Ice Age National Scenic Trail


A mere 15,000 years ago during the Ice Age, much of North America lay under a huge glacier. Mammoths, saber tooth cats and cave lions roamed the earth! Some of the best evidence of this glacier is found in Wisconsin such as the state’s many lakes, river valleys, gently rolling hills, and ridges. The nearly 1,200 mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail, established in 1980, traces the glacier.



Seasonality / Weather

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is open year round. However some segments may be closed during Wisconsin's November 9-day gun deer hunting season. Hikers are advised to wear blaze orange when hiking in areas that allow hunting. The operating hours for the National Park Service office located at 700 Rayovac Drive, Suite 100 in Madison are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays.



The Ice Age National Scenic Trail stretches nearly 1,200 miles across Wisconsin. Its western end is located in Interstate State Park on the St. Croix River in Polk County. The eastern end is located in Potawatomi State Park on Green Bay in Door County. Numerous trailheads with parking are located throughout the state.

Public Transport: 

Selected points on or near the Ice Age National Scenic Trail are accessible by public transportation. These are typically located in and around metropolitan areas.