The Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail is full of treasures waiting to be discovered. Yesterday I continued cutting the Phragmites on the West side of the River just North of the second bridge ( Phragmites Invades the Springs ) and sure enough, there is a beautiful little spring there under this mat of cress and phragmites.
A couple pictures before I continued cutting the phragmites.
Below, after cutting and cleaning out the spring… This bubbler is just beyond the boardwalk that the Wisconsin Conservation Corps put in back in the 1930s so this spot was recognized long back as one of the scenic attractions of the Springs.
Below is the channel flowing out of the spring shown above toward the River. I was not able to finish clearing the channel all the way to River. We will need a shovel to finish excavating it as it has become filled with silt over the years.
On July 9th Lindsay finished opening the channel to the River.
He found another little spring shown on the left below.
I finished cutting the Phragmites in this area.
Below are a few more pictures of the area around the second bridge (counting from the very first spring at the head of the valley).
Looking out from the bridge over the River that is just up the trail from the Marl Pits.
The little Oaks growing in the understory are being attacked by Leaf Minor. We are keeping an eye on this to see if it is affecting any of the mature trees.
My friend Mark, who just began following this blog, sent me this link from the DNR’s website discussing invasive species and Phragmites in particular.
I noticed on the Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail guide that this Spring is called the “Hidden Spring”
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