This 40-acre site is a designated State Natural Area owned by TPE and managed by the Empire-Sauk Chapter. It has two large remnants of original prairie on drumlin hill ridges, surrounded by planted prairie. Spring bloomers will include Wood Betony, Shooting Stars, Prairie Smoke, Porcupine Grass, Puccoon, and clouds of Bird’s Foot Violets, with many other pleasant surprises. Drumlins are interesting long hills formed by the passing of the last glacier. They are composed of gravel, sand, and other glacial till debris. Smith-Reiner is home to several rare prairie plants and insects, and grassland birds such as eastern meadowlarks and grasshopper sparrows.
Directions: From the intersection of US Hwy 12 and Hwy 73 (2.5 miles west of Cambridge, WI), take 73 south 1.5 miles to County PQ. Turn left (east) onto PQ. Proceed 1.0 miles to Clearview Road. Take Clearview (right turn) south 0.6 miles. Park along the road, but off the shoulder. We will be hiking approximately 2 miles total.
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