The Kettle Moraine Lake to Lake Trail


The Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest is enjoyed by many hikers and campers in eastern Wisconsin. Two of the most popular destinations in the state forest are Mauthe Lake and Long Lake Recreational Areas in Dundee. A relatively new bike trail connects these two campgrounds. The Lake to Lake trail is 6.5 miles on crushed stone. The trail is mostly flat or gently rolling - but offers views of the wooded hills of the Kettle Moraine. This Trail also touches on and routes through two state natural areas.

Devil's River State Bike Trail


The Devil's River trail is a new bike trail in Wisconsin spanning 14 miles between Denmark and Rockwood in Eastern WI. A master plan calls for this trail to be lengthened to reach the city of Manitowoc. The route is easy to access, not far from major exits on I43. A crossing of the Devils River south of Denmark on a steel trestle bridge is a trail highlight. Riders can take a short excursion to Cherney Maribel Caves County Park which features many hiking trails threading though caves, crevices, and overhangs. A large limestone quarry marks the end of the current trail in Rockwood.

Biking the Tomorrow River State Trail


The Tomorrow River State Trail is a biking and recreational trail in central Wisconsin spanning between Plover and Manawa. This quiet rural trail is set off from major roads. It connects to the Green Circle Trail in Plover. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail intersects with the Tomorrow River Trail.

Biking the Mountain Bay State Trail


Traveling between central Wisconsin's iconic Rib Mountain and Green Bay - the Mountain Bay State Trail is an 84 mile bike and recreational trail paved with crushed stone. Interpretive signs, farmland, forests, and wetlands describe the scenery on long this trail which establishes a boundary between central and northern Wisconsin. A few miles of the Mountain Bay Trail in Marathon County are certified as the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Biking the Bearskin and Hiawatha Trails


The Bearskin Trail is a 24 mile long state trail in the north woods of Wisconsin. It directly connects to the Hiawatha Trail - a 9 mile long Lincoln County bike trail. The mileage seen here may differ from reports on other sites because some roadway connections are included in the total I have included on the trail map on this page. The total route runs between Tomahawk and Minocqua past many lakes and beside creeks and rivers.

Highlights of these trails include many trestle bridges - thirteen on the Bearskin portion and a few more on the Hiawatha section. The level grade, easy trail, and wilderness scenery draw many tourists from nearby summer cottage communities to the trail. Parking lots and restrooms are few and far between, but there is ample room for parking on the shoulder of roads along the full route and there are many restaurants and service stations in close proximity to the trails.

Biking the Three Eagle Trail


The Three Eagle Trail is a 14 mile long bike path in Vilas and Oneida counties connecting Three Lakes to Eagle River. It is intended to be part of a broader network of bike trails connecting north woods communities. Unlike many bike trails in Wisconsin, the Three Eagle is not paved over the top of a retired rail line. It winds around lakes in wilderness settings and navigates wetlands on long boardwalks and bridges. Future connections to other nearby communities and destinations are in the planning stages. You can learn more about the Three Eagle Trail and future developments at their website here.


The Pine Line Bike Trail


The Pine Line is a 26 mile rail trail in north central Wisconsin. It is surrounded by the dense forests of Chequamegon National Forest and wilderness hunting camps set into the hilly and textured landscape of terminal moraine. The route runs from Medford to Prentice on a retired Wisconsin Central Railroad line which was famous for transporting white pine from the lumber baron days up until 1988. Near Timms Hill - the highest elevation in Wisconsin - the Pine Line intersects with the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. A number of rustic campsites and RV campgrounds are near to the trail.


Ozaukee Interurban Bike Trail


The Ozaukee Interurban Recreation Trail is a 30 mile trail paved with asphalt over a retired rail bed. The original rail line was a passenger/commuter rail from Sheboygan to Milwaukee. Today, the Ozaukee Interurban trail begins at a connection with Milwaukee's Oak Leaf Trail in Mequon and extends to a connection with the Sheboygan County Interurban Trail. It is used for biking, running, walking, and cross country skiing.

The Ozaukee Interurban is among the most popular bike routes in Wisconsin. Riders enjoy stopping in the tourist villages and towns along the route. Theinsville, Cedarburg, Grafton, and Port Washington offer quaint main streets packed with restaurants, shoppes, coffee shops, and breweries.

Cedarburg is a unique tourist destination featuring a downtown historic district along the sleepy Cedar Creek. Artisan crafts and antiques are abundant along with old world charm and many vibrant festivals. Grafton is a quiet town on the Milwaukee River and offers a popular riverside brew pub and coffee shops. Port Washington is a picture perfect port town on Lake Michigan where fishing boats still lumber into port with fresh catch of the day for the many restaurants surrounding the marina. As the trail pushes north towards Belgium and Sheboygan the forests and wetlands aside the trail deepen and offer exciting encounters with wildlife.

Heart of Vilas County Bike and Recreation Trail



The Heart of Vilas County Trail is a paved recreation trail connecting popular tourist destination towns in the scenic Vilas County. Vilas County has long been recognized as a top recreational destination for outdoorsmen, fishermen, hikers, mountain bikers, hunters, and for resorts and campgrounds. Much of the county is covered by the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest and is dotted with picture perfect lakes.

The trail is paved in asphalt and is mainly used for cycling or jogging in the summer months and for snowmobiling in the winter. There are plenty of parking lots, restrooms, parks, scenic vistas, campgrounds, resorts, restaurants, and clusters of cabins along the trail. At 50 miles in length, The Heart of Vilas County Trail is sure to delight visitors over multiple visits.


Hiking the Ice Age Tail Verona Segment


Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment
 Monarch butterflies Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment

Close to an urban population the Verona Segment of the Ice Age Trail is a very popular day hike. It's course is 6.3 miles linear - weaving through a string of parks and greenways. There are numerous intersecting and nearby trails to make looping options. This segment is well serviced with parking lots and restrooms and a disperse camping area. Long distance hikers will find laundry, grocery, medical services, and hotels in Verona for recharging and resupplying.


Hiking the Ice Age Trail Devils Lake Segment

Devil's Doorway at Devils Lake State Park East Bluff/South Face
Devil's Doorway at Devils Lake State Park East Bluff/South Face

Devil's Lake is Wisconsin's most popular state park and hosts the 11 most popular miles of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. In the summer and fall the number of hikers exploring sections of the IAT at Devil's Lake can number in the thousands each day while several hundred traverse the trail each day in spring and winter. Most hikers here do not realize they are on the IAT. The course of the IAT at Devil's Lake extends over 10.8 miles of other named footpaths and park roads. 

Traditionally, the IAT route begins on the Uplands trail at Highway 113. It heads towards the Steinke Basin where it hooks up with the Johnson Moraine Trail, navigates roads through the Ice Age Campgrounds and then into the North Shore Picnic Area. The trail climbs the West Bluff Trail and then wraps around the South Shore to meet the Balanced Rock Trail. at the top of the Balanced Rock Trail the IAT takes a hard right onto the East Bluff Trail and meets up with the Upland Trail again before veering off onto the Roznos Meadow Trail. The Devil's Lake Segment of the Ice Age Trail connects directly to the IAT Sauk Point Segment heading westbound, and directly to the IAT Merrimac Segment heading eastbound. Along all of these trails you will find the signature yellow rectangle blaze that indicates you are on the Ice Age Trail. 

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 Osceola's quaint downtown commercial district 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 mountaineering rated climb. 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. 



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.