Hiking the Ice Age Tail Verona Segment

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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.



Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment
Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment

The Verona segment traditionally begins at the end of the Madison segment on county highway PD at a small parking lot. Immediately the hike crosses over a hill featuring restored prairie and long views towards Verona. The walk continues downhill, through a wooded area and again through prairies to a soccer park.

Prairie walking continues across Cross County RD. A steep hill rises towards a water tower. Descending the other side of the hill you'll come across the disperse camping area at Badger Prairie Park. The trail joins a paved bike trail and passes under Verona road through a tunnel. The trail route then turns onto the Military Ridge State Trail for a short while before turning off into a greenway alongside Badger Mill Creek. A boardwalk crosses over marshy area and there is a short walk through woodlands.

After crossing over Highway 18 the trail skirts the edges of some agricultural fields. There is final hill climb before descending into a dog park at Prairie Moraine County Park.

The Verona Segment's miles are mostly exposed and beautiful on a sunny day. Applying sun lotion is a good idea before this hike. The route of this trail manages to stay clear of housing and commercial developments in this booming and expanding metro area. Great care was taken to preserve wide natural areas along the line of this trail. Everyone from bird watchers to joggers will love this wide mowed grass trail. But, as far as hiking, it is still far from a wilderness experience. The sound of rushing traffic is always present.


Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment
Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment

Ice Age National Scenic Trail - Verona Segment


COUNTY: Dane
COMMUNITIES: Verona
TOTAL MILES: 6.3
DIFFICULTY: Easy

NEXT IAT SEGMENT EASTBOUND: Montrose Segment
NEXT IAT SEGMENT WESTBOUND: Madison Segment

CAMPING: Disperse Camping Area in Badger Prairie County Park

LODGING: Super 8 Verona




Directions and Trail Map



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Address for your GPS: 7574 McKee Road, Madison, WI 53719
| coordinates: 43.015434, -89.520003 |

From Milwaukee1.5 Hours
From Madison5 minutes
From Green Bay2.5 Hours
From Wausau2.5 Hours
From Minneapolis6.5 Hours
From Chicago2.5 Hours



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Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment
Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment

Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment
Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment

Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment
Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment

Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment
Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment

Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment
Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment

Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment
Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment

Disperse Camping at Badger Prairie Park - nearby water and restrooms
Disperse Camping at Badger Prairie Park - nearby water and restrooms

Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment
Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment

Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment
Along the Ice Age Trail Verona Segment





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