Tunnelville Cliffs, SNA #542 (217/675)

Tunnelville Cliffs features a series of sandstone cliffs above the East Fork of the Kickapoo River southwest of La Farge.  Access is via Tunnelville Road where the road bends sharply north.  Park on the roadside near, but not blocking, the DNR access gate.  Walk west into the site.

From the road, the access lane passes through an apparent old agricultural field, replete with a smorgasbord of invasive species including ox-eye daisy, red clover and white clover.  Heading southwest, I encountered the cliffs.  Here, the forest canopy occluded most light, making for some interesting photographic conditions.  Rich green and brown tones dominated the field of view as various mosses and ferns covered portions of the cliffs while water seeped and dripped from others.  This landscape is one of my favorites and is reminiscent of the next blog post, Coon Creek Cliffs, as well as others such as Hulburt Creek Woods and I would like to return here to explore the site  in greater detail.

More of my photos (and full-res) from Tunnelville Cliffs can be viewed here.

Additional Information

SNA # 542
County Vernon
Natural Communities / Geology Cliff, River, Southern Dry Forest, Dry Prairie
Size (Acres) 152
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 6.26.11

Vernon County

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