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…

Coon Creek Cliffs, SNA #201 (217/675)

Coon Creek Cliffs encompasses a series of north-facing and seeping cliffs rich in mosses, liverworts, and ferns.  Park along Jore Road, east of CTH P.  The natural area lies south of the road.  Take care in moving through the site as conditions are typically slick at any time of the year. Water was freely dripping, seeping, and…

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…

Romance Prairie, SNA #418 (212/675)

Romance Prairie features a dry prairie remnant and overgrown oak savanna and forest overlooking Cox Creek and the nearby town of Romance.  The site is located nearly 6 miles east of Genoa on STH 56 and approximately 1/2 mile east of the North Fork of the Bad Axe River.  The DNR site references an access…

Bergen Bluffs, SNA #415 (211/675)

Bergen Bluffs features a southern oak forest on and below the bluff slopes.  Park at a wayside/scenic overlook on STH 35 between Stoddard and Genoa. There are no trails to be found at Bergen Bluffs aside from the occasional deer trail, so the degree to which you explore this site is really at your discretion….

Kickapoo Valley Reserve, SNA #354 (149/675)

Kickapoo Valley Reserve is a massive property containing a range of forest types, as well as sedge meadow, shrub0-carr, alder thicket, swamp, sandstone cliffs, and the Kickapoo River.  Located adjacent to Wildcat Mountain State Park, the natural area is accessible via numerous roads and highways that course through it.  A few trailheads have parking areas…

Mt. Pisgah Hemlock-Hardwoods, SNA #15 (148/675)

Mt. Pisgah Hemlock-Hardwoods features a forest with relict hemlock and birch trees along the Kickapoo River within Wildcat Mountain State Park.  Access is vai the Hemlock Trail which begins from the parking lot for the Lower Picnic Area. The hike up Mt. Pisgah is fairly easy with no steep slopes and overall a gentle climb…