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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program North Country Trail Hardwoods (No. 422)

North Country Trail Hardwoods

Photo by Aaron Carlson


Overview

Location

Within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Bayfield County. T44N-R5W, Sections 1, 2, 3, 9-12, 15. 371 acres.

Description

Description

North Country Trail includes good examples of most of the major community types known from the Penokee/Gogebic Iron Range Landtype. In particular, there are several significant pockets of older sugar maple-basswood forest with a rich, mesic understory. One of these stands had a large component of American elm which died in the late 1970's and was not salvaged, making it a unique site with large amounts of coarse woody debris and standing snags. This site also contains two high quality hemlock hardwood stands, which is a relatively uncommon on this landtype. Another important ecological feature is a steep sided ravine containing Hawkin's Creek, a small cold water trout stream. This ravine includes vertical shaded cliffs, upland hemlock and white cedar, Canada yew and Braun's holly fern (Polystichium braunii). Other unnamed streams run through small bedrock ravines and contain uncommon/rare plants. The Marengo River with its associated steep cliffs, dry talus, and open bedrock glades runs through the westernmost portion of the site. Of note are the ruins from The Swedish Settlement, a well known historical site. North Country Trail Hardwoods is owned by the US Forest Service and was designated a State Natural Area in 2007.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of US Highway 63 and County D in Grandview, go south on D 2.1 miles, then east on Camp 8 Road (FR 377) 4.2 miles, then south on Old Grade Road (FR202) 1.7 miles. Park and walk east on the North County Trail 0.4 miles into the site.

Ownership

North Country Trail Hardwoods is owned by:

  • US Forest Service

Maps

The DNR's state natural areas program is comprised of lands owned by the state, private conservation organizations, municipalities, other governmental agencies, educational institutions and private individuals. While the majority of SNAs are open to the public, access may vary according to individual ownership policies. Public use restrictions may apply due to public safety, or to protect endangered or threatened species or unique natural features. Lands may be temporarily closed due to specific management activities. Users are encouraged to contact the landowner for more specific details.

The data shown on these maps have been obtained from various sources, and are of varying age, reliability, and resolution. The data may contain errors or omissions and should not be interpreted as a legal representation of legal ownership boundaries.

Recreation

Very few State Natural Areas have public facilities, but nearly all are open for a variety of recreational activities as indicated below. Generally, there are no picnic areas, restrooms, or other developments. Parking lots or designated parking areas are noted on individual SNA pages and maps. Trails, if present, are typically undesignated footpaths. If a developed trail is present, it will normally be noted on the SNA map and/or under the "Access" tab. A compass and topographic map or a GPS unit are useful tools for exploring larger, isolated SNAs.

Non-DNR lands

Hunting and trapping

This is a non-DNR owned SNA: Opportunities for hunting and trapping depend on the land owner. Please contact them directly to find out about their rules for hunting and trapping. You can find a link to other owner websites under the "Resource links" heading above. More details regarding allowable uses of this non-DNR owned SNA may be posted, if available, under the "Access" tab above.

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Other activities

Other allowable activities such as - but not limited to camping, geocaching and bicycling are determined by the landowner. Please contact them directly or visit their websites for details.

Last revised: Thursday, October 19, 2017