Brooks Bluff, SNA #232 (157/675)

Brooks Bluff features an oak barrens community on the top of a sandstone mesa in Adams County.  It is located adjacent to CTH B and parking is on the side of the highway. My time here was limited by my uneasiness parking on the side of the highway here.  The shoulder is not particularly wide,…

Roche-A-Cri Woods, SNA #362 (135/675)

Roche-A-Cri Woods, as is the case for its sister SNA, Roche-A-Cri Mound, is found within Roche-A-Cri State Park.  The ‘Woods SNA’ is comprised of the bulk of the state park that is not part of the ‘Mound SNA’.  As a result, you can utilize the same parking area to visit both sites.  A number of trails…

Roche-A-Cri Mound, SNA #183 (134/675)

Roche-A-Cri Mound is comprised of the eponymous mound which was once an island in Glacial Lake Wisconsin.  Found within Roche-A-Cri State Park, a parking area is located at the trailhead which in turn leads to the steps which will take you to the top. No stairmaster required after hiking this natural beauty.  Meaning “crevice in…

Quincy Bluff & Wetlands, SNA #272 (133/675)

Quincy Bluff & Wetlands is a massive natural area with a great variety of natural communities.  Originally acquired by The Nature Conservancy, the property was transferred in recent years to the DNR.  It has been the site of intensive restoration activities as well as land acquisition over the years and will continue to be in…

Sohlberg Silver Lake, SNA #166 (132/675)

Sohlberg Silver Lake features the eponymous lake as well as the surrounding forest, small bogs, and tamarack swamps.  Park at the dead end on 18th Avenue and walk east along the trail which winds to the lake. Exploring the lake shoreline was fairly easy as the high water covered most of the exposed mud flats….

Dells of the Wisconsin River, SNA #283 (46/674)

Dells of the Wisconsin River is a wonderful site, with beautiful views and a diversity of protected natural communities.  It is the only SNA that can be found in 4 different counties.  The protected land is comprised of cliffs overlooking the Wisconsin River, which in this portion of the state, forms the boundaries between several…