Public Trail Map

New walking map with additional trails added 2015!

 

Pleasant Valley Conservancy is a natural area rather than a public park. It is open for limited hiking and wildlife watching only.

Directions: The Conservancy is about 4 miles southwest of the Village of Black Earth. Go west from Black Earth on County Highway F and continue south on F until Pleasant Valley Road. Turn left on Pleasant Valley Road. The preserve will be on both sides of the road. Continue past the steep hillside (large prairie remnant) until you reach an open area and walking trail entrance (about ¾ mile east on Pleasant Valley Road from the junction with County F). (Fire number 4554 Pleasant Valley Road.) Cars should be parked off the road facing the entrance.

The trails shown on the map below permit excellent views of the whole conservancy. The trails use in part mowed trails and the rest use the ridge-top service road and fire breaks.

The Wetland Trail shown on the map is situated between three wet mesic prairies and cattail and sedge marsh. It provides an excellent opportunity to see birds and butterflies. This trail connects with a Boardwalk that makes it possible to walk patway into the cattails and sedge meadows and reach the creek. In drier times of the year a mowed trail continues along the creek.

Please stay on the marked trails! Do not remove plants or seeds. No motors allowed. No dogs!

Public Trail Map 2015 version

 

Download a higher-resolution PDF version