Brooks Bluff features an oak barrens community on the top of a sandstone mesa in Adams County. It is located adjacent to CTH B and parking is on the side of the highway.
My time here was limited by my uneasiness parking on the side of the highway here. The shoulder is not particularly wide, so I was quicker in my observations than I would have liked to be. There is a gate with room to park in front of, but there is a sign forbidding parking because it leads to an access road for a radio tower that sits within the natural area within a small cutout of land that is not accessible. The access road, at least, can be used to walk further into the site. This is not a bluff with great views as the local relief is not that great and the trees preclude much of a view. There were a variety of common wildflowers found along this access road including many that are not particularly desirable including ox-eye daisies. Common spiderwort, common milkweed, harebell, wild bergamot, and black-eyed susan were found int this area and the adjacent forest. A return visit here is definitely needed so I can take my time and enjoy it a bit more.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Brooks Bluff can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology||Bluff, Oak Barrens|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|