Hiking the Ice Age Trail Waupaca River Segment

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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 and Trail Map





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


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


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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