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Kettle Moraine Country Inn

Horseback RidingSouthern Unit Bridle Trails
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There are 87 miles of equestrian trails  of varying lengths over a cross section of the Kettle Moraine. Riders will enjoy large hardwood forests, pine plantations and many vistas overlooking wet kettles, oak savanna prairies, and area lakes. Horses are limited to designated horse trails. A state trail pass is required for riders 16 and older.

Cross-Country Skiing Nordic Trail System
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This trail, on County Highway H south of the Village of Palmyra, provides hiking and skiing for skate and classical stride cross-country skiers through a variety of vegetation, hardwoods, pine plantations, open meadows, and kettle moraine terrain. There are six different trails of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty, providing great hiking or skiing for all levels of ability. A warming shelter is open every day, and convenient parking, vault toilets and a sledding hill are also available at the trailhead. Hiking is not allowed when the trails are groomed for skiing. Bikes are not allowed on this trail system.

Hiking Cross-Country Skiing Scuppernong Trail System
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These trails, on County Highway ZZ just east of Highway 67 north of the Village of Eagle, are open to hikers and classical stride skiers only; skate skiing is not permitted. There are three color-coated loop trails ranging from just over 2 miles to 5 miles. The Scuppernong area provides convenient parking, water, and a vault toilet. The trails have a nice rolling characteristic through hardwood forest and pine plantations. Hiking is not allowed when the trails are groomed for skiing. Bikes are not allowed on this trail system. Scuppernong Trail map [PDF].

v   Red Loop, intermediate, 2.3 miles: Short and narrow with steep terrain is the only way to describe this loop. You’ll pass through pine plantations and hardwood forest.

v  Orange Loop, intermediate, 4.1 miles: This loop will take you deeper into the hardwood forest.

v  Green Loop, advanced, 4.9 miles: About halfway on this loop you will pass the edge of the Pinewoods Campground. As you continue through the pines, walk quietly down these old fire lands. When making your final descent from the ridge to the parking lot, you will experience a roller coaster of hills that you won’t soon forget.

v  Observation Loop: Enjoy a seat on this overlook with views of Ottawa Lake and the surrounding area.

Cross-Country Skiing McMiller Trail System

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This trail system, on County Highway NN south of the Village of Eagle, provides skiing for skate and classical stride skiers. The trails traverse some significant terrain which provide great training opportunities for all skiers. The trails pass through primarily hardwoods forest and pine plantations. Five trails of different distances and degrees of difficulty greet skiers of all abilities. McMiller's heated shelter building with flush toilets and some vending machine refreshments is open on weekends. The trails are open every day of the week. Hiking is not allowed when the trails are groomed for skiing. 

McMiller also offers a biathlon course for those who participate in this unique sport that combines physically demanding cross-country skiing with rifle marksmanship. The biathlon range at McMiller is open for use from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and Sundays and during daylight hours on weekdays.

Hiking Bicycling Snowshoeing Emma Carlin Trail System  

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This trail system, on County Highway Z just south of State Highway 59, goes through a hardwood forest with mostly hilly terrain. Three color coded trails ranging from 2 to six miles. Parking, water, and vault toilets are available. The trails in this system are single-track mountain bike trails that are generally more difficult than the John Muir Trails. 

v   Brown Loop, moderate, 2 miles: Skirt in and out of pines and hardwoods, pass a kettle low­land, then after joining up with the orange loop, proceed uphill along a moraine and back downhill to the trail head.

v   Orange Loop, moderate/hard, 4 miles: Traverse the contours of the glacial geography, generally uphill to the scenic overlook where the Connector trail meets the Carlin trails. Then get ready for lots of ups and downs until meeting back with the brown loop.

v  Green Loop, hard, 6 miles: This trail is continuous with the orange, until it splits off on the southern half of the loop. Here you are in for several difficult ups and downs.


 HikingBicycling Snowshoeing John Muir Trail System

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On County Highway H north of the Town of La Grange and US Highway 12 and south of the Town of Palmyra, this is the most popular trail system within hundreds of miles. The John Muir Bike Trails are single-track, mountain bike trails that are rough, natural surface trails. Five different loops ranging from 1.25 miles to 12 miles. Parking, water, and vault toilets are available..

v  Brown Loop, easy, 1.25 miles: 
Mostly flat trail with some small rolling hills; two moderate uphill climbs, one fast downhill, and a little rocky ending.

v  White Loop, moderate, 4.25 miles: 
Moderate hills, some rocky trail sections; one long downhill, one fast steep downhill, and one moderate uphill before reconnecting with the brown loop.

v  Rainy Dew Bypass (purple), hard, 4.7 miles: 
Moderate trail with a hard rocky up and down hill before reconnecting with the Blue/Green Loops.

v  Orange Loop, moderate/hard, 5.0 miles: 
The first half of the trail is the white loop. Includes moderate trail with a hard, long up-hill before reconnecting with the brown loop.

v  Green Loop, hard/more difficult, 7.0 miles: 
Moderate trail with very rocky and sandy trail sections; many hard ups and downs, with many fast sections.

v  Blue Loop, hard/most difficult, 12.0 miles: Hard trail with very rocky section, many hard up hills and several fast down hills.

v  Skills Course: a very short course to practice trail skills.

Self-guided nature trail Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail

County Highway ZZ across from Ottawa Lake Recreation Area Natural springs, foundation of previous marl works plant, hotel and Native American campsite.


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