Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Fun. Great fall hike!

pretty muddy but doable. love the fall foliage.

It’s fee based area trails.

Nice day for a trail run. A nice mix of grassy and rocky trails, along with moderate elevation changes. My first time on this trail. The only downside is a trail fee of $8 for the day, but not a deal breaker. So, bring a bit of cash or check book. Enjoy!

Best trails close to metro area to hike with your dogs. Not as busy as Lapham Peak.

hiking
1 month ago

Great Kettle Moraine Trail. Mostly mixed hardwood forest. Quite a bit of up and down for Wisconsin. Narrow foot path shared with mountain bikers. Bikes go opposite direction as hikers. One of the more difficult hikes in Wisconsin.

Good trail with several loop options. Good for all levels of hikers including kids.

hiking
2 months ago

great part of local history wish more of the old buildings where there. great clean springs but not alot to see still enjoyed the hike

We went in early spring. It was so pretty! This really is a short trail, but the views and the history are worth it. It is also only a short drive from a few other gorgeous places to hike.

Excellent trail with nice views of Southeastern Wisconsin. Trail is well marked and great for all skill levels. Parking is $8 per day at the State Park.

There's Scuppernong Trail System and Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail (across from Ottawa Lake Camping area). This is a review of the former.
Synopsis: Consists of 3 trails, Red(2.3m), Orange(4.1m), and Green(4.9m). The Orange and Green trails break off at multiple points to form longer trails. There's an optional short Scenic Overlook Trail loop accessible by all 3 at a point when they temporarily reconnect. All start and finish in the same area. The Scuppernong Section of the Ice Age Trail(marked Yellow) intersects the Orange and Green. It's well marked and has posted maps along the way. The parking lot area has respectable pit restrooms.
Terrain: The trails are rock(some loose)/dirt with sections of sand. It's mostly inclines with little straight areas. The path is wide and allows for two individuals to walk together.
Scenery: The trails travel amongst the kettles which are heavily forested. The overlook loop provides a nice view. The forested scenery becomes somewhat monotonous.
Pro's: The trails are wide, easy to navigate, and are well marked. The inclines provide a decent hike and can be a tad challenging in some areas.
Con's: The scenery becomes monotonous and can be buggy especially later in the evening. At points, the trail seems like walking on a service path.
Recommendation: If you're up for a decent hike to get the blood flowing, this is the trail. The inclines get your heart rate up and maintaining a solid pace will get you sweating. A family hike might become dull. If you have kids under 8-10, I'd recommend the Red Trail and the Overlook Loop. Trail running might be the strong recommendation.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice trail. Very well maintained and marked. The hike was very buggy however because of all the rain this summer, so bring your insect repellent!

Beautiful area. And lovely trail. We did combo of red and green trails for total of 4mi. Lots of hills to keep reminding your legs that this isn’t just a stroll. Some runners but not a problem for hikers. Very family friendly trails with beautiful trail head facilities.

backpacking
2 months ago

Beautiful area and trails are easy to follow. While no fault of trail the poison ivy and mosquitoes were horrid. Just be prepared when you go and you’ll enjoy your experience all the more.

Not a long or particularly adventurous hike, but the unique scenery makes it worth while.

easy trail, my 3 kids and I did it today. they are 5, 7 and 12. did the 5 mile trail in the rain, only saw 1 person jogging, it was very peaceful and for an outdoors man they view is awsome! the entire trail is through dense woods, bugs were no problem (assuming it was because of the rain). great trail, everything is marked very well

Scuppernog trail is one of my faves! so many different loops to choose from and multiple scenic overlook points. beautiful place!

Did the green loop. I thought it was challenging with lots of ups and downs. Dogs OK on leash. Very buggy over Memorial Day weekend.

Enjoyed this on a hot day. Trail includes lots of shade and a few benches to rest. Nice that you can pick up and complete all or just portions of the trail.

March 2018 Hike. Not much color because of the season, but a very nice hike. Lots to see with some history, lots of springs, and relatively flat easy hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Really enjoy night hiking this trail. It’s vet peaceful. Brown loop is perfect for taking my 7 year old daughter.

Great spot for photography.

9 months ago

Easy trail. Beautiful with the snow.

hiking
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Green Loops is nice and well maintained. Arrived at around 9am on a Saturday and didn't encounter anyone on the trail until we arrived at the beginning of the observation loop. I'd say it is a nice relaxing loop with a couple of easy hills to keep the blood pumping. although the green loop is lightly traffic you never got the feeling you were out on your own since portions of it are lined with camp grounds.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Great mostly wooded trail. Many switchbacks with some rather steep areas. I would rate if difficult for a Wisconsin trail. i did the green loop. Orange loop bypasses the most difficult part of the green loop. nice overlook about halfway through the trail.

Followed green. Nice easy trail. Some areas with lots of small rocks. Ankle breakers if not careful. Would do again.

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Hiked the green trail. Some rain erosion but otherwise the trail is in good shape.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Mountain biker's gem. Just beware of the ridiculous amount of skeeters, no-see-ems and poison ivy. Don't be afraid to send it this fall!

we did the green trail heading CCW until we got to the outlook split and visited the outlook point. the point is not much to tell but the two dead trees at the point make it perfect platform for a hammock to take a nice break. here we made a plan to deviate from the standard trail, we headed back until we caught the junction with the Ice Age Trail and hopped on it to return to the parking lot. best part of our hike hands down; it is a beautiful section and it was a great finish. this part makes the 5 star rating for me

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