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Take a break from your busy life and head to the Kettle Moraine.
Take a break from your busy life and head to the Kettle Moraine.
The Scuppernong Trail is located about 45 minutes out of Milwaukee, near the town of Eagle.
The Scuppernong Trail is located about 45 minutes out of Milwaukee, near the town of Eagle.
After a long day of walking trails, a swim serves as the ultimate refreshment.
After a long day of walking trails, a swim serves as the ultimate refreshment.

Connect with nature at the Kettle Moraine Forest

Explore the best Milwaukee has to offer with VISITMilwaukee and OnMilwaukee this summer by "Urban Exploring." We'll be sharing parks to hike, walls to climb, rivers to paddle, trails to bike and so much more. Be a tourist in your own town and experience it with us!

Escape the busy city for the lush forests and solace of Northern Wisconsin – but without the long drive – when you travel to the Kettle Moraine Forest. There’s a vast habitat to explore given that the southern unit of the forest spans 30 miles, from Dousman Village to Whitewater. The pine and hardwood forests are overflowing with hills formed by glaciers, kettles, lakes and prairie restoration sites.

The Kettle Moraine gets its name from the various kettles, or depressions in the Earth, caused by glaciers numerous years prior. These kettles range from petite ponds to large lakes.

There are more than 160 miles worth of numerous diverse trails to challenge everyone for the casual to experienced hiker. Many trails permit horses, bikes, snowshoeing, snowmobiles and cross country skiing.

One of these trails is Scuppernong, which is located about 45 minutes from Milwaukee in Dousman Count near the town of Eagle. Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of the town since its population is just under 2,000 people.  

When you begin the trail, you’ll notice different colors marked on the trees. The different colors represent different trails throughout the park that vary in difficulty and distance. When starting, the trail you’re surrounded by bright green trees, bushes and shrubbery.

The trail is teeming with vegetation which almost seems to rival a rain forest in terms of the color and quantity of the plants. The walk is so incredibly peaceful that you can even hear the trees sway back and forth after a gust of wind blows past. This quiet and serene trail is perfect for when you just want to get away.

At the trailhead of Scuppernong, you can also access the Ice Age National Scenic Trail w…

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Flying kites at Veterans Park is a great way to spend your summer days.
Flying kites at Veterans Park is a great way to spend your summer days. (Photo: Hannah Byron)

Let's go fly a kite

Explore the best Milwaukee has to offer with VISITMilwaukee and OnMilwaukee this summer by "Urban Exploring." We'll be sharing parks to hike, walls to climb, rivers to paddle, trails to bike and so much more. Be a tourist in your own town and experience it with us!

Kids nowadays; they have it so easy.

When I was a kid, I was the last of all my friends to get a cell phone. I had limited computer time. I could only play video games if they allowed me to be active ("Dance Dance Revolution," Wii, etc.). Of course, sometimes I would be bitter and frustrated with my parents about it.

In the end, however, I am thankful for it. Because I had limited access to other things, it forced me to spend some time outside, where some of my best childhood memories were made.

The neighborhood kids and I used to play kickball in our backyards. We would ride our bikes around the neighborhood and play cops and robbers. We would have campfires and take a part in a good ol’ game of Ghost In The Graveyard. We would set up lemonade stands at the end of my driveway and so much more. We basically spent every second we could outside. 

Now that I am a 21 years old, I have grown tired of some of these activities. However, some are fun to revisit, which I exactly what I decided to do one recent beautiful summer day in Milwaukee when I finally decided to stop into the Gift of Wings shop by the lakefront.

At Gift of Wings, they sell kites, ice cream and other treats. I thought it would be fun to fly a kite with some friends because I remember it being really fun; however, it'd been quite awhile since I’d done it. Due to that, I decided to ask the shop staff some questions and tips after I bought my diamond-shaped kite. They told me their best advice with my particular kite was to run with the wind to my back and give it a lot of slack. That way, it could get high in the air.

After that advice, I felt confident. I remember that kite-flying was easy, so with that tip, my kite …

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