Hiking the Ice Age Trail Kewaunee River Segment

Ice Age Trail Kewaunee River Segment

The Kewaunee River Segment is an 11.7 mile length of the Ice Age National Trail. It follows a leg of the Ahnapee State Bike Trail from Kewaunee to Casco - almost always within view of the Kewaunee River. There are many sites and attractions along the way. The trail is also well serviced with campgrounds, hotels, and parking lots. 

Worlds Tallest Grandfather Clock in Kewaunee WI
Worlds Tallest Grandfather Clock in Kewaunee WI

One of the wonders of the world greets hikers and bikers getting started on the Ahnapee State Trail in Kewaunee - The World's Tallest Grandfather Clock made by the Svoboda Industries Corp. The clock stands facing Lake Michigan and the Port of Kewaunee from a picnic shelter and trailhead of the Ahnapee State Trail. The clock was built to celebrate the 1976  bicentennial. It features three faces: morning, day, and night.

Across Highway 42 is a charming historic grand hotel, formerly the Karsten Hotel and now known as the Kewaunee Inn. You'll want to stay here if you are visiting to hike the Kewaunee Segment from far away - and ask for room 205. The hotel is a famous haunt for 3 ghosts whose disembodied voices have been recorded on EVP.

If you're not staying the night in a haunted room at the hotel you should at least stop by for an after hike drink and dinner. The bar and restaurant are richly decorated in turn of the century style with hand crafted stained glass lighting built into finely detailed wood moldings. It's a throwback to an era when Kewaunee was an important lumber shipping town bustling with wealthy lumber barons.

From Kewaunee the Ahnapee State Trail curves along with the Kewaunee River and crosses restored trestle bridges. The quiet and shallow Kewaunee River is a lake salmon spawning river and a fish hatchery sits alongside the river where young salmon are imprinted with the Kewaunee River water.

Nearby the hatchery is Bruemer Park and Zoo. This is a great place to stop and relax along your hike or bike ride. You'll be able to refill with water here and enjoy a picnic beneath shade trees. The Zoo features many animals ranging from goats to lynx.

The Ice Age Trail portion of the Ahnapee State Trail finishes out at Maple Sugar Road near the Scarboro Creek crossing. The next trail heading westbound is the Tisch Mills Segment. Heading Eastbound, the Forestville Segment also follows the Ahanapee State Trail beginning in Algoma and heading north towards Sturgeon Bay.

Ice Age Trail Kewaunee River Segment
Ice Age Trail Kewaunee River Segment

Ice Age National Scenic Trail - Kewaunee River Segment

COUNTY: Kewaunee
COMMUNITIES: Kewaunee, Ryans Corners, Casco, Luxemburg

TOTAL MILES: 11.7 miles linear


CAMPING: Kewaunee RV Campgournd, Cedar Valley Campgrounds

LODGING: Harbor Lights Lodge, Karsten Hotel,

POINTS OF INTEREST: Kewaunee River, Lake Michigan, World's Tallest Grandfather Clock, Bruemmer Park Zoo, Ahnapee State Trail, CD Buzz Besadny State Fish and Wildlife Area, Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility

Directions and Trail Map

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Address for your GPS:  Co Rd C Casco, WI 54205
| coordinates: 44.517852, -87.608067 |

From Milwaukee2 Hours
From Madison3 Hours
From Green Bay1/2 Hour
From Wausau2 Hours
From Minneapolis4.5 Hours
From Chicago3.5 Hours


Kewaunee River along the Ice Age Trail Kewaunee Segment
Kewaunee River along the Ice Age Trail Kewaunee Segment

Ice Age Trail Kewaunee River Segment
Ice Age Trail Kewaunee River Segment