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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Tellock's Hill Woods (No. 101)

Tellock's Hill Woods

Photo by Thomas A. Meyer



Waupaca County. T24N-R13E, Section 13 S½NE¼. 52 acres.



Tellock's Hill Woods is an old-growth northern mesic forest on the north-facing slope of a drumlin. The drumlin, a hill with a streamlined ovoid shape formed by advancing glacial ice, has an unusual sandstone core exposed in a deep ravine. On the gentle north-facing slope is a relatively undisturbed beech-maple forest with a nearly complete canopy cover. Other species include hemlock and basswood. The groundlayer is rich with an abundance of spring ephemerals and woodland wildflowers such as spring beauty, Dutchman's-breeches, blue cohosh, large-flowered trillium, nodding wake robin, downy yellow violet, maidenhair fern, false rue anemone, and rosy twisted stalk. The steeper northern slope is strewn with large boulders and wooded with nearly pure hemlock although sugar maple and an occasional yellow birch are present. The understory is sparse due to the near complete shading of the hemlock. The lower and more level bottomlands at the hill's base contain ash and elm with irregularly spaced, low wet areas. Yellow-throated vireo, ovenbird, wood thrush, pileated woodpecker, and broad-winged hawk are common inhabitants of the forest. Tellock's Hill Woods is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1972.


Driving directions

From the junction State Highways 22, 110, and 161 just west of Symco, go east on 22 about 4 miles, then north on Shady Lane Road 1.8 miles to a parking area at the bottom of the hill and west of the road.


Tellock's Hill Woods is owned by:

  • WDNR


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.


Site objectives

Manage the site as an old-growth northern mesic forest reserve and ecological reference area. Natural processes will determine the structure of the forest.

Management approach

The native species are managed passively, which allows nature to determine the ecological characteristics of the site. Exceptions include control of invasive plants and animals, maintenance of existing facilities, and access to suppress fires. Salvage of trees after a major wind event is not considered compatible with management objectives.

Site-specific considerations

  • Roadside easement area may be managed sporadically by township.


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.

Allowable activities

In general, the activities listed below are allowed on all DNR-owned SNA lands. Exceptions to this list of public uses, such as SNAs closed to hunting, are noted under the "Access" tab above and posted with signs on site.

  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Hunting
  • Trapping

Prohibited activities

  • Camping and campfires
  • Collecting of animals (other than legally harvested species), 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
  • Geocaching
  • Horseback riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Vehicles, including bicycles, ATVs, aircraft, and snowmobiles except on trails and roadways designated for their use

For rules governing state-owned SNAs and other state lands, please consult Chapter NR 45 Wis. Admin. Code [exit DNR]

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Last revised: Friday, July 06, 2018