Pine Cliff is a rare pine relict in the southern part of Wisconsin and is unusual for the presence of all three of Wisconsin’s native pine species: red, white, and jack. Located within Governor Dodge State Park in Iowa County, ample parking is available and a leisurely walk around Cox Hollow Lake will lead you to the natural area.
This is an easy site to visit. Within a state park, trails right to the site, and a small area all make this an interesting site for all. The majestic pines grow in, on, and around the sandstone cliff in very impressive fashion. Though the cliff does not rise terribly high above the surrounding landscape, it still serves its purpose as a home for these seemingly erratic tree species. On my visit here, I also saw a red-breasted nuthatch which is far less common than its white-breasted cousin in this part of the state, so that was a neat sighting. Cox Hollow Lake is picturesque as well, and while not a part of the SNA, can over a refreshing respite on a hot, summer day.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Pine Cliff can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology
||Pine Relict, Cliff|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Located Within||Governor Dodge State Park|