Rising 200 feet above the Baraboo River, Ableman’s Gorge is a 3/4 mile long gorge cut through quartzite. It contains world-famous erosional impacts of an ancient sea on the Precambrian quartzite and has been well-studied by geologists, especially at UW-Madison, over the years. My visit here predates the installation of a trail and therefore it was a slow-going tromp through the surrounding woods and rock. Recently, a trail was put in and I look forward to visiting this site again in the coming year. Rare species found here include Adlumia fungosa and Pellaea atropurpurea.
More of my photos from Ableman’s Gorge can be viewed here.
|Trails||Yes (though not at time of my visit)|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Ownership||Wisconsin DNR, UW Board of Regents|