Eagle Eye (282/681)

Eagle Eye, so named for a slit in the rocky ridge, features a mosaic of natural communities including dry prairie remnants, oak woodland, oak savnna, and a trout stream, all occurring on a narrow, curving ridge that rises 250 feet above the surrounding landscape in eastern Vernon county, northwest of Viroqua.  The site is located…

Tunnelville Cliffs, SNA #542 (216/675)

Tunnelville Cliffs features a series of sandstone cliffs above the East Fork of the Kickapoo River southwest of La Farge.  Access is via Tunnelville Road where the road bends sharply north.  Park on the roadside near, but not blocking, the DNR access gate.  Walk west into the site. From the road, the access lane passes…

Sugar Creek Bluff, SNA #338 (215/675)

Sugar Creek bluff features a dry prairie and southern dry-mesic forest overlooking the Mississippi River in Crawford County.  Access is via Lagoon Street.  Park beyond a gravel driveway and walk ~100 feet to the trailhead going north.  A series of long switchbacks eventually leads you to the top and the dry prairie and scenic overlook….

Cassville Bluffs – Roe Unit, SNA #337 (202/675)

Cassville Bluffs – Roe Unit features dry prairie remants and oak savanna along a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in southwestern Grant County.  Parking is at the end of the cul-de-sac on Sand Lake Lane.  From there, a trail leads through the forest, across a stream, up the backside of the bluff before petering out…

Chase Creek, SNA #640 (200/675)

Chase Creek features a rare algific talus slope natural community in Grant County.  Parking is on the side of Dugway Road, followed by a squirrelly climb up the side of the bluff. At the time I visited Chase Creek, it had not yet reached the DNR’s website and I was essentially going in blind.  The…