White Cliff Fen & Forest, SNA #383 (103/675)

White Cliff Fen & Forest features a calcareous fen and mixed forest between the Niagara Escarpment and Green Bay.  The trailhead is found on White Cliff Road with limited parking available on the roadside there.  Additional parking can be found just east of the trailhead at a public boat launch.

This was my first visit to a Door County Land Trust site and they are generally well-maintained with nice trails.  Between the trails, my limited knowledge of fens at the time, and my infatuation with my first observation of yellow lady’s-slippers, I did not venture into the fen portion of the site.  The trails do not go very close to the fen and I was unsure at the time as to where it was.  That said, the show of yellow lady’s-slippers here was very nice and was certainly the highlight for me.  Of course, they can be found in many spots throughout Door County during the spring season.  The forest was nice, though not spectacular along the trail, which consists of two joined loops (link to map below).  As you may have guess by this description, White Cliff Fen & Forest is most assuredly on my revisit list.  I am not sure if I will make it there this year, but I will do so as soon as I can.

More of my photos (and full-res) from White Cliff Fen & Forest can be viewed here.

Additional Information

SNA # 383
County Door
Natural Communities / Geology
Calcareous Fen, Forest
Size (Acres) 100
Parking Boat Launch (nearby), Roadside
Trails Yes
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Door County Land Trust (PDF); More info: Wisconsin DNR
Located Within n/a
Dates Visited 5.21.10

Door County

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