Hiking the Ice Age Trail Eagle Segment



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Along the Eagle Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Along the Eagle Segment of the Ice Age Trail


If there is one word to describe the Eagle Segment of the Ice Age Trail that word is wet. The Eagle Segment meanders along the edge of what was once Glacial Lake Scuppernong. This 5.25 mile linear footpath is mild and easy walking characterized by frequent boardwalks through low wetlands, prairies, and thin forests. The Trail passes through the Kettle Moraine Low Prairie and Scuppernong Prairie State Natural Areas. It also belongs to the larger Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest. 

Hiking the Ice Age Trail Scuppernong Segment



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Adirondack Backpacking Shelter #1 on the Ice Age Trail Scuppernong Segment
Adirondack Backpacking Shelter #1 on the Ice Age Trail Scuppernong Segment 

The Scuppernong Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a 5.6 mile linear footpath in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest. It is among the most popular segments of the IAT as the Scuppernong is immediately accessible to campers at the Pinewoods State Campground and Ottawa lake Recreational Area. It also includes a backpackers cabin; one of three in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest.

White River State Trail

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The White River State Trail is a bike and recreation trail set onto a retired rail bed. It traverses scenic rural countryside in the southern Kettle Moraine region and is near to major tourist destinations surrounding Lake Geneva. There is a gap in the trail at Burlington.

Hank Aaron State Trail

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The relatively new Hank Aaron State Trail pays tribute to the legendary baseball player for which it is named. This trail connects directly to the northern portions of the Oak Leaf Trail system at Lakeshore State Park directly across a lagoon from the Maier Festival Park where Summerfest is staged.

The Hank Aaron then winds along the Milwaukee and Menomonee Rivers through the industrial heart of Milwaukee - the Menomonee Valley. It continues westward passing the Harley Davidson Museum, Potawatomi Casino, Mitchell Park Domes, Miller Park Baseball Stadium, The State Fairgrounds, The Milwaukee County Zoo, and eventually connecting to the western portions of the Oak Leaf Trail System at Krueger Park.

During the multi-year reconstruction of the Zoo Interchange portions of the west end of the trail may be detoured or closed.

The Bugline Trail

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Among the most popular cycling trails in Wisconsin, The Bugline cuts through parkways in the suburban areas of Waukesha County. Shaded and winding, the trail is a supremely pleasant ride. Views of the expansive Lannon Quarries are a memorable feature.

Lake Country Recreational Trail

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A paved Waukesha County trail, the Lake Country Trail is a popular cycling route in the Milwaukee area. It weaves through a number of parks and includes a loop onto the acclaimed Veterans Memorial Riverwalk. This trail is well serviced with parking lots and restrooms distributed along its length. A few miles of the trail includes on-road connecting segments in designated bike lanes.

Wiouwash State Trail

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The Wiouwash State Trail is a recreational rail trail split into two segments. The North Segment runs from Eland to Hunting; the South Segment from Hortonville to Oshkosh.

The North Segment connects directly to the Mountain Bay State Trail in Eland. The majority of this trail is shaded by a leafy canopy.

The South Segment connects to the Friendship State Trail. Notable features of this segment include views of Lake Butte des Morts, a historic railroad trestle bridge over Little Lake Butte des Morts, and a route through the Rat River Wildlife Area.

Currently a 30 mile gap separates the two segments. The master plan calls for connecting the segments to seamlessly connect Oshkosh to Aniwa.

Glacial River Trail

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Part of the expansive interstate Rock River National Water Trail, the Glacial River Trail is a recreational bike and hiking route between Jefferson and Milton. Most of its miles parallel Highway 26. Expansion plans have it continuing from Jefferson to Johnson Creek and Watertown.

Kenosha and Racine County Bike Trails

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Kenosha and Racine Counties have loosely connected trails along with city trails in Racine and Kenosha on the lakefronts. The Pike Bike Trail runs through parkways along the lake shore and then turns inland to connect with the Kenosha County Trail. The Kenosha County Trail connects directly to the Racine County Trail which in turn connects directly to the Racine to Sturtevant Trail. Another disconnected Racine County Trail runs north roughly parallel to Highway 32.

Fond Du Lac Loop Bike Trails

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A number of state and county trails converge on the rail hub town of Fond Du Lac. The Wild Goose and Mascoutin State Trails reach the Fond Du Lac city limits; while the Eisenbaum, Old Plank Road, and Wiouwash trails reach the surrounding area.

The City of Fond Du Lac has been planning and creating a loop of connected trails and bike routes to bring it all together. The Loop Trail itself is made up of a number of separately identified trails.

The Harborview and Lakeview Trails create a smaller loop within Lakeside Park. The Peebles and Winnebago trails connect Lakeside Park to the town Taycheedah. The Prairie Trail brings riders back around to historic and industrial districts. From The Prairie Trail head riders can take Park Avenue or the Camelot trails on lightly trafficked streets to reach the Pioneer Road trail. Then, the Brooke Street and Riverwalk Trails connect the downtown commercial district with the Pioneer Trail and Lakeside Park.

The entire loop is approximately 17 miles and is suitable for road bikes.

Sheboygan County Interurban Trail

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The Sheboygan Interurban Trail is an extension of the Ozaukee Interurban Trail. This asphalt paved trail connects directly to the Ozaukee Interurban Trail in Belgium and continues north through Cedar Grove and Oostburg. The trail ends at Oostburg and a route continues 14 miles on lightly trafficked roads into Sheboygan.

Hudson to Lakeland Afton Trail

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The Hudson to Lakeland/Afton Trail is, unsurprisingly, a bike and recreation trail connecting Hudson WI to Lakeland and Afton MN. The trail bed is paved with asphalt and includes a protected pedestrian lane on the I94 bridge over the St. Croix river. On the Wisconsin side the trail meanders along the river banks through parkways. On the Minnesota side the trail parallels Highway 18.

Mariners Trail Manitowoc Two Rivers

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Eight miles of paved recreation trail follow close to the Lake Michigan shoreline in Manitowoc and Two Rivers. Of these miles, the portion which is squeezed in between Highway 42 and the Lake is officially titled the Mariners Trail. Additional miles of connecting trail routes are included in the map below. Portions of this trail are also designated as the Ice Age National Scenic Trail - The gold rectangle trail blazes along this trail indicate IAT routes. There are many free public parking lots, and amenities such as flush restrooms, beaches, and parks featured frequently along the Mariners trail. No fee is required for this trail.

Pine River Trail

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The Pine River Trail is a Richland County bike and recreation trail in the scenic Wisconsin Driftless Area. It follows the Pine River from Richland Center to its confluence with the Wisconsin River near Lone Rock. The trail is officially 14.3 miles linear, but additional miles of paved trails connect directly to the Pine River trail in Richland Center.

Begin at Krouskop (North Park)  in Richland Center. From there an asphalt paved trail follows on the top of a levee through Richland Center for two miles. On the southern outskirts of Richland Center the trail becomes the Pine River Trail and the pavement changes to crushed stone.

Glacial Drumlin State Trail

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The Glacial Drumlin State Trail is a bike and recreation trail stretching 54 miles between Waukesha and Cottage Grove. It crosses many streams and rivers and runs alongside picturesque lakes. It also crosses through the southern kettle moraine region - a hilly and scenic area of the state. Located in the Milwaukee to Madison corridor the majority of the state's population is close to this trail and it is well used.

Military Ridge State Trail

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The Military Ridge State Trail is a 40 mile rail trail heading west from Madison towards Dodgeville. The trail is the former rail bed of the Chicago and North Western which followed an old military road between Verona and Dodgeville in 1855.

This trail connects two state park - Blue Mounds and Governor Dodge. At Blue Mounds State Park there is a biker's campground immediately adjacent to the trail. Two shelters are available there along with water, vault toilets, and showers located within the park. Camping is available at both state parks.

The Military Ridge connects directly to the Madison bicycle trails network at a hub in Fitchburg where cyclists can continue onto the Capital City State and Badger State Trails. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail also intersects the Military Ridge Trail in Verona.

The ride from Barneveld to Mt Horeb is the most popular out-and-back day trip on the Military Ridge Trail.

Hillsboro State Trail

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The Hillsboro State Trail is a short connection between the 400 State Trail in Union Center and Hillsboro. This trail crosses the Baraboo River in the hilly driftless area of southwestern Wisconsin.

Red Cedar State Trail

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The Red Cedar State Trail is a 17 mile bike and recreation trail in northwestern WI. The trail is constructed on a retired rail bed and is paved with crushed stone. This ultra-scenic trail hugs the banks of the meandering Red Cedar River from Lake Menomin to the confluence of the Red Cedar and Chippewa Rivers. At the confluence a bridge crosses over the Chippewa and the Red Cedar Trail connects to the Chippewa River State Trail. These trails plus the Old Abe State Trail and the Duncan Creek Trail makes up an 80 mile network known as the Chippewa Valley Trail System.

Chippewa River State Trail

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Eau Claire is established at the confluence of the The Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers. The Chippewa River State Trail is a paved bike trail which follows a route along these river ways and crosses them at dramatic bridges.

Paved in asphalt and a smooth ride, this popular trail connects directly to the Red Cedar Trail and via a few miles of lightly trafficked streets to the Duncan Creek and Old Abe State Trail. The Chippewa River and Old Abe trails combine for the perfect road bike route with scenic views along the entire distance. The Chippewa River Trail also serves as a major commuter route and links UW Eau Claire to Halfmoon Lake and sites downtown.


Old Abe State Trail and Duncan Creek

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The Old Abe Trail is a paved bike trail on a retired rail bed that connects Brunet Island State Park to Lake Wissota State Park near Chippewa Falls. The 20 mile trek meanders along with the scenic Chippewa River past Old Abe Lake.

Old Abe Lake is named after the famous Old Abe Eagle which was the mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Regiment in the Civil War. A replica of Old Abe watches over the State Assembly at the Capitol in Madison (The original was lost in a fire). Old Abe was captured by the Lake Superior Chippewa near Jim Falls.

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail intersects the Old Abe State Trail at Cornell.

The Duncan Creek Trail is the municipal bike trail system in Chippewa Falls. It includes paved trails and bike lanes.