Pohatcong Wildlife Management Area: South Section

Pohatcong Township, Warren County, NJ


Located on the east side of River Road and along Pinchers Point Road (both sides) near the Delaware River.

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


Directions:

 From Pohatcong WMA north. Take 519 south and turn right onto Route 627 south; drive 3.1 miles and turn right onto Mountain Road.  Turn left onto Pinchers Point Road; as the road descends and then comes to a horse-shoe bend look for the white diamond Wildlife Management Area signs along both sides of the road.  At the sharp turn of the curve look to the left for a old woods road (?)  I did not take this path, but it looks like a possibility.  At the T-intersection of River Road and Pincher Point Road, turn right.  The narrow River Road goes north between railway tracks on the left (with the Delaware River down the hill) and rock cliffs on the right.  I parked at a small pull-off near the cliffs.


Trails:

6/28/04.  I did not do any real hiking.  I primarily was interested in checking out the cliffs for rare plants.  To find some good spring ephemerals it would be better to come in early spring next year, which I hope will be possible.  Patrick L. Cooney


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney; * = date plant found in bloom, 6/28/04


Trees:
Acer negundo (ash-leaf maple)
Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer rubra (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Betula nigra (river birch)
Catalpa sp. (catalpa)
Celtis occidentalis (hackberry)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juglans nigra (black walnut)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Morus alba (white mulberry)
Pinus sp. (pine)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Shrubs:
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush) s
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Staphylea trifolia (bladdernut)
Vinca minor (periwinkle)

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Humulus japonicus (Japanese hops)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) *
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Phaseolus polystachios (wild kidney bean)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis aestivalis (summer grape)

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) *
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)
Arabis lyrata (lyre-leaved rockcress) *
Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle) *
Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)
Commelina communis (Asiatic dayflower) *
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane) *
Eupatorium sessilifolium (upland boneset) *
Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot)
Euphorbia nutans (upright spurge)
Glechoma hederacea (gill over the ground)
Hemerocallis fulva (tawny day lily) *
Hesperis matronalis (dame's rocket) *
Hypericum perforatum (common St. Johnswort) *
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed) *
Impatiens pallida (orange jewelweed) *
Leonurus cardiaca (motherwort) *
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)
Melilotus alba (white sweet clover) *
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel) *
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed) *
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) *
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Silene latifolia (white campion) *
Triodanis perfoliata (Venus looking glass)
Urtica dioica var. procera (tall stinging nettle)
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein) *

Grasses:
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Elymus hystrix (bottle brush grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)

Ferns and fern allies:
Equisetum hyemale (scouring rush)
Asplenium platyneuron (ebony spleenwort)
Dryopteris marginalis (marginal woodfern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)