Powers Bluff Maple Woods State Natural Area

This property is perched atop a 300- foot-high hill of quartzite. A rich southern mesic forest of sugar maple, yellow birch, bitternut hickory, ash and basswood covers the slopes. In spring, the forest floor is carpeted with wildflowers and ferns including bloodroot, hepatica, blue cohosh, and violets. The area supports a spectacular display of large-flowered trillium. On the south end of the property, you’ll find quartzite rock outcrops covered with columbine and ferns. Bird life includes warblers, flycatchers and other neotropical migrants. This 70-acre site has a hiking trail through part of it for further exploration.

Directions: Located within Powers Bluff County Park. From Arpin, go south 1 mile on Cty E, then west 1.1 miles on Bluff Dr to the park entrance.

Powers Bluff Maple Woods State Natural Area map

Gazetteer: Page 63, D-8 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 57, F-7 (10th edition).

Phone: 715/884-2437 (Sandhill Wildlife Area).

Web site: WDNR Powers Bluff Maple Woods State Natural Area

Signature species: Red-eyed Vireo and Ovenbird.

Rare species: Woodland vole and Least Flycatcher.

Seasonality: Open all year.

Parking: Parking area.

Nearest food & lodging: Arpin or Marshfield.