Chittenango Falls State Park

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ElijahW
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Chittenango Falls State Park

Post by ElijahW » Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:05 pm

NTS,

Chittenango Falls State Park https://parks.ny.gov/parks/130/ doesn’t harbor any giant or particularly ancient trees, but it is known to have a good-sized population of Black Maple (Acer nigrum). Checking out these trees was the purpose of my visit today, as well as to see what else the park had to offer.

First, some photos of the Black Maples:
Black Maple leaves at a distance
Black Maple leaves at a distance
...and up close
...and up close
Black Maple bark
Black Maple bark
The Falls:
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This state park, like many others in CNY, dates from the 1930s, and the original trails system and buildings were constructed by the members of the CCC. Prior to the Depression, the Falls area was home to heavy industry such as various mills. As a result, likely very few trees here exceed 80 years old. This is a factor in the dimensions of the trees measured, obviously. Here’s what I came up with:

White Ash

116.1’ x 5.49’

Eastern Hemlock

111.1’ x 5.8’
101.9’

Bitternut Hickory

109.0’ x 6.94’
104.2’ x 5.26’

Sugar Maple

104.0’

Northern Red Oak

103.0’

Black Cherry

96.7’ x 4.7’

Black Maple

90.0’

The following species were found in the understory, but not measured:

European Black Alder (along Chittenango Creek)
Red-osier Dogwood
Flowering Dogwood
Witch-hazel
Striped Maple
Mountain Maple

All said, I highly recommend this park. Many of the trails can be difficult to navigate, and the terrain can be pretty rugged, but the views and dark woods are well worth it.

Elijah
"There is nothing in the world to equal the forest as nature made it. The finest formal forest, the most magnificent artificially grown woods, cannot compare with the grandeur of primeval woodland." Bob Marshall, Recreational Limitations to Silviculture in the Adirondacks

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Re: Chittenango Falls State Park

Post by Larry Tucei » Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:29 pm

Hi Elijah- Love the waterfall! The only Black Maple I ever see is when I visit Wisconsin. Looks like a great place to go for a hike! Larry

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Re: Chittenango Falls State Park

Post by ElijahW » Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:33 am

Thanks, Larry. Supposedly, Black Maple is much more common as you travel into the Midwest. Glad you liked it.

Elijah
"There is nothing in the world to equal the forest as nature made it. The finest formal forest, the most magnificent artificially grown woods, cannot compare with the grandeur of primeval woodland." Bob Marshall, Recreational Limitations to Silviculture in the Adirondacks

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