Newark Road Prairie features a wet-mesic prairie found in southern Rock County. A grassy pull-off with room for perhaps 2 cars is located on the north side of Beloit Newark Road, just west of the intersection with Knutson Road.
From the pull-off, a trail of sorts winds its way through the prairie. I am not sure how formal a trail it is, as compared to simply the path of the last person who visited the site. The prairie is densely packed with vegetation and most was waist to chest-high with some wet spots, as to be expected. Common spiderwort, black-eyed Susan, downy phlox, Canada anemone, and yellow avens were the most abundant flora observed on the mid-June day of my visit. The highlight was the pale Indian plantain, which is a state-threatened species. This site is owned by Beloit College and seems to be the subject of a good deal of care including restoration and maintenance efforts, as well as being a site for research and teaching. I would definitely like to visit it again, perhaps at a different time of year to see what it beholds, and perhaps on a less overcast day too!
More of my photos (and full-res) from Newark Road Prairie can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology||Wet-Mesic Prairie, Sedge Meadow|
|Trails||Yes (gently worn)|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Ownership||Beloit College; More info: Wisconsin DNR|