At this time of year vernal pools develop in the park. One is just below the first hill when leaving the cabin.
Woodland pools are a type of small, temporary wetland (or vernal pool) found in forested landscapes. They occur in isolated, shallow depressions that typically fill during the spring or fall, but dry by late summer or during droughts. Woodland pools provide critical breeding habitat for a number of amphibians and invertebrates that have adapted to their unique conditions. In the Hudson Valley, these include the mole salamanders, wood frogs, and fairy shrimp (PDF) (950 KB).
At this time you can hear the frogs in the pool. Please use caution when driving up the roadway. Look for any small creatures that may be on the pavement. Frog and turtles are common in the area of the pool.