West & Austin St. Rock

Ownership: Department of Neighborhood Development 

Neighborhood: Hyde Park  

West & Austin St. Rock is a wooded, cone-shaped puddingstone outcrop that rises thirty feet from the corner of West St. and Austin St. in Hyde Park. Although the large mounds of puddingstone are undoubtedly the reason this parcel was left undeveloped, the site does merit attention for its ecological attributes. This small predominantly oak woodland serves as a reminder of the landscape that once characterized much of Hyde Park. Red maple, birch, eastern white pine, and the occasional hemlock are scattered upon a background of mature red, black, and chestnut oaks.