Ice Age Trail Alliance – Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter | iceagetrail.org
The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is one of only eleven such trails in the country and the only one entirely in Wisconsin, beginning at St. Croix Falls, traveling east into Langlade County, south to Walworth County, then north to end at Potawatomi State Park near Sturgeon Bay. It is a thousand-mile footpath delineating the southern edge of our most recent Ice Age 10,000 years ago — a showcase of glacial landforms in all their scenic variety.
Twenty-six miles of the trail run through Walworth County and the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest. It traverses steep hillsides and rolling prairies, meanders past kettle ponds, spring-fed streams and marshes, and through woodlands and meadows dotted with seasonal wildflowers.
The Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance is the volunteer organization that builds, protects, and maintains this trail, and promotes the IAT through recreational and educational activities.
The Chapter offers year-around weekly hikes — plus special hikes (full moon, wildflower, owl, frozen bog, fall color, etc.) on a monthly basis. All are free and open to the public. Customized hikes for corporations, organizations, and other groups can be arranged. Childrens’ programs are presented at area libraries, and outdoor exploration hikes for kids and families are offered during the warmer months. (Volunteers to assist at programs or help build and maintain the trail are always welcome!)
The majority of our activities are here in Walworth and Jefferson Counties, on the Ice Age Trail or a combination of trails in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest.
Free weekly hikes take place every Tuesday at 4 PM and Wednesday at 10:30 AM except during tornados, blizzards, and thunderstorms. Participants meet at the IAT parking area on Highway 12 (between Whitewater and La Grange); state parks sticker required. In addition, at least one special hiking activity per month is open to the public, with additional programs offered in spring and fall — the most popular seasons for hiking the trail.
Note: The IAT is available and accessible all year, though the area surrounding the trail is open to hunting during deer season.
Ice Age Trail events can offer an introduction to hiking and/or the trails themselves, identify and explain flora and fauna seen along the way, and provide an opportunity to share the experience with like-minded people of all ages. As an added benefit, it’s good exercise on a beautiful trail!
Walworth/Jefferson Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance
Andy Whitney, Chapter Coordinator, 262-949-0286
Ellen Davis, Public Relations 262-740-1113
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