Roche-A-Cri Mound, SNA #183 (134/675)

Roche-A-Cri Mound is comprised of the eponymous mound which was once an island in Glacial Lake Wisconsin.  Found within Roche-A-Cri State Park, a parking area is located at the trailhead which in turn leads to the steps which will take you to the top. No stairmaster required after hiking this natural beauty.  Meaning “crevice in…

Whitefish Dunes, SNA #175 (117/675)

Whitefish Dunes features the largest landscape of sand dunes along the Great Lakes.  Found within Whitefish Dunes State Park, both active and stabilized dunes are home to various stages of succession with those dunes further from the lake being more wooded and stabilized.  Parking is available near the park office.  From there, we walked north along…

Europe Bay Woods, SNA #379 (108/675)

Europe Bay Woods is the second of two SNA’s found within Newport State Park, along with Newport Conifer-Hardwoods as previously discussed here.  It features a mixed forest located on an isthmus between Europe Lake and a mile of Lake Michigan shoreline.  Access is available via the Hotz and Europe Bay trails with trailheads on Europe…

Newport Conifer-Hardwoods, SNA #90 (107/675)

Newport Conifer-Hardwoods features a mixture of forest types in a parcel embedded within Newport State Park.  Put your hiking shoes on because this one will require a bit of a walk from the nearest parking area.  Newport State Park is a “wilderness” state park so amenities are limited and the campsite are all a couple…

Peninsula Park Beech Forest, SNA #12 (101/675)

Peninsula Park Beech Forest is the second of two SNA’s found with Peninsula State Park (the other being Peninsula Park White Cedar Forest).  Several parking areas are found near the observation tower (which is closed indefinitely) and from there, the Sentinel trail leads across the road toward the northern edge of the SNA.  The Eagle…

Brady’s Bluff (96/674)

Brady’s Bluff features a dry prairie and oak woodland on a bluff with stunning views overlooking the Mississippi River.  Found within Perot State Park, this is definitely in my top 10 SNA’s visited.  The SNA can be reached from several trailheads, though the most common are the East Brady’s and West Brady’s parking areas. From…

Pine Cliff, SNA #19 (75/674)

Pine Cliff is a rare pine relict in the southern part of Wisconsin and is unusual for the presence of all three of Wisconsin’s native pine species: red, white, and jack.  Located within Governor Dodge State Park in Iowa County, ample parking is available and a leisurely walk around Cox Hollow Lake will lead you…

Copper Falls, SNA #399 (68/674)

Copper Falls features waterfalls (of course!) as well as oxbows and dry and dry-mesic forests along the Bad River in Ashland County.  It is found within its namesake state park, with the SNA encompassing much of the land along the river north of its confluence with the Tyler Forks River as well as Copper Falls…

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…

Ancient Aztalan Village, SNA #408 (62/674)

Within Aztalan State Park, restored mounds and stockades from the village and ceremonial complex of an Upper Mississippian Native American culture and are now designated as Ancient Aztalan Village SNA.  This is an easy to find and easy to explore site found just southeast of Lake Mills in Jefferson County on County Highway Q.  This…

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…