Bass Hollow encompasses a southern mesic forest amidst a cliff-lined coulee, or hollow, in southern Juneau County. It is found on both sides of Cowan Road east of CTH K. A parking area for the adjacent Bass Hollow County Park is found on the south side of Cowan Road.
I have visited Bass Hollow twice and still don’t think that I have seen all that it has to offer. During the first visit, I explored north of Cowan Road, where I found spring ephemerals to be abundant on the gentle slope. Violets, spring beauty, large-flowered bellwort, large-flowered trillium, and pussytoes were in abundance. I cut my visit a bit shorter than I wanted as I began to hear gunshots. I returned last spring and explored the southeastern portion. The timing of this visit ended up being a bit too early for the bulk of the wildflower possibilities, but cabin fever had been setting in and it was great to get out and about again. Sharp-lobed hepatica, bloodroot, spring beauty, and skunk cabbage were colorful puncuations throughout the brown detritus of last year’s growing season. At the base of the hollow in this area, a stream gently flowed. On my next visit, I plan to explore the hollow in the northeastern portion of the site.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Bass Hollow can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology||Southern Mesic Forest, Cliff, Stream|
|Parking||Roadside, Parking Area (grass)|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Dates Visited||5.20.11 / 4.18.15|