Mayville Ledge Beech-Maple Woods, SNA #143 (186/675)

Mayville Ledge Beech-Maple Woods features a half-mile long exposure of the Niagara Escarpment topped by a mixed forest consisting of primarily maple and beech, the latter of which is rare in the area.  Previous posts on the Niagara Escarpment include: Bayshore Blufflands, Oakfield Ledge, Red Banks Alvar, Ellison Bluff, and High Cliff Escarpment.  The only parking option here is on the side of STH 67, which can be iffy at best due to the traffic.

Mainly because of my concern about parking here, I did not spend an overabundance of time at this site.  A narrow portion of the natural area abuts the road.  Entering from this location, I ended up on what seemed to be an access road that led up the escarpment.  The day was overcast to begin with and the dense canopy left little light with which to photograph the surroundings.  I was able to take a photos of the forest and the escarpment, but botanically found the site to be less than stellar.  Perhaps a visit during spring or fall would be a bit more exciting, though this would not be high on my priority revisit list.

More of my photos (and full-res) from Mayville Ledge Beech-Maple Woods can be viewed here.

Additional Information

SNA # 143
County Dodge
Natural Communities / Geology Forest, Niagara Escarpment
Size (Acres) 60
Parking Roadside
Trails Yes
Easy to Find No
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership UW Board of Regents; More info: Wisconsin DNR
Located Within n/a
Dates Visited  8.21.10

Dodge County

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