Cherney Maribel Caves (259/679)

Cherney Maribel Caves features a limestone bluff indented with what could loosely be described as caves (and more accurately referred to as cracks, crevices, and the like).  The natural area is found within the namesake park, located on the east side of CTH Z south of Cooperstown in northern Manitowoc County.  A large parking area…

Magnolia Bluff (243/679)

Magnolia Bluff includes southern dry-mesic forest and a small dry prairie on a rocky ridge overlooking eastern Rock County.  Found within the eponymous county park, Magnolia Bluff can be reached on Croak Road, south of STH 59.  Lower and upper parking areas provide access to the site.  Trails lead from the parking areas and loop…

Sander’s Park Hardwoods, SNA #56 (190/675)

Sander’s Park Hardwoods features a southern dry-mesic forest on two swells flanking a swale.  It is found in the center of Sander’s County Park on Wood Road in Racine County and is bounded by the main park loop, Exculpating Road.  Two parking areas are found near the northwest corner of the site.  A network of…

Waupun Park Maple Forest, SNA #51 (174/675)

Waupun Park Maple Forest features a mature southern mesic forest dominated by maple within the confines of Waupun County Park, on the northwest corner of the city of Waupun.  Two parking areas are available on the delightfully named CTH MMM and yes, that’s 3 M’s.  A trail begins from the northernmost of the two parking…

Muskego Park Hardwoods, SNA #112 (173/675)

Muskego Park Hardwoods features southern dry-mesic and lowland forests within the confines of Muskego Park, a Waukesha county park.  The park is found on CTH L just southwest of Muskego.  There is a day use fee of $4 per car payable at the entrance station.  There are self-pay stations available if an attendant is not…

Muir Park, SNA #96 (153/675)

Muir Park features a variety of natural communities within the boundaries of Muir County Park in Marquette County.  A parking area and boat ramp are available off of Fox River Road.  The Ice Age Trail forms a loop around Ennis Lake. The prairie was in full force during my mid-June visit.  Butterfly milkweed, spiderwort, prairie…

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…