Belmont Mound Woods, SNA #167 (167/675)

Belmont Mound Woods featuers southern mesic and dry-mesic forests within Belmont Mound State Park.  An access road leads north form CTH G on the west side of the state park.  Warning:  it is not a very well-maintained road and I felt my car get several scrapes underneath along the way.  Park on the road, narrow though it may be.

I was worried about where I parked my car due to the aforementioned narrowness of the road and as a result did not spend as much time here as I would have liked.  As it turns out, the road does not appear to connect to any other road or lead to any houses so my worries were for nought.  That said, this area was a typical southern Wisconsin forest in mid-summer.  The groundlayer here was fairly short; that is, there were no large shrubs or thorny bushes through which to navigate.  The site is supposed to have a nice ephemeral display in the spring, though it was obviously too late for that here.  Perhaps the next visit will be a bit earlier in the year.  Alternatively, fall colors may be a nice visual to capture. I would also like to return in order to visit the state park, as it were. It is a very small park and is actually operated by the local Lion’s Club. A short trail leads to an observation tower with preumably nice views. Additional fun fact, Belmont Mound Woods is one of two SNA’s in which the SNA # matches my visit #, in this case 167.

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

Additional Information

SNA # 167
County Lafayette
Natural Communities / Geology Southern Mesic Forest, Southern Dry-Mesic Forest
Size (Acres) 80
Parking Roadside (gravel)
Trails No
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Wisconsin DNR
Located Within
Dates Visited 7.10.10

Lafayette
Lafayette County
 
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