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Kettle Moraine State Forest - Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail

Kettle Moraine SF--Scuppernong Spring Nature Trail, Waukesha County, WI, US - eBird Hotspot

Habitat: Open Water, Marsh, Dogwood-Willow Swamp, Dry and Sand Prairie, Southern Hardwood Forest

Best Birds: In spring migrating warblers, including Northern Waterthrush, are a highlight, while Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Blue-winged Warbler, American Redstart and Cerulean Warbler are summer residents. Pileated Woodpecker and Northern Flicker can often be found year round.  Mallard and Wood Duck, Wilson’s Snipe, Spotted and Solitary Sandpiper, Sandhill Crane, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Swamp Sparrow and Northern Harrier can be seen and heard in the marsh and along the creek. Veery and Wood Thrush both nest here, along with Willow Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Great-crested Flycatcher and Eastern Wood Pewee. Great-horned Owl and Barred Owl can be heard during nocturnal surveys.

Directions: The nature trail parking is located on Hwy ZZ, one-half mile south of Hwy 67 across from the Ottawa Lake Campground.

Address and Additional Information:

County Road ZZ, Dousman WI


Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail | The Kettle Moraine's Most Beautiful Springs!

The Scuppernong River, which defines the area, is fed by a series of bubbling natural springs. The 1.5 mile Nature Trail loop takes you through a variety of habitats, including a calcareous fen, cattail marsh, dogwood - willow swamp, marl pits, a dry sand prairie and southern hardwood forest with an understory of Hazelnut, Chokecherry and Nannyberry as well as some non-native shrubs and trees. Many native wildflowers, adapted to these various habitats, can be seen in the spring through fall.


Anne Moretti