Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wisconsin Scenes Pier Natural Bridge Park

If you have some time on your hands and you're in Wisconsin, take a drive to Rockbridge in Richland County.
It's one of those natural features that just beg you to get out of the vehicle and look around.

Nothing fancy, no toll booths or Park Staff, just a pretty good sized turn out and it's right next to the road so it's handicapped accessible.

A short walk and you're through the split in the limestone bluff and into a very serene wooded spot seemingly ages removed from the outside world.

There are plenty of things to sight see in the area, stop in at the little store nearby to get the local info on what's going on in the Countryside, there are Amish, small Festivals, Farmer's Markets and all that wonderful small town stuff nearby.

We like to stop by now and again, just to sit a while and sort things out. Of course there is primitive camping, very primitive, but the wooden walkway leads to a pleasant trail for a short jog in the woods.

it's one of Wisconsin's hidden jewels, so I thought I would share it with you all today, one of those places you just might wiz by if you don't know it's there!

Here's the information from the Park site:

Pier Natural Bridge Park is located along Hwy. 80 North, at Rockbridge in Richland County.
The park obtains its name from the Pier family, who donated the land to Richland County to preserve the site as a park.  The site has a very unusual geological feature - a half-mile long "finger" of blocked and layered sandstone rising nearly 60 feet above the flood plain of two merging valleys.  This narrow finger is topped by tall pines and covered with green shrubs.  The West Branch of the Pine River meets with the Main Branch underneath this rock formation, which forms a Natural Bridge. 

The Park has two historical markers - one indicating the unique rock formation and the other recognizing the significance of the Blackhawk wars in this area.  The park has a man-made tunnel which allows visitors to walk through the rock formation to the West Branch of the Pine River.   There are also stairs to walk to the top of the rock formation to view the surrounding area. 

This 10-acre county park has 6 primitive campsites, two shelters, picnic tables and grills, play equipment, and pit toilets.  Camping permits may be obtained for a minor fee from the Natural Bridge Store, located next to the park.  All camping is on a first-come basis.

For additional information, contact the Richland County Parks Commission or
the Natural Bridge Store in Rockbridge at 608-647-4673.



2 comments:

Kevin and Sheryl said...

Now that looks like a great place to explore. We'll definitly keep it in mind if we make it up that way.

Levonne said...

Doyle and Terri, Thanks for coming by A Camp Host's Meanderings and leaving such a supportive message about the stepson and his family. We're moving along and staying open to how this all works out for us. Family squabbles. Can't escape them I guess! Love the park in today's post!

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