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.

Hiking the Ice Age Trail John Muir Segment



Ennis Lake on the Ice Age Trail John Muir Segment
Ennis Lake on the Ice Age Trail John Muir Segment


The John Muir Segment of the Ice Age Trail is a short and easy loop trail around a lake in Montello Wisconsin. The site is the boyhood home of John Muir - the father of America's national parks and a renowned naturalist. This 1.8 mile loop is the only complete segment of the IAT in Marquette County as of 2016. It is located 12 miles from the Portage Canal Segment heading eastbound and 28 miles from the Chaffee Creek segment heading westbound.


Hiking the Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment



Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment
Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment


The Mecan River Segment of the Ice Age National Trail is an easy 7.7 mile footpath in Washura County. The hiking trail passes through the Mecan Springs State Fishery Area and then follows along the quiet Mecan River. Hikers walk through hardwood and pine forests, prairies, and gentle glacial moraine. The path is a wide and clean singletrack that is relatively flat and lacks major hill climbs. It is generally easy for any level hiker. The Mecan River Segment also hosts a disperse camping area for long distance hikers. 


Hiking The Ice Age Trail Springfield Hill Segment



Ice Age Trail Springfield Hill Segment
Ice Age Trail Springfield Hill Segment


The Springfield Hill Segment of the Ice Age National Trail was established in October 2014. It is an easy 1.6 mile loop in Dane WI near Springfield Corners and US14. Springfield Hill hosts a disperse camping area for long distance hikers and is near to a footbridge over Highway 14. The current loop trail cuts through oak savanna and hardwood forest on a ridgeline before gently descending into a prairie. Springfield Hill stands alone, separated by many miles of connecting road routes to the Indian Lake and Lodi Marsh Segments. 


Hiking The Ice Age Trail Valley View Segment



Ice Age Trail Valley View Segment
Ice Age Trail Valley View Segment


The Valley View Segment is a moderate difficulty 1.7 mile section of the Ice Age National Trail. This segment features long views towards the driftless area with Blue Mounds in view. The footpath winds through residential areas, restored parries, and a nature preservation area donated to the Ice Age Trail Alliance featuring other connecting loop routes. The Valley View Segment stands alone, separated by several miles to adjacent IAT trail segments. The next segment heading eastbound is the Madison Segment, and the next trail heading westbound is the Cross Plains Segment


Hiking the Ice Age Trail Madison Segment



Ice Age Trail Madison Segment
Ice Age Trail Madison Segment

The Madison Segment is a 3.1 mile easy section hike of the Ice Age National Trail. About half of its miles cross through the University Ridge Golf Course. Other parts of the trail are adjacent to asphalt paved bike paths linking neighborhoods on Madison's far west side. The Madison Segment connects directly to the Verona Segment going eastbound and is a few miles of connecting routes on the side of roads to reach the Valley View Segment heading westbound.


Hiking the Ice Age Trail Stoney Ridge Segment



Ice Age Trail Stony Ridge Segment
Ice Age Trail Stony Ridge Segment

The Stoney Ridge Trail is an easy 3 mile segment of the Ice Age National Trail in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest in Eagle Wisconsin. It is a particularly popular and well traveled segment as the state forest headquarters and museum is located at its center. The segment also features Shelter #2, a robust Adirondack style cabin for long distance backpackers and hikers. There is nothing extraordinarily scenic about the Stony Ridge Segment, but its wide and gentle footpath is enjoyed by many runners, dog walkers, families with small children, and serious hikers all the same. 



Biking the Green Circle Trail in Stevens Point



The Green Circle Bike Trail in Stevens Point Wisconsin
The Green Circle Bike Trail in Stevens Point Wisconsin 


The Green Circle Trail is a bike and walking route in Stevens Point WI. As the name implies, the route encircles the city of Stevens Point (and passes through Whiting). The 26 mile loop crosses through parks and public lands alongside the Wisconsin and Plover Rivers. Most of the miles of this route are on crushed red stone paths, while some miles are on boardwalk paths, asphalt paths, and connections between the paths on well marked quiet roadways.


Bikers who complete the full loop can expect a 3 - 4 hour ride. Along the way you'll cruise through wetlands on miles long boardwalks, through a sculpture garden, past historic sites, through downtown, around an airport, past eagles nests, and through beautiful picturesque woodlands along major rivers and streams. The trail is well serviced with many parking areas, restrooms, well placed benches at scenic overlooks, and never far from restaurants and shopping districts. 


Exploring Paradise Springs



Ruins of Spring House at Paradise Springs
Ruins of Spring House at Paradise Springs


Paradise Springs is a brief loop walk and interpretative trail to a spring fed pond among the ruins of a resort which operated between 1937 and 1948. It is a natural area sited in the Southern Kettle Moraine Forest in Eagle WI (not far from Old World Wisconsin). 

Up until recently the pond was stocked with trout and was a popular fishing destination. The crystal clear water of the shallow pond reflected overhanging trees and set a magical scene. But, in 2015 the dam which created the pond failed and most of the water depth and fish were flushed downstream. Today, Paradise Springs is a forgotten roadside attraction. The ruins of the spring house still attract urban explorers, but this once popular strolling park is empty even on busy holiday weekends. 


Hiking the Ice Age Trail Sauk Point Segment



Ice Age Trail Sauk Point Segment
Ice Age Trail Sauk Point Segment


The Sauk Point Segment is a 4 mile long moderate section hike of the Ice Age National Trail. It begins at the trailhead for the famous Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area walk. From there it ascends gently for two miles - a level 4 mountaineering rated climb. After the second mile it rolls along swells of glacier moraine in Devil's Lake State Park to a trailhead at Highway 113. The Sauk Point Trail connects directly to the Devil's Lake Segment of the IAT. Heading westbound it is separated by 22 miles of connecting routes (roads) to the Portage Canal Segment. 


Hiking the Ice Age Trail Cross Plains Segment



Ice Age Trail - Cross Plains Segment
Ice Age Trail - Cross Plains Segment


Cross Plains is a charming small town nestled in a valley between imposing hills on the edge of the Driftless Area. It is an Ice Age Trail Town; a great place for long distance hikers to refuel, take a swim in a public pool, do laundry, and have that twisted ankle looked at by a doctor at the medical clinic. Overlooking this scene of casual rural town life is a segment of the Ice Age Trail high on a hilltop in the Andersen Preserve. The majority of this short 2.8 mile segment is in the nature preserve, but the tail end of it passes by the local swimming pool and the Ice Age Trail Alliance Office. If you're thru-hiking stop in to say hi, maybe they will have a care package for you. 


Hiking the Ice Age Trail Lodi Segment



Ice Age Trail Lodi Segment
Ice Age Trail Lodi Segment

The Lodi Segment is one of the trail town segments of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Many of the miles of this trail are along sidewalks through the center of the charming town of Lodi. But, there are also a few miles of footpath through greenways and alongside the Lodi Middle and High Schools. Along this trail you will get to see many of Lodi's restored Victorian homes, stop for ice cream and coffee, and contemplate on the banks of the babbling Spring Creek as it oxbows through the center of Lodi.