Ice Age National Scenic Trail
Wisconsin harbors some of best examples of landforms created by the glaciers of the last Ice Age. Ray Zillmer, a lawyer and avid hiker, dreamed of a National Park that would preserve this amazing glacial legacy. Out of Ray’s dream came the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve.
A group of Wisconsin citizens started work creating the trail in the1950s with its genesis being the 30 miles of trail in the Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit. It took until 1980 for the trail to receive its designation as a National Scenic Trail and in 1987 a Wisconsin State Scenic Trail. When finished the trail will be about 1200 miles long. Currently, about 600 miles of the trail are completed. Today, a partnership between the National Park Service, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Ice Age Trail Alliance continue to build new trail segments, maintain existing trail, and promote its use.
The Ice Age National Scenic Trail follows the furthest extent of the glaciers from the last Ice Age. It meanders through untouched wilderness, rolling farmlands, public parks, private lands, and bustling cities. Most of all, the trail offers unparalleled opportunities to experience the incredible power of the last glaciers and the amazing landforms they left behind.
To plan a hike along a segment or the entire trail, visit one of the visitor centers along the trail such as the Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center in the Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit, or go to the Ice Age Trail Alliance website (iceagetrail.org). Strap up boots and head out for a grand adventure along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, a true Wisconsin treasure. Ice Age Trail LaBudde Segment
For more information about the entire trail go to Ice Age Trail Alliance website: Ice Age Trail