Abraham's Woods

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Abraham's Woods
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Abraham's Woods in April 2012
Map showing the location of Abraham's Woods
Map showing the location of Abraham's Woods
Map of Wisconsin
LocationGreen County, Wisconsin
Coordinates42°40′58″N 89°29′02″W / 42.68278°N 89.48389°W / 42.68278; -89.48389Coordinates: 42°40′58″N 89°29′02″W / 42.68278°N 89.48389°W / 42.68278; -89.48389
Area40 acres (16 ha)
Governing bodyUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison

Abraham's Woods is a 40-acre (16 ha) forest in Green County, Wisconsin owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.[1][2] It was designated a Wisconsin State Natural Area in 1961 and a National Natural Landmark in 1973.


Abraham's Woods features certain vegetation that is rare in southern Wisconsin.[3] Trees found in the woods include the sugar maple, basswood, red oak, bitternut hickory, hackberry, butternut tree, slippery elm and white oak. A sandstone ridge surrounds the woods, creating a natural amphitheatre facing the east. Other plants that can be found in Abraham's Woods include the dogtooth violet, the wood nettle, the yellow jewelweed, the false rue anemone and the Dutchman's breeches. Additionally, it is home to an active great blue heron rookery.


  1. ^ "Abraham's Woods (No. 38)". Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
  2. ^ Lang, Jean M. "The outlying properties of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum: Abraham's woods". University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum. pp. 6–17. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
  3. ^ "Abraham's Woods". National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-01-19.