Renak-Polak Maple-Beech Woods features southern mesic and wet-mesic forests on level topography just east of the Root River in Racine County. There is no recommended parking and I would not suggest the roadside due to the lack of a shoulder and narrowness of the road. Linwood Park is located just southwest and would probably be the best bet for parking, though I did not know of its location at the time of my visit.
Due to the narrow road, I was very skittish about spending much time at this site. The forest was certainly nice enough to walk through with little groundlayer to battle in the southwest portion, where I spent my time. Fall had not yet struck here in southern Wisconsin at the time of this visit, so fall colors were non-existent. The site is known for its displays of spring wildflowers, so perhaps a visit during late April-early May is in the cards.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Renak-Polak Maple-Beech Woods can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology||Southern Mesic Forest, Southern Wet-Mesic Forest|
|Parking||Roadside (extremely narrow)|
|Easy to Find||No|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Ownership||UW Board of Regents; More info: Wisconsin DNR|