Weir White Oaks, SNA #347 (169/675)

Weir White Oaks contains a southern dry-mesic forest in Lafayette County.  The site is privately owned and so its exact location will not be disclosed here. I was fortunate to be allowed by the DNR to visit this site.  It is your prototypical southern Wisconsin forest.  White oak is abundant here along with red oak,…

Belmont Mound Woods, SNA #167 (167/675)

Belmont Mound Woods featuers southern mesic and dry-mesic forests within Belmont Mound State Park.  An access road leads north form CTH G on the west side of the state park.  Warning:  it is not a very well-maintained road and I felt my car get several scrapes underneath along the way.  Park on the road, narrow…

Belmont Prairie, SNA #364 (166/675)

Belmont Prairie features a dry-mesic prairie remnant along a former railroad bed midway between Belmont and Platteville.  Though the DNR describes it as being along the Pecatonica River State Trail, that is a tad misleading.  First, the state trail is not suitable for road bikes and probably not even hybrids west of Belmont.  The trail…

Hardscrabble Prairie, SNA #322 (164/675)

Hardscrabble Prairie features a dry prairie and oak openings near Hazel Green in southwestern Lafayette County.  Park near the end of the cul-de-sac on Crawford Lane near the sewage treatment plant and walk along the fence on the west side of the plant. Walking along the fence brought me to what seemed to be an…

Yellowstone Savanna, SNA #363 (67/674)

Yellowstone Savanna consists of oak savanna and a small dry prairie remnant within Yellowstone Lake State Park.  Parking is available within the park at a few spots depending on how far you are interested in hiking.  The Blue Ridge, Windy Ridge, and Savanna Loop trails provide access to the SNA. This is a site where…

Browntown Oak Forest, SNA #23 (66/674)

Browntown Oak Forest features southern dry and southern dry-mesic forests along a sandstone ridge within Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area.  It is easy to find and reach this site with a large parking area located near the southeast corner of the SNA on Allen Road. My first visit to this site was in mid-October.  As…