pulpit)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress)
Boehmeria cylindrica (false nettle)
Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle) *
Centaurea maculosa (spotted knapweed) *
Chelidonium majus (celandine) *
Cichorium intybus (chicory)
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade) *
Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)
Dipsacus sylvestris (teasel)
Erechtites hieraciifolia (pileweed)
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane) *
Eupatorium rugosum (white snake root)
Galium asprellum (rough bedstraw) *
Geum canadense (white avens) *
Glechoma hederacea (gill-over-the-ground)
Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed) *
Hesperis matronalis (dame's rocket) *
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed) *
Leonurus cardiaca (motherwort) *
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife) *
Medicago lupulina (black medick) *
Melilotus alba (white sweet clover) *
Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover) *
Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot) *
Nepeta cataria (catnip) *
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel)
Pilea pumila (clearweed)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain) *
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose knotweed) *
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Polygonum sp. (knotweed) *
Polygonum sagittatum (arrow-leaved tearthumb) *
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal) *
Rumex obtusifolius (broad leaved dock)
Satureja vulgaris (wild basil) *
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade) *
Solanum nigrum (white nightshade) *
Solidago gigantea (late goldenrod) *
Solidago rugosa (rough-stemmed goldenrod)
Solidago sp. (goldenrod)
Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) *
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue)
Tragopogon dubius (fistulose goatsbeard) *
Trifolium pratense (red clover) *
Trifolium repens (white clover) *
Urtica dioica var. dioica (stinging nettle) *
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein) *
Verbena hastata (blue vervain) *
Verbena urticifolia (white vervain) *
Vernonia noveboracensis (New York ironweed) *

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

Carex crinita (fringed sedge)
Carex lupulina (sedge)
Carex lurida (sallow sedge)
Carex ovales type (sedge)
Carex vulpinoidea (fox sedge)
Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)

Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Eleusine indica (zipper grass)
Elymus canadensis (Canada wild rye grass)
Elymus virginicus (wild rye grass)
Hordeum sp. (barley grass)
Lolium perenne (perennial rye grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Phleum pratense (Timothy grass)

Fern and Fern Allies:
Matteuccia struthiopteris (ostrich fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)