Scuppernong Nature Trail (Orange Trail)

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Scuppernong Nature Trail (Orange Trail) is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dousman, Wisconsin that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

4.3 miles
285 feet

kid friendly



cross country skiing


nature trips






wild flowers




no dogs

The scenic Scuppernong Trail System is located in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and offers trails suitable for cross-country skiing (classic only) and hiking. The Nature trail is full of spring fed pools. Great for family hikes.

11 days ago

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.

22 days ago

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.

25 days ago

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.

1 month ago


1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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

Monday, August 07, 2017

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

Monday, July 03, 2017

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

Saturday, May 13, 2017

No dogs allowed on trail

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I hiked the blue trail on 4/25/17.
Nice rolling trail through pine forest.
I gave it a three because of the ignorant people with dogs. Even before I hit the trail there were two couples with dogs in the parking lot and only one was on a lead. Evidence of dogs was left on the trail by lazy owner and I know the difference between wild animal crap and domestic.
Saw dogs off the lead on the trail and upon my return to the parking lot.
Blue is five miles. Trail head has clean restroom pit toilets .

Sunday, October 30, 2016

One of my new favorite hikes with in 45 min of Milwaukee. Challenging for Wisconsin hiking, but not too difficult. There are camping spots along the trail and a look out loop around half way of the green loop. I thought everything was well marked. I will be back for some snowshoeing.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Interesting very easy walk. Very open and sunny and somewhat poorly marked trails. But lovely nonetheless

Monday, September 12, 2016

this is an awesome trail system just a heads up for people taking their kids and a stroller it's very rocky on the hills and tree roots are ample so a jogging stroller would definitely work better then a standard stroller you can make those work but be ready for a work out. This is an absolutely beautiful trail system you will not regret trying it out one bit

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

This was a good hike. good variety of scenery. well marked and well maintained.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

beautiful. and on a hot day, very rewarding when you get to the springs.

Thursday, June 16, 2016


Monday, May 30, 2016

Great woodsy trail with lots of hills!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Did this trail a few weeks ago it was very relaxing and fun.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

This is by far the most interesting trail we have ever been on! From the abandoned factory to the natural springs to the cleverly placed Batman bat house it is a blast. 2.4 miles if you look at everything but it doesn't feel like it. We even saw a huge Blue Heron by the old hotel foundation from 1907. This trail is a must see!

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

easy loop. pretty scenery winter or summer! bridges, water, prairie and woods. minimal inclines. great place for a quick hike. an hour or less.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Flat easy trail. Interesting history along the trail. Natural springs are fun to watch. Area has filled in a lot. It was much more open where the springs are just 10 years ago.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I have been hiking this area since I was a kid. Variety of scenery. Beautiful vistas. Super topography - kettles and moraines. Easy hiking but a good workout because of the hills. Wear shoes due to loose rocks on trails.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Pretty easy, but pretty. A natural spring is really cool along this trial.

19 days ago

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