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Spring Green Prairie and Spring Green Preserve State Natural Area



04/01 - 10/31

Spring Green Prairie and Preserve, known as the ""Wisconsin Desert"", features a rolling sand prairie on an Old Wisconsin River terrace and harbors a unique flora and fauna that are adapted to the hot, droughty environment. The Nature Conservancy opens this property to visitors for hiking, photography and bird watching. The dry sandy soils contain many desert-like plants that thrive in several sand blows with shifting dunes and open sand. A population of pocket gophers lives here among interesting grassland birds and plants that are found in few other places in the state. Signature species include the Prickly pear cactus, Dickcissel, Grasshopper and Lark Sparrow. Rare species include the Six-lined racerunner and blue racer lizards and bullsnake. From Spring Green, go north 0.5 mile on Highway 23, then east 0.75 mile on Jones Road, then north on Angelo Lane to a parking area. Trails lead through the site.



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  • Jake Schlachter posted 6 months ago
    "Beautiful! Bring hiking boots and bug spray! The main loop is 3.2 miles. Also, use the restroom before arriving. There are no facilities at the park."
  • Gregory Collins posted 5 months ago
    "A quiet, hidden gem. See the native cacti, and admire the prairie grasses and flowers."
  • Audrey Ogden posted 9 months ago
    "Very windy today but I enjoyed seeing the bird foot violets and yellow flowers along with a variety of butterflies, a LARGE snake and what I believe was a pocket gopher. Would like to return to see the cactus in bloom and the lizards."
  • Zoe Osberg posted 8 months ago
    "An amazing place - the scenery and ecosystem is unlike any place in the Midwest. Be sure to keep an eye out for all the interesting animals that live there!"
  • Cari Stebbins posted 10 months ago
    "Gorgeous Prairie and unique plant and animal species. It's a steep hike to the crest of the hill, but well worth it for the view. "