Browntown Oak Forest features southern dry and southern dry-mesic forests along a sandstone ridge within Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area. It is easy to find and reach this site with a large parking area located near the southeast corner of the SNA on Allen Road.
My first visit to this site was in mid-October. As I got out of the car, I saw a hunter further ahead on the access lane and immediately decided that this visit would be a quick one. I mainly stayed near the eastern edge and the road so as to not be in danger. I returned the following summer, notably not during hunting season, and explored the forest more. Nothing spectacular was note, but that may not be surprising for a mid-summer visit to a closed canopy forest. If I have the time, I would like to return to this site in mid-May to how the ephemerals are. The DNR notes that along with the increased maple production, the increased ephemerals signify a shift toward a more mesic forest.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Browntown Oak Forest can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology
||Southern Dry Forest, Southern Dry-Mesic Forest|
|Parking||Parking area (gravel)|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Located Within||Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area|
|Dates Visited||10.17.09 / 7.11.10|