Ellison Bluff, SNA #378 (106/675)

Ellison Bluff features nice view from atop a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Green Bay side of Lake Michigan.  The site is easily reached via Ellison Bluff Park Road to its end, a large parking area and trailhead. Ellison Bluff is formed by the Niagara Escarpment, a rock formation that forms the spine of Door County…

Peninsula Park Beech Forest, SNA #12 (101/675)

Peninsula Park Beech Forest is the second of two SNA’s found with Peninsula State Park (the other being Peninsula Park White Cedar Forest).  Several parking areas are found near the observation tower (which is closed indefinitely) and from there, the Sentinel trail leads across the road toward the northern edge of the SNA.  The Eagle…

Blue River Bluffs, SNA #316 (80/674)

Blue River Bluffs is one of my favorite sites.  Easy to find, easy to access, great views, a wide variety of species; all in all, just a great SNA.  There are two parcels for Blue River Bluffs; both can be accessed by parking along the road, either Old County C Road for the west parcel…

East Bluff, SNA #98 (57/674)

East Bluff is one of four SNA’s found within Devil’s Lake State Park, the largest and third oldest state park in Wisconsin.  Though it is one of the most popular parks, few people probably realize they are hiking through SNA’s.  The irony for me is that when looking for another state park to take photos…

Muralt Bluff Prairie (50/674)

Muralt Bluff Prairie was protected thanks to the foresight of a few Green County residents, was then purchased by Green County, and is now owned by The Prairie Enthusiasts and the DNR (and managed by the former).  It is definitely one of my favorite sites, in part because of the care with which it is…