Scuppernong Springs Nature Loop
ElevationAscent: 149' 45 m
Descent: -151' -46 m
High: 931' 284 m
Low: 869' 265 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“A true gem that is close to the city, easy to access, and offers lots (natural springs, ruins, wildlife & more)!”— Kyle C
Family Friendly Easy to access and hike, interact with the DNR by texting in water height, explore ruins, see bubbling springs, eat wild berries, and possibly see deer.
From the parking area, head along the southern side of the loop. The Marl Plant Ruins are not far from the parking area and there is an option to take access trails that allow you to hike right up to them and explore. As you cross the trail to the Marl Pits, a bridge over Scuppernong River has a measurement center where you can help out by texting the height of the water.
However, this route as mapped, continues past this intersection for the Marl Ruins and Marl Pits. As you continue east then south along there trail, there are bridges that go over several crystal clear, spring-fed streams. Around 0.4 miles there is a short cut-off trail that branches off to the left. Stay right to follow the main loop. This southwest section of the trail is filled with numerous springs (especially on the easter side of the loop), all of which are easy to see and access from the trails. The springs can be seen as they bubble up from the sandy surface.
As you head north, you'll again intersect the cut-off trail, once again off to the left. Stay right and continue along the northern end of the loop. Eventually, you'll end back at the parking lot.
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Land Manager: Wisconsin State Parks - Kettle Moraine South