Another hike last Sunday afternoon at High Cliff to enjoy the changing fall colors.
|High Cliff Park Entrance|
|HIgh Cliff General Store|
|Hiking up to the top of the cliff|
|The Niagara Escarpment|
High Cliff gets its name from the limestone cliff of the Niagara Escarpment, which parallels the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago. This ledge extends northeasterly to the Door County peninsula and on to Niagara Falls, New York. At the escarpment summit are vertical cliffs up to 25 feet high that contain fragile fern, bulblet fern, leaf cup, cliff stickseed, and long-beaked sedge. The talus slope below the cliff is composed chiefly of small, flat rocks, although some areas of large limestone boulders occur, and many seepages emanate from the rocks. The undisturbed forest on the slope is composed of sugar maple, basswood, white ash, green ash, elm, hackberry, and butternut. Closer to the lake, willows and cottonwood gradually appear. A rich herbaceous layer includes wild ginger, great water-leaf, false rue anemone, squirrel-corn, toothwort, and Canada violet.
|The Niagara Escrapment|
The Forest Management trail compares
managed and unmanaged woodlots.
|Looking back down on our neighborhood from the top|
Bloom Time: Jun-Sep
Silphium laciniatum has thick, deeply divided leaves which often orient themselves in a north-south direction, hence the name Compassplant. Slow growing and long-lived, mature plants can have up to 100 large yellow flowers that open from June through September. Birds seek out the very nutritious seeds. Clay is Its Friend! Hardy to Zones 4 - 9.
|Headed back home by the Butterfly Pond|
Branches have appeared atop the osprey nest platform, so we'll have to keep an eye out for osprey nearby on future visits to the park.
The WI DNR has recently been working on a Master Plan for the continuing development and preservation of High Cliff State Park: