Belmont Mound State Park
|Belmont Mound State Park|
Belmont Mound State Park, July 2010
|Location||Belmont, Lafayette, Wisconsin, United States|
|Governing body||Belmont Lions Club|
Belmont Mound State Park is a state park of Wisconsin, United States, containing Belmont Mound, a 400-foot (120 m) hill topped by a 64-foot (20 m) observation tower. The park is managed by the Belmont Lions Club rather than the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Belmont Mound is an outlier of the Niagara Escarpment, one of several in this part of the unglaciated Driftless Area. "Belmont" derives from the French for "beautiful mountain." A portion of the park received further protection in 1981 when Belmont Mound Woods State Natural Area was added to the Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program. The park is for day-use only; there are picnic facilities but no campground. The observation tower was recently closed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The First Capitol Historic Site, where the first session of the Wisconsin Territory Legislature met beginning on October 25, 1836, is located just west of the park entrance.