Zumbro Falls Woods SNA


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Area and County

Wabasha County





428 acres

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North section (371st Ave./Township Road 126)
N44 16.252, W92 24.640

South section (605th St.)
N44 15.576, W92 24.559

Hiking Trails

No maintained trails


Deer only, by permit. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

Ecological Classification


Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification


Paleozoic Plateau


The Blufflands

Land Type Association(s)

Alluvial Plain

Altura Ridgetops

Elba Slopes

Native Plant Communities1

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

Silver Maple - Green Ash - Cottonwood Terrace Forest

Southern Mesic Oak-Basswood Forest

Sugar Maple - Basswood - Red Oak - (Blue Beech) Forest

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North Section


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South Section

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The steep bluffs, loess-covered uplands, narrow river valleys and broad floodplains of Zumbro Falls SNA straddle the Zumbro River. At one point, Wall Rock, a dry cliff community, towers 200 foot above the east side of the river bed. Frequent dolomite outcrops and low, moist cliffs support mosses, liverworts, and ferns. Small patches of Canadian yew, uncommon in this area, indicate cool ground water seepages. Along the river terraces, Indian paintbrush and smooth rock cress, both protected species, grow on gravel prairies. North and east-facing slopes are home to mesic old-growth oak forest, while oak forest, oak woodland, and brushland cover dryer slopes. Spring brings spectacular displays of bluebells under the basswood stands along the river. Wild ginger, trilliums, and hepatica bloom in the woodlands, and jeweled shooting star, found in Minnesota only on the Paleozoic Plateau, grows abundantly on the cliff faces.





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boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)

boreal chorus frog


One tracked bird species has been seen here:



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

American Robin

Bald Eagle

Black-capped Chickadee

Canada Goose




Fungi and Lichens

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Black Knot

Insects and Arachnids

American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

American lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

chokecherry finger gall mite (Eriophyes emarginatae)

eastern tent caterpillar moth (Malacosoma americanum)

eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

American lady

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whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer


One plant species with conservation status in Minnesota and one species on the watch list are found here:


Special concern

creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis)


Watch list

jeweled shooting star (Primula fassettii)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern) UPs13b

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland FDs38a

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs38c

Silver Maple - Green Ash - Cottonwood Terrace Forest FFs59a

Southern Mesic Oak-Basswood Forest MHs38

Sugar Maple - Basswood - Red Oak - (Blue Beech) Forest MHs39b



American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American black currant (Ribes americanum)

American cow parsnip (Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue spruce (Picea pungens)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis)

downy phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida)

Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern false rue anemone (Enemion biternatum)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

great St. Johnswort (Hypericum ascyron ssp. pyramidatum)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

May-apple (Podophyllum peltatum)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina ssp. angustum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)

Norway spruce (Picea abies)

orange daylily (Hemerocallis fulva)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

Parlin’s pussytoes (Antennaria parlinii)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii)

prairie crabapple (Malus ioensis)

prickly rose (Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

roadside agrimony (Agrimonia striata)

rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale var. affine)

sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

slippery elm (Ulmus rubra)

smooth Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum)

smooth yellow violet (Viola pubescens var. scabriuscula)

spotted lady’s thumb (Persicaria maculosa)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

tall buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

Tartarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

Virginia spring beauty (Claytonia virginica var. virginica)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

white trout lily (Erythronium albidum)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

winter cress (Barbarea vulgaris)

wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia)

woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)


Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Agrimonia gryposepala (common agrimony)

Agrimonia striata (roadside agrimony)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Anemone acutiloba (sharp-lobed hepatica)

Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia (wood anemone)

Antennaria parlinii (Parlin’s pussytoes)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Asarum canadense (wild ginger)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Athyrium filix-femina ssp. angustum (northern lady fern)

Barbarea vulgaris (winter cress)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Carya ovata (northern shagbark hickory)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Claytonia virginica var. virginica (Virginia spring beauty)

Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman’s breeches)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)

Enemion biternatum (eastern false rue anemone)

Equisetum hyemale var. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Erythronium albidum (white trout lily)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (woodland strawberry)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Hemerocallis fulva (orange daylily)

Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum (American cow parsnip)

Heuchera richardsonii (prairie alumroot)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Hypericum ascyron ssp. pyramidatum (great St. Johnswort)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus horizontalis (creeping juniper)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lithospermum canescens (hoary puccoon)

Lonicera tatarica (Tartarian honeysuckle)

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Malus ioensis (prairie crabapple)

Mertensia virginica (Virginia bluebells)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Persicaria maculosa (spotted lady’s thumb)

Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida (downy phlox)

Picea abies (Norway spruce)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Picea pungens (blue spruce)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Podophyllum peltatum (May-apple)

Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum (smooth Solomon’s seal)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Ranunculus acris (tall buttercup)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes americanum (American black currant)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi (prickly rose)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue)

Thalictrum thalictroides (rue anemone)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Viburnum lentago (nannyberry)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Viola pubescens var. scabriuscula (smooth yellow violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

American black currant

American plum



common blue violet

common false Solomon’s seal

common evening primrose

common mullein

common yarrow

downy phlox

eastern false rue anemone

large-flowered bellwort



northern bedstraw

orange daylily

prickly rose

red baneberry

rue anemone

sharp-lobed hepatica

tall cinquefoil

Virginia bluebells

Virginia waterleaf

wild columbine

wild geranium

wood anemone





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