- Natural areas
- Contact information
- For information on State Natural Areas, contact:
- Thomas Meyer
Natural areas conservation biologist
Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Cudahy Woods (No. 351)
Within Milwaukee County Parks, Milwaukee County. T5N-R22E, Section 4, E½ NW¼. 42 acres.
Please see Chapter 47-Parks and Parkways in Milwaukee County's Municipal Code Ch. 47 for approved recreational uses.
Cudahy Woods features an outstanding example of the hardwood forests that once covered most of Milwaukee County prior to European settlement and includes dry-mesic, lowland, and mesic forest communities. Occupying the northern portion is dry-mesic forest dominated by red oak, white oak, black cherry, and shagbark hickory. To the south, the woods is moister and supports an old-growth stand of mesic forest containing sugar maple, American beech, red oak, white ash, and ironwood. A small stream separates the two forest types and once contained American elm, killed by Dutch elm disease. More than 160 species of native plants are known to inhabit the natural area, among them the state-endangered blue-stemmed goldenrod (Solidago caesia). The forest floor harbors a rich spring flora, including trout lily, Gleason's trillium, blue cohosh, bloodroot, hepatica, and spring beauty. Other species include witch hazel, alternate-leaved dogwood, arrow-wood, red and white baneberry, sweet cicely, false Solomon's seal, and wild leek. Cudahy Woods is owned by Milwaukee County and was designated a State Natural Area in 2002.
From the junction of I-94 and College Avenue in Milwaukee, go east on College Avenue 1.4 miles to a gated access and parking area on the south side of the street. Hiking trails provide access to the site.
Cudahy Woods is owned by:
- Milwaukee County
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.
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.
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.
- Horseback riding
- Rock climbing
- Vehicles, including bicycles, ATVs, aircraft, and snowmobiles except on trails and roadways designated for their use
- Collecting of animals, non-edible fungi, rocks, minerals, fossils, archaeological artifacts, soil, downed wood, or any other natural material, alive or dead. Collecting for scientific research requires a permit issued by the DNR
- Collecting of plants including seeds, roots or other non-edible parts of herbaceous plants such as wildflowers or grasses
- Camping and campfires
For rules governing state-owned SNAs and other state lands, please consult Chapter NR 45 Wis. Admin. Code [exit DNR]