We recently vacationed in WI & our first stop was just half a mile from a trail head. Spent over 28 miles on the trail while there & loved it! We did the Hartman & Eammon creek sections, plus the Mecan River section. So beautiful & a lonely variety of terrain! Planning a section hike for 10 days on it next year!
As a kid I always enjoyed when my parents took me hiking here. The trails are super long, but that doesn't mean you have to go for a long hike, you can always turn around. There's also a nature center where you can learn about, and interact with, animals. You can even use the center's nets to catch bugs and then feed them to the fish.
Syd S. on Ice Age Trail to Lapham Peak
This is one of my most favorite trails I've been hiking and camping along it whole entire life
We have hiked several sections of the Ice Age Trail, with the Traihead 1 1/2 miles West of LaGrange General Store/BackYard Bikes, being the main focal point.
Best terrain variety is going South on trail, to where it dead ends at prox 4.25 miles. Go left, and then along the North shore of Rice lake until Cnty Rd P. North on P will soon intersect with the Trail back. North on Hi-Lo Rd also works, and gets you back to Ice Age Trail sooner.
Prox 9 mile loop with some excellent deep woods and high bluff views.
Note: This section should have it's own trail designation.
There are hundreds of trail heads for the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Wisconsin, one is right down the street from my house. The section that I hiked recently was the trail head near Verona, WI near Badger Prairie County Park. The section near Badger Prairie is mostly mowed grass trails winding through tall prairie fields up moderate hills overlooking the city of Verona where you can see for several miles. I continued further south across Verona Ave on County Rd PB where Military Ridge State Park Trail crosses. I hiked through this area for a few miles before heading back in the other direction towards my car.
Although this trail area is not very remote and is right on the edge of a city, the wildlife is well preserved and there are vast areas of uninhabited prairie with tall grass all around. In August it was very colorful and had very diverse plant life all around. I am anxious to hike this again during the winter months to see what it is like then.