Cole’s Woods, Warren County

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Cole’s Woods, Warren County

Post by ElijahW » Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:04 am


This spring I surveyed this delightful tract of forest on the north side of the city of Glens Falls, NY. From what I’ve gathered on the internet, Cole’s Woods is primarily a cross country skiing spot, complete with lighted and groomed trails. When the snow is gone, the trails are opened to people on foot and bicycles, I believe. Trails are maintained by a volunteer organization called “Friends of Cole’s Woods.”

Glens Falls is located south and east of the Adirondack Park boundary, but it’s proximity to the mountains shows in the species I encountered at Cole’s Woods. It’s a great mix of a southern dry ecosystem and a cold northern swamp ecosystem.

Here’s what I found:

Eastern White Pine Pinus strobus


Pitch Pine Pinus rigida


Red Pine Pinus resinosa


Eastern Hemlock Tsuga canadensis

102.5’ x 7.14’

Tamarack Larix laricina


White Oak Quercus alba

116.2’ 8.27’

Red Maple Acer rubrum


Black Birch Betula lenta

71.7’ x 4.50’

Striped Maple Acer pensylvanicum


Rucker 9 Height Index: 92.4’

Ground cover and wildflowers seen:

Maple leaf viburnum
Blue cohosh
Wild sarsaparilla
Purple trillium
Canada mayflower
Star flower
Partridge Berry


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