Coming here is akin to stepping into a time machine, traveling back some 300 years to experience the once vast Wisconsin wilderness.
The view from the top of Quincy Bluff and the picturesque, 200-foot-high sandstone mesa of Lone Rock reveals not a trace of human habitation. As far as the eye can see in every direction, there are only wooded ridges, steep bluffs, open cliffs and wetlands.
South Central Wisconsin, in Adams County, 20 miles north of Wisconsin Dells
Open year round, dawn to dusk
Quincy Bluff is a great place to hike — the scenic views from the top of the bluff are well worth the climb. In the winter, the wide trails are ideal for cross-country skiing.
See the informational kiosk in the parking area for more information.
For three reasons:
Nature Conservancy staff and volunteers, together with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Natural Areas staff, are working to restore these barrens communities.
Depending on the era, barrens were maintained in one of three ways: natural fire, fires set by Native Americans to rejuvenate the grassland, and fires that were purposely set following logging.
Because these barrens have not been burned in many years, they are overgrown with shrubs. Through controlled burns, the Conservancy hopes to create a gently rolling landscape covered only with a light growth of open-grown oaks and pines.
In the winter of 1992, The Nature Conservancy's Wisconsin Chapter acquired more than 3,298 acres in the Quincy Bluff and Wetlands area. Since then it has transferred 2,091 acres to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to establish the Quincy Bluff and Wetlands State Natural Area. Today, the Conservancy owns and manages 1,701 acres.
One of Wisconsin's rarest natural communities, the pine-oak barren, is found here. (Barrens are sandy open areas of grasses and low shrubs that are sparsely timbered with pine and "scrub" oak.)
Characterized by sedge meadows and shrubby wetlands, the open areas provide excellent habitat for sandhill cranes and northern harrier hawks.
Because wild lupine grows in the area, this is a good potential habitat for the Karner blue butterfly. We are hoping to attract this rare species in the future.
Please see "Preserve Visitation Guidelines"
From Wisconsin Dells: