Following the edge of the glacier that covered much of Wisconsin during the Ice Age, this 1,200-mile trail winds from Sturgeon Bay in Door County to St. Croix Falls in Polk County. And today, you’re much more likely to view a moose than a mammoth.
Distance: 1,200 miles
Year Established: 1980
Best Times of Year to Visit: Spring, fall and winter
Notable Spots Along Trail:
- Experience boulder trains—lines of rocks deposited by a glacier—and boardwalks at Plover River, near Wausau.
- Discover the St. Croix National Scenic River in Interstate Park, the western terminus, just one hour northeast of the Twin Cities.
- See world-renowned glacial features at Kettle Moraine State Forest, offering 100 miles of trail paralleling Lake Michigan.
Fun Facts, According to the Ice Age Trail Alliance:
- The trail is not yet complete. Just over 600 miles are yellow-blazed Ice Age Trail segments, while more than 500 miles of unmarked routes link the blazed segments.
- The highest point on the trail is Timm’s Hill, at 1,951.5 feet.
- More than 1 million people use the Ice Age Trail each year to hike, snowshoe and backpack.
Trail Uses: Hiking, snowshoeing, trail running and cross-country and backcountry skiing. The trail occasionally coincides with state bike trails, but biking is allowed only on these overlapping sections.
Administering Agency: National Park Service
Nonprofit Partner: Ice Age Trail Alliance
Permitting Information: The shelter system in the Kettle Moraine State Forest requires a permit.
REI Stewardship: The co-op has invested more than $204,000 in the Ice Age Trail since 2004.
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