Stockbridge Ledge Woods encompasses a mature forest with a nice groundlayer in central Calumet County. Parking areas are located on either side of Ledge Road approximately 3/4 mile north of CTH F. An informal trail passes through the site more or less in an east-west orientation.
The groundlayer was past peak during my visit with eastern shooting stars and wild geraniums the dominant species. Other lasting memories from visiting this natural area are the horrendous mosquito population and the lack of a great view of Lake Winnebago as described by the DNR. Many of my photographs from this forest are blurry due to the overcast sky and thick canopy above, but also because one could not leave any exposed skin for the mosquitoes too find. The trail leads more or less due west toward Lake Winnebago. The view from the western boundary, however, is of an agricultural field. A treeline in the distance marks the edge of the ledge from where a better view can presumably be had, but that area is not within this site’s boundary. An earlier spring visit here may prove more botanically interesting and the natural area has expanded by 8 acres east of Ledge Road since my original visit, but I would not place this site high on my revisit priority list.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Stockbridge Ledge Woods can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology||Southern Mesic Forest|
|Parking||Parking Area (gravel)|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|