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…

Rush Creek, SNA #170 (214/675)

Rush Creek features a series of dry prairies on southwest-facing bluffs along a 2 mile stretch overlooking the Mississippi River.  The namesake creek meanders through a portion of the site and a floodplain forest surrounds it.  There are numerous points of access for the 9 separate parcels of land.  The DNR-recommended access points are a…

Battle Bluff Prairie, SNA #177 (213/675)

Battle Bluff Prairie features a dry prairie on a steep slope  and a bluff-topping southern dry forest overlooking the Mississippi River.  The natural area is located along STH 35 north of De Soto.  Park along Battle Hollow Road and get ready for a steep climb.  After working your way through a band of shrubbery and small…

Adiantum Woods, SNA #245 (209/675)

Adiantum Woods features a gradient of forest types from mesic to dry on a slope overlooking the Wisconsin River across from Wauzeka.  An access road leads north from CTH C to a parking area.  Walk 1 mile north and then west on an old two-track logging road through a field to the southern boundary of…

Kickapoo Wild Woods, SNA #570 (206/675)

Kickapoo Wild Woods encompasses forest types ranging from dry to mesic and floodplain strecthing from ridgetops down to the Kickapoo River 350 feet below.  The site is comprised of two parcels north of Wauzeka with parking areas available from STH 131 and Badger Lane. Well, the rain that had begun at my previous stop, Wauzeka…

Wyalusing Walnut Forest, SNA #89 (203/675)

Wyalusing Walnut Forest encompasses several forest types from wet to dry on and below a bluff overlooking the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers.  It is found within Wyalusing State Park, easily in my top 2 Wisconsin State Parks.  Great views, wonderful natural areas, and outstanding birding can all be found here.  Though a…

Wyalusing Hardwood Forest, SNA #5 (198/675)

Wyalusing Hardwood Forest features a mixture of southern forest types (wet-mesic, mesic, dry-mesic, and dry) near the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers in Wyalusing State Park.  The closest parking area is a pull-off from the main park road near the Paul Lawrence Interpretive Center with room for 3-4 cars.  From there, take the…

Pecatonica River Woods, SNA #260 (168/675)

Pecatonica River Woods features several southern Wisconsin forest types including southern mesic, southern dry-mesic, southern dry, and floodplain forest along a stretch of the Pecatonica River.  A gravel pull-off in front of a DNR access gate is found on the east side of the river as it cross CTH A in Iowa County. I feel…

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…

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…

Observatory Hill, SNA #223 (152/675)

Observatory Hill is an rock outcropping rising 300 feet above the surrounding landscape and forming the highest point in Marquette County.  A parking area is found on Gillette Avenue and a trail winds from there to the summit.  The trail can be uneven in some places with exposed rock and tree roots. Observatory Hill presents some…

Kettle Hole Woods, SNA #254 (93/674)

Kettle Hole Woods features southern mesic and southern dry-mesic forests on a hillside with numerous ephemeral ponds scattered throughout.  Continuing with the theme, this is one of 11 SNA’s found within the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.  This is your standard park on the road (Forestview Road) and ‘jump in’ site, though…