Belmont Prairie State Natural Area

Located along the Pecatonica State Trail, Belmont Prairie is a small mesic to dry prairie remnant with more than 80 species of native plants. This stretch of prairie lies within a former railroad right-of-way, which is one reason for the prairie’s preservation. The unintentional fires sparked by the rails and stray cinders from passing trains preserved Belmont Prairie. The fires encouraged the growth of native prairie grasses and forbs and kept the area free from woody species encroachment. The area is only 36 acres in size but contains native plants that attract some nice grassland birds.

Directions: From Hwy 126 in Belmont, walk or bike the Pecatonica State Trail 1.2 miles to the eastern boundary of this SNA.

Belmont Prairie State Natural Area map

Gazetteer: Page 26, C-1 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 91, C-5 (10th edition).

Phone: 608/266-7012 (WDNR).

Web site: WDNR Belmont Prairie State Natural Area

Signature Species: Dickcissel, American Goldfinch and Song Sparrow,

Rare species: Upland Sandpiper, Bell’s Vireo and Wild Quinine.

Parking: Parking lot.

Nearest food & lodging: Belmont and Platteville.

Fees: Trail fees apply.