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…

Rib Mountain Talus Forest, SNA #532 (138/675)

Rib Mountain Talus Forest encompasses a second-growth northern mesic forest within Rib Mountain State Park, just southwest of Wausau.  Enter the state park and follow the park road to its terminus in a large parking area.  Numerous trails loop through the site, with some passing in and out of the natural area.  A GPS is…

Bayshore Blufflands, SNA #377 (118/675)

Bayshore Blufflands contains a mixture of forest communities on the steep slope of the Niagara Escarpment.  Access is available from above or below with parking areas off of CTH I and B, respectively. We parked below the bluff and walked the faded trail through the old field to the base of the bluff, across a…

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…