Pleasant Valley Conservancy State Natural Area

This property sits on a long narrow ridge that runs almost due east/west with steep hillsides facing both north and south, each supporting its own suite of species. The site contains oak woodland, oak savanna, dry and wet prairie, sedge meadow, shrub-carr, open marsh and spring complex. Prairie remnants are thriving following intensive management that began in 1995. The oak savannas contain numerous large, open-grown bur and white oaks with many more than 150 years old. The woodlands contain a good mix of showy spring wildflowers. Both the woodlands and savannas support birds including Blue-gray Gnatcher, Scarlet Tanager, and Yellow-throated Vireo.

Directions: From Black Earth, travel south 3.7 miles on Cty F to Pleasant Valley Rd, then east 0.75 mile to the entrance of the preserve. Park along the road. Please stay on the hiking trail that loops through the site.

Pleasant Valley Conservancy State Natural Area map

Gazetteer: Page 35, C-5 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 85, E-5 (10th edition).

Phone: 608/266-7012.

Web site: Pleasant Valley Conservancy | WDNR Pleasant Valley Conservancy State Natural Area

Signature Species: Red-headed Woodpecker, American Woodcock, Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Eastern Kingbird

Rare habitat: Oak Savanna, cold-water creek and spring-fed wetlands.

Seasonality: Open daily, dawn to dusk.

Parking: Parking areas.

Nearest food & lodging: Black Earth, Cross Plains and Mazomanie.