Sugar Creek Bluff, SNA #338 (216/675)

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.

Additional Information

SNA # 338
County Crawford
Natural Communities / Geology Dry Prairie, Bluff, Southern Dry-Mesic Forest, Stream,
Size (Acres) 78
Parking Roadside
Trails Yes
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Mississippi Valley Conservancy; More info: Wisconsin DNR
Located Within


Dates Visited 6.25.11

Crawford County

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