This boardwalk leads across a reed-filled marsh at the Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeast Wisconsin.  The wooden path takes a right turn and ends at a small deck where you can view Emerald Spring – one of the many natural springs in the area.  The region once boasted a hotel, a fish hatchery with trout, a marl* plant, a cranberry bog, and a sawmill.  There is little to no trace left of those structures, save a few foundations, wooden posts, a concrete wall or two, and some twisted metal.   Nature has taken back over (with a little helping hand here and there from the park rangers and volunteers).  It’s definitely worth the visit if you are ever in the area.

Day 201 of my 365 photo a day project.

*Marl – a lime-rich, grayish-white soil which was used as a fertilizer on lime-poor soils and as mortar in building construction.

The Boardwalk to Emerald Spring

The Boardwalk to Emerald Spring

More information about the Kettle Moraine State Forest, Southern Unit.