Meridian Park, SNA #544 (105/675)

Meridian Park features an interesting collection of natural communities approximately equidistant between the equator and the North Pole (hence the name).  It is accessible from a wayside on the west side of Hwy 57.  It is an official Door County Park, though there is little more than you’d find at a smaller wayside and scant mention of it around the web.

I have visited this site twice and plan to do so again, in part because I ended up here twice at the end of long, gloomy days.  Most of my time was spent perusing the forest area.  The forest floor seemed to be a mosaic picture put together from variously shaped rocks, as if a step into the wrong crack would send you to Middle Earth.  That said, the forest was pleasant enough with various mosses lending a deep green hue to most services.  Large-flowered trilliums and yellow forest violets were scattered about and patches of forget-me-nots added a blue tint in spots.  Elsewhere the site features a sedge meadow and sand ridges that represent former Lake Michigan shorelines.  I have always found these to be intriguing spots to explore and hope to do so soon.

More of my photos (and full-res) from Meridian Park can be viewed here.

Additional Information

SNA # 544
County Door
Natural Communities / Geology
 Northern Mesic Forest, Sand Dune, Marsh, Sedge Meadow
Size (Acres) 174
Parking Parking Area
Trails No
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Door County (PDF); More info: Wisconsin DNR
Located Within n/a
Dates Visited 5.21.10

Door County

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