Sugar Creek bluff features a dry prairie and southern dry-mesic forest overlooking the Mississippi River in Crawford County. Access is via Lagoon Street. Park beyond a gravel driveway and walk ~100 feet to the trailhead going north. A series of long switchbacks eventually leads you to the top and the dry prairie and scenic overlook. Alternatively, from a parking area off of North Buck Creek Road, follow the trail ~3/4 mile to the same prairie/overlook.
I followed the first access described and found it to be tedious, with several long switchbacks. Eventually, I just decided to hike up the not-all-that-steep bluff before reaching the top and heading south to the dry prairie and overlook. I found this dry prairie to be one of the more intact remnants of all of the bluff prairies that I have observed. Woody species were at a minimum, flowering species were diverse including prairie coreopsis, harebell, butterfly milkweed, and sunflowers, and the views are once again spectacular. I would not mind visiting this site again, perhaps in a different season such as autumn to see what the prairie shows as the seasons change.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Sugar Creek Bluff can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology||Dry Prairie, Bluff, Southern Dry-Mesic Forest, Stream,|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Ownership||Mississippi Valley Conservancy; More info: Wisconsin DNR|