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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Pine Hollow (No. 45)

Pine Hollow

Photo by Joshua Mayer



Sauk County. T10N-R5E, Sections 3, 4, 5, 8, 9. 335 acres.



Pine Hollow features a narrow, heavily wooded stream gorge with sheer cliffs and rock outcroppings of sandstone and quartzite cut into the Baraboo Hills. Differential erosion has cut a ravine about 300’ deep with cliff walls up to 80’ high. The complex slope and variety of exposures have resulted in a rich flora of more than 500 species. Hemlocks of all size classes occupy the steep, moist ravine walls while yellow birch and red maple are found on the lower slopes. A few large white pines grow on the near vertical sandstone cliffs. On the rocky uplands grow red and white oaks with black oaks present near the drier bluffs and a prairie opening is found on top of a west-facing bluff with columbine, yellow star-grass, and shooting-star with abundant Pennsylvania sedge and early oak sedge near rocks. On the upper slopes grow various ericads (plants of the Heath family) including huckleberry and trailing arbutus with an abundance of moccasin flower in late spring. Also present are moist shaded cliffs that harbor a wide variety of ferns, moss, and liverworts including the rare sword moss, pincushion moss, and Sullivant’s coolwort. Toward the lower, south end of the hollow is an open sedge meadow with turtlehead, manna grass, ferns, and a state-threatened sedge. A diverse breeding bird community is present including Canada warbler, Louisiana waterthrush, and golden-winged warbler. Pine Hollow is owned by the Wisconsin Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and was designated a State Natural Area in 1966.


Driving directions

From the junction of County Highways PF and C in Leland, go east on C 2.9 miles, then north on Pine Hollow Road 1.5 miles. Park on the road shoulder and walk due west into the preserve. Be advised that there are no hiking trails, and the slope down into the hollow is steep and rocky.

For available hunting opportunities, visit The Nature Conservancy's website: The Nature Conservancy [exit DNR]


Pine Hollow is owned by:

  • The Nature Conservancy


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.

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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.

The good majority of SNAs are isolated and have few or no facilities. Some SNAs have vehicle access lanes or parking lots, but their accessibility may vary depending on weather conditions. Parking lots and lanes are not plowed during winter. Hiking trails may be nonexistent or consist of undeveloped footpaths. A GPS unit or compass and detailed topographic map are useful tools for exploring larger SNAs.

Non-DNR lands

Entrance fees: For non-DNR-owned SNAs, we are unaware of any vehicle or admission fees. However, please contact the landowner for more information.

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 "Resources" 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: Monday, March 27, 2023