Scuppernong Prairie contains a wet prairie just southeast of Kettle Moraine Low Prairie. The property consists of 2 parcels on either side of CTH N approximately 1/5 mile apart. A large parking area is found on the west side of CTH N, across from the southernmost parcel, but with no road shoulder here to speak of, it is your best bet for parking for both parcels.
I generally think of Scuppernong Prairie as a smaller, quicker-to-access version of Kettle Moraine Low Prairie, but with a nicer array of forb species. The southern parcel is nicer, in my opinion, and easier to walk into than the northern parcel with has a cattail moat and appears to contain more deeper within. In late May, the dominant species was golden ragwort along with cinquefoils and vetches. In late summer, the gentians rise to the fore, including lesser fringed and bottle, along with several goldenrod and aster species and Great Plains’ and Lady’s-Tresses. The Scuppernong name is attached to numerous “areas” and geographic features in the area including a river, springs, habitat area, and trail network, etc. I have not explored those others in any detail, preferring to spend more of my time at this little gem.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Scuppernong Prairie can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology||Wet-Mesic Prairie|
|Parking||Parking Lot (gravel)|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Located Within||Kettle Moraine State Forest – Southern Unit|
|Dates Visited||5.29.10 / 8.22.15|