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.






Historic Milton House on the Ice Age National Trail Milton Segment
Historic Milton House on the Ice Age National Trail Milton Segment
Along this short section of the IAT the hike is an easy saunter on the sidewalks of leafy green streets of quiet Milton. The trail passes through many town parks where there is ample parking, restrooms, and water available. There is also the opportunity for through hikers to stop and do a load of laundry or get a bite to eat in a cafe.

There are also several notable historic sites in Milton. The Milton College, or Milton Academy, was one of the State's oldest and its longest running college. It was known for its excellent music program. Today you can step inside one of the stately college buildings and browse an antiques mall.

Further down the trail hikers will pass the Milton House. The Milton house was a stagecoach inn established by Joseph Goodrich, the founder of Milton. It also served as a stop on the underground railroad. A secret tunnel connects underground between the inn and a log cabin in the back yard which was used for hiding former slaves fleeing north to Canada. Hikers can stop in and take a tour of the Milton House and museum for about $8.

The trail finishes at the intersection with the Storrs Lake Segment which was a historic encampment for the American forces pursuing Chief Blackhawk. Among the notable people who spent time in this camp was a young Abraham Lincoln.

Milton College on the Ice Age National Trail Milton Segment
Milton College on the Ice Age National Trail Milton Segment


ICE AGE NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL - MILTON SEGMENT

COUNTY: Rock
COMMUNITIES: Milton
TOTAL MILES: 4.22
DIFFICULTY: Very Easy
NEXT IAT SEGMENT EASTBOUND: Storrs Lake Segment
NEXT IAT SEGMENT WESTBOUND: Janesville to Milton Segment
POINTS OF INTEREST: Milton College, Milton House, Storrs Lake, Central Park, Veterans Park, Goodrich Park

DIRECTIONS AND TRAIL MAP

Address for your GPS: 3906 East Vincent Street, Milton, WI 53563
| coordinates: 42.773263, -88.969493 |

From Milwaukee1 Hour 15 minutes
From Madison40 Minutes
From Green Bay2.5 Hours
From Wausau2.5 Hours
From Minneapolis4.5 Hours
From Chicago2 Hours




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Ice Age National Trail Milton Segment
Ice Age National Trail Milton Segment

Ice Age National Trail Milton Segment
Ice Age National Trail Milton Segment


Ice Age National Trail Milton Segment
Ice Age National Trail Milton Segment

Ice Age National Trail Milton Segment
Ice Age National Trail Milton Segment


LINKS

Ice Age National Trail Alliance

Ice Age National Trail - National Parks Service

Milton House


Milton College



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ICE AGE NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL
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