Looking for a great trail in Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit, Wisconsin? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 11 moderate trails in Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit ranging from 2.4 to 14.6 miles and from 869 to 1,089 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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The Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is 30 miles long, extending from the village of Dousman, Wisconsin, almost to the city of Whitewater. Forest Headquarters is 3 miles west of the village of Eagle on State Highway 59

Nice trail in the snow.

Ice Age Trail Cnty ZZ to Cnty C chose to jump on Scuppernong Green Loop about half way back to car. 29 degrees Fahrenheit. Grey day. Kettles, moraines, pine and hardwood forests and some farmland. Great January hike!

January hike. 30 dogs. Nice trail with numerous decent inclines. 5.5 miles taking the observation loop. . Heavily imbedded with rocks, so be aware. If you want a fairly short trail that you can do in < 2 hours and still get some physical exercise, this will do it for you. Once your hike is completed, go to Kunkleheads and have a burger. They are great!

Pretty icy right now, bring ice grippers...but still a great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trees, well-kept trail, and moderate hike.

2 months ago

34 degrees and foggy at 8:00am. Fog added a whole new look and feel to the trek. Incredible amount of brushing in planted pines along southern reaches of the trail. Encountered no one on the entire trek. Enjoyed hills between miles 6 & 7. A great workout. Great to be outdoors!

I thought this was a great hike! Usually when they say moderate it’s because there is a bump in road... this was actually a narrow trail with ups and downs. I enjoyed it, but because it gets dark so early, I chose a shorter trail.... the brown. I will be back to do a longer one, hopefully in the near future and with more time on my hands!

16 degrees Fahrenheit at 7.56am. Many great examples of kettles, moraines and eskers. Great views with leaves down and light snow covering the forest floor. Five fat tire bikers passed by on our four hour trek. May have to try this sport. Fantastic trek!

3 months ago

Great early winter Trek. First measurable snowfall of the season. 1 to 2 inches. Blue trail. Beautiful!

Nice trail. We did the white trail with our dogs. accidentally started off in the wrong direction but took a narrow linking trail to get on track. Be careful of holes and sticks hidden under the oak leaves. We will be back but please leave a garbage can in the parking lot for those of us who bag our dog poop. there was some poop on the trail, probably left by people who know there isn't a can.

Very Beautiful fall trail. Got lucky with weather! Only downside is it wasnt marked very well.

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.

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.

Wonderful day hike. Wear hard sole shoes to help navigate the rocks. it's a shared path with bikers so be prepared to move out if the way.

Great trail, wide paths, nicely maintained. I’ve been here several different weekends and it is not very crowded. A number of different loop lengths that intersect. We usually end up doing the blue trail and then switching to green to make up a ~6.5 mike loop.

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

hiking
6 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

hiking
6 months ago

Nice wide trails, dog friendly (please pick up after them) great views and plenty of wild life. Moderate terrain. Only downfall for me is no dogs allowed on the trails in winter when cross country skiing is going on. Too bad for me:(

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.

6 months ago

Nice hike

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.

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
6 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.

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