Hiking the Potholes Trail at Interstate State Park in Taylor Falls MN



Inside the Bake Oven on the Glacial Potholes Trail at Interstate State Park
Inside the Bake Oven on the Glacial Potholes Trail at Interstate State Park


One of the great natural attractions of the Upper Midwest is the Dalles of the St. Croix, a particularly scenic elbow of the St. Croix National Scenic River. It is here on the Minnesota side of the river in Taylors Falls that tourists, geologists, and explorers will find the world's deepest and most impressive glacier potholes. 

The Glacier Potholes Trail is more like a self guided tour of geological features than a hike. In total the trail measures out to less than a 1/2 mile. The trail has an uneven surface, but handrails and some metal walking decks are provided to enable people of any age and athletic ability the chance to see the potholes from above, inside, and out. In addition to the famous potholes, the trail also takes hikers to panoramic overlooks of the St. Croix River and its dalles. 

Hiking to Cascade Falls and Eagle Bluff in Osceola WI



Cascade Falls at Wilkie Glen in Osceola WI
Cascade Falls at Wilkie Glen in Osceola WI


Located in the downtown commercial district of quaint Osceola you'll find the access point for a delightful and potentially heart pounding hike to a hidden gorge, waterfall, and bluff overlooking the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The trails accessed here include the: Wilke Glen and Cascade Falls Trail, Eagle Bluff Trail, and Simenstad Trails. All of these trails are connected. Taken together they add up to 1 1/4 miles of trail and include one level 4 mountaineering rated climb. But, the trail down to see the falls in Wilkie Glen is simply a flight of stairs from N. Cascade Street into the gorge. 


Hiking the Ice Age Trail Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment



Grenlie Lake from the Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Grenlie Lake from the Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment of the Ice Age Trail


The Skunk and Foster Lake Segment of the Ice Age Trail is a 3.7 mile linear footpath. It is a moderately difficult hike. AS the trail enters the Skunk and Foster Lake State Natural Area the terrain becomes hilly and scenic. This trail segment is well defined and easy to follow. It is a lonely segment separated by many miles of roads from the Waupaca River Segment to the south and the New Hope Iola Segment to the north. 


Hiking the Ice Age Trail Waupaca River Segment



Waupaca River on the Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Waupaca River on the Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age Trail


The Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age National Trail is a short section of easy to moderate footpath, but it's 1.5 miles are very scenic and pleasant. A well made cabin is available on a first-come basis for thru-hikers. A scenic loop is also available for out-n-back section hikers to make this route a lollipop. This segment gets a bit hilly on the northern end. The trail is well defined and easy to follow. 







Waupaca River on the Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Waupaca River on the Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age Trail

The Waupaca River is a wide and shallow river at Cobb Town where the Ice Age Trail briefly follows along its banks. Section hikers can park at a large parking lot for the Waupaca River State Fishery Area on Foley Road. A blue blazed access trail leads down to river where it meets up with the IAT.

Up a long and winding hill there is a perfect little hikers cabin. Long distance hikers will enjoy the shelter of this cabin which includes a platform for a bed on the main level, and a loft with a honeymoon suite that can fit two sleeping bags side by side. This sturdy shelter includes many items such as a small heater, candle lamp, candles, matches, books, and a fire pit outside. If the cabin is already claimed when you arrive you will be able to set up a tent in ample clear space beside the cabin.

The Waupaca River Segment is short, but it is a scenic and wonderful hike. For campers staying at Hartman Creek State Park this is an excellent excursion hike nearby. With the loop trail included, it makes for about a 3 mile / hour long lollipop hike.

Hiker's Cabin on the Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Hiker's Cabin on the Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age Trail


ICE AGE NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL - WAUPACA RIVER SEGMENT

COUNTY: Portage
COMMUNITIES: Waupaca
TOTAL MILES: 1.5 Miles Linear
DIFFICULTY: Moderate
NEXT IAT SEGMENT EASTBOUND: Hartman Creek Segment
NEXT IAT SEGMENT WESTBOUND: Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment
POINTS OF INTEREST: Waupaca River, Waupaca River State Fishery Area, Hiker's Cabin, Scenic Loop
CAMPING: Hiker's Cabin - 1 bed platform on main level, and room for 2 sleeping bags in loft. first come - first serve


DIRECTIONS
Address for your GPS: 3903 Foley Road, Waupaca, WI 54981
| coordinates: 44.380140, -89.216758 |

From Milwaukee2 Hours
From Madison2 Hours
From Green Bay1.5 Hours
From Wausau1 Hour
From Minneapolis3.5 Hours
From Chicago3.5 Hours




PHOTOS
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Waupaca River State Natural Area on the Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Waupaca River State Natural Area on the Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age Trail

Waupaca River State Natural Area on the Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Waupaca River State Natural Area on the Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age Trail

Along the Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Along the Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age Trail

Along the Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Along the Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age Trail

Hiker's Cabin on the Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Hiker's Cabin on the Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age Trail

Scenic Loop Along the Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Scenic Loop Along the Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age Trail

Scenic Loop Along the Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Scenic Loop Along the Waupaca River Segment of the Ice Age Trail



LINKS

Ice Age National Trail Alliance

Ice Age National Trail - National Parks Service


RELATED POSTS


ICE AGE NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL

This post is a directory of all the segments of the Ice Age Trail. It includes an interactive google map of the entire trail with connecting route roads including. There's also an introduction to the history of the IAT. You can easily find any of the Ice Age Trail Segments Wisconsin-Explorer has covered in the index of segments.



WISCONSIN HIKING TRAILS

A directory of favorite hiking trails found throughout the state.





Hiking the Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment



Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment
Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment

The Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment is a 3 mile easy and gentle linear footpath in northwestern Wisconsin near the Village of Luck. It connects the Straight River Segment to the McKenzie Creek Segment. The majority of this segment passes through open fields, meadows, and pristine prairies on a mowed grass two track path. The trail is well defined in most areas except for where it crosses private lands on the Straight River end of the segment.
 

Hiking the Ice Age Trail Straight Lake Segment



Straight Lake on the Ice Age Trail Straight Lake Segment
Straight Lake on the Ice Age Trail Straight Lake Segment


The Ice Age Trail's Straight Lake Segment is a 3.65 mile linear footpath in the northwestern Wisconsin village of Luck. Currently, this hiking trail is the only feature of Wisconsin's newest state park: Straight Lake State Park. The terrain is mild and easy going and the trail is well established and maintained. The trail offers many scenic views of the tunnel channel Straight Lake and Rainbow Lake and the Straight River Valley. 


Hiking the Ice Age Trail Trade River Segment



Ice Age Trail Trade River Segment
Ice Age Trail Trade River Segment

The Trade River Segment of the Ice Age Trail is a 4.2 mile linear and easy footpath in northwestern WI. It's miles traverse mild terrain along the swampy Trade River which is part of a chain of tunnel channel lakes. Some of the miles of this segment pass through Straight Lake State Park, Wisconsin's newest state park established in 2002.



Hiking to Willow River Falls in Hudson WI



Willow River Falls in Hudson WI
Willow River Falls in Hudson WI


The Willow River courses though a 200 foot gorge of 600 million year old rock where it cascades over four prominent falls. The shallow pools below the falls are popular wading pools in the summer months. Rock Climbing is also popular on the fossilized walls of the gorge. 

Only a 40 minute drive from downtown Minneapolis, this park near the Minnesota/Wisconsin border is easily accessible to large populations and a popular side trip for national and international travelers to the Twin Cities. A short 1/4 mile walking path leads from the main parking lot to the falls. Another more interesting option is to take the Burkhardt trail along the top of the gorge to see the falls from above and then to descend a steep staircase into the gorge to the falls. 

Hiking the Ice Age Trail St Croix Falls Segment



Western Terminus of Ice Age Trail - St Croix Falls Segment
Western Terminus of Ice Age Trail - St Croix Falls Segment

The St Croix Falls Segment is the Westernmost segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. It is the traditional beginning point for long distance hikers seeking to trek the nearly 1200 mile full route of the IAT from Interstate State Park to Potawatomi State Park in Sturgeon Bay. The St. Croix Falls segment continues 7.8 miles from Interstate Park through the city of St Croix Falls, into the Wert Family Nature Preserve, and along the banks of the St. Croix National Scenic River. This is a moderately challenging hike due to several exhilarating hill climbs and a number of rock hops across streams.

Hiking the Ice Age Trail Hartman Creek Segment



Ice Age Trail Hartman Creek Segment
Ice Age Trail Hartman Creek Segment


Hartman Creek State Park is a popular destination in Central Wisconsin for camping, boating, fishing, mountain biking, and hiking. The Ice Age Trail flows through the Hartman Creek State Park as the easy 6.8 mile linear single track Hartman Creek Segment. This segment connects the Waupaca River Segment to the Emmons Creek Segment. Services such as campsites, showers, water, and restrooms can be accessed by thru-hikers, and day hikers at Hartman Creek State Park.



Hiking the Ice Age Trail Emmons Creek Segment



Ice Age Trail Emmons Creek Segment
Ice Age Trail Emmons Creek Segment

Only a short throw from a hub of activity at Hartman Creek State Park, the more secluded and scenic Emmons Creek Segment of the Ice Age Trail is an often overlooked hiking experience. The Emmons Creek Segment is easy and relatively short at 1.7 miles linear, but it can be combined with the hillier Faraway Valley Loop Trail to create a 3.5 mile loop.

Biking the Sugar River State Trail



ICE AGE TRAIL - ALBANY SEGMENT


The Sugar River State Trail and Ice Age Trail Albany Segment
The Sugar River State Trail and Ice Age Trail Albany Segment


The Sugar River State Trail is bike trail connecting New Glarus with Monticello, Albany, and Broadhead in Southern Wisconsin. It's 24 miles course through a bucolic agricultural region and along the oxbowing Sugar River and Sugar River State Wildlife Area. A 9 mile portion of this trail is the Albany Segment of the Ice Age Trail which travels from Monticello to Albany. At Monticello the Sugar River State Trail intersects with the Badger State Trail. The Badger State Trail in turn connects between Madison and Freeport.


Hiking the Ice Age Trail Janesville to Milton Segment



Ice Age Trail Janesville to Milton Segment
Ice Age Trail Janesville to Milton Segment

The Janesville to Milton Segment is a 3.2 mile connecting route between the Janesville Segment and the Milton Segment. Part of the segment is on roads and 1.5 miles is on a bike path set onto a former railroad bed. This trail offers a quiet place to walk off the road but lacks anything in the way of scenery. It is used by most as a bike path to access Janesville from Milton. It is also popular with dog walkers.

Hiking the Ice Age Trail Milton Segment



Liberty Park on the Ice Age National Trail Milton Segment

Milton is a trail town on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The trail through this town is marked with yellow blazes on light posts along sidewalks that wind through Milton. Along this easy 4.2 mile path hikers will pass by many historic sites including the Milton House Museum and Milton College - which was one of Wisconsin's earliest private colleges and longest running. The Milton Segment connects directly to the Janesville to Milton Segment and the Storrs Lake Segment.

Hiking the Ice Age Trail Chaffee Creek Segment



Ice Age Trail Chaffee Creek Segment
Ice Age Trail Chaffee Creek Segment


The southernmost Ice Age Trail Segment in Waushara County is the Chaffee Creek segment, a moderately difficult 2.5 mile footpath. The trail route begins between rows of corn on Czech Avenue. There is not a place to park at this trailhead, A parking lot for the Wedde Creek Segment is 3/4 of a mile down Czech road. The Chaffee Creek Segment continues over a variety of terrain and ducks under Interstate 39 before finishing at a highway wayside.




Hiking the Ice Age Trail Bohn Lake Segment



Ice Age Trail Bohn Lake Segment
Ice Age Trail Bohn Lake Segment


Set in the Central Sand Hills Region of Wisconsin, the Bohn Lake Segment of the Ice Age Trail is a 1.2 mile linear footpath that is easy for all levels of walkers. The trail route begins at a gravel parking lot on county highway B and weaves through a pine plantation, around three sides of Bohn Lake and then through an oak savanna.  The majority of the trail passes through the Bohn Lake State Natural area. 


Hiking the Ice Age Trail - Deerfield Segment



Ice Age Trail Deerfield Segment
Ice Age Trail Deerfield Segment


The northernmost segment of the Ice Age Trail in Waushara County is the Deerfield Segment. Its 3.5 miles crosses through private hunting land. A wide mowed grass footpath winds through restored prairies and pine plantations. There are numerous intersections with ATV and snowmobile trails. A former stagecoach road crosses the trail as well. To the north in Portage County is the Emmons Creek Segment and to the southwest is the Bohn Lake Segment. 


Hiking the Ice Age Trail Wedde Creek Segment



Ice Age Trail Wedde Creek Segment
Ice Age Trail Wedde Creek Segment


A forest floor carpeted in soft green grass welcomes walkers on the short Wedde Creek segment of the Ice Age Trail. The segment is only 1.2 miles linear and is an easy hike. A small parking lot is accessed from a spur trail. For those who want to put on more miles this segment is easily combined with the Chaffee Creek Segment which begins 3/4 of a mile down Czech road. 
   

Hiking the Ice Age Trail Greenwood Segment



Ice Age Trail Greenwood Segment

The Greenwood Segment is a 4.6 mile linear section of the Ice Age Trail in Central Wisconsin. Its miles pass through dense hardwood forest, mature white pine plantation, and along the edge of heathy openings and a large square mile of restored prairie. A moderately difficult journey down and out of a 200 foot deep kettle adds a workout to this hike. The Greenwood Segment is separated by short connecting routes on roads from its adjacent segments: The Bohn Lake Segment and the Mecan River Segment. 



Biking the Badger State Trail



Stewart Tunnel on the Badger State Trail

The Badger State Trail is a 40 mile linear bike path paved with crushed limestone in south central Wisconsin. The trailbed occupies the former Illinois Central Railroad's Freeport to Madison line. It was converted to a multiuse path in 2006. 


The trail begins on Madison's West Side in Fitchburg at a major intersection of bike trails and runs south towards Monroe and eventually the Illinois state line to where the trail meets up with the Jane Adams Trail. One of the stand out features of this trail is the Stewart Tunnel - a historic rail tunnel carved out of a stone hill that is 1/4 of a mile long and 21 feet high. Otherwise, most of the scenery along the Badger State Trail is bucolic countryside with lazy creeks and quiet pastures. 

The Ice Age National includes certified segments along the Badger State Trail - The Montrose Segment and and the Monticello Segment.