Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Wisconsin with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Highly recommend if you’re into trail running because it offers good elevation gain! If you park on Hwy 54 you can run the Ice Age Trail to 2nd Ave then do the small loop section and head back, it’s 20 miles round trip. It’s brutal but fun!

I did this trail yesterday but cut in on the Upland Trail loop and stayed inside of hwy 113 it was about 10+ miles. I'm glad I started at park headquarters and did the bluffs first. it took me 4 hours or so. just an fyi parts of it are on park roads

Scuppernog trail is one of my faves! so many different loops to choose from and multiple scenic overlook points. beautiful place!

Enjoyed this on a hot day. Trail includes lots of shade and a few benches to rest. Nice that you can pick up and complete all or just portions of the trail.

The topo information listed here is incorrect. *Definitely* not a 65 mile trail - maybe 3 miles total, and only a few hills with a gradual climb, no steep hills. The only strenuous climb would be the observation tower. This is an easy hike, great for kids. Dogs are allowed if leashed.
Be aware that there are no restrooms available when the nature center is closed, which means all weekend.
We went on a spring day when it had rained a ton, so it was muddy but still a great walk. We saw more birds than expected - robins, a zillion redwing blackbirds, lots of swallows and even a bittern on the pond. The lookout tower is a great spot. If a bathroom and water had been available, this would have been a five-star family walk.

Easy trail. Nothing to it. A few places of elevation but after awhile you don’t even notice. I hiked the entire loop trail in about an hour and a half or less. Appropriate for jogging.

easy going trail not far from the city. easy to navigate and get some sunshine

A nice short walk with kids. Nice but not overwhelming variety of scenery.

Beautiful trail with a bit more challenge than most of the trails in Wisconsin. Decent distance as well. This is a similar hike, in difficulty and terrain, to the Devil’s Lake to Parfrey’s Glen hikes, which is one of my favorites. The only downside is that many use the trail with their dogs and ignore the signage requiring pets be on-leash.

Little sloppy this time of the year.

This is one of my favorite trails. Rolling hills, great prairie views, wooded areas. Super mix for trial hiking or running.

5 months ago

Easy trail. Beautiful with the snow.

5 months ago

Awesome views

New path to the tower; nice views and family friendly

easy family hike

trail running
6 months ago

This is a well marked but essentially road running route through town. Almost no trail. Just city streets.

This is my go to trail when it’s hot. Almost entirely shaded and flat. Has a secluded beauty to it.

Janesville main bike path but rarely crowded. Nice views along greenbelt and forested areas. Mostly flat.

Went in October, super colorful in the fall. Was hard to find parking for trail. You have to park at the Holy Hill Church. Most of the trail has trail markers, not all parts of the trail though.

hiking
8 months ago

Love this trail! Challenging to do entire 15+ miles and also great trail for day hikes out and back from either Luna Whitedeer trailhead or Franklin nature trail.

Awesome hike, did it this past weekend in about 25 hours. The to climbs are not to be underrated, but are doable. There are lots of scenic bluffs which are awesome to take a look at. We had a great time hiking this and would definitely recommend it.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful dirt trail. Cool part passes through a corn field.

Excellent hike. Went with my chesapeake bay retrieve. beautiful day for a hike.

Some nice big kettles on the US 12 side of the hike. will be great in those as the leaves turn. long views of the land below. trail generally takes the high line. nice on either end with elevation and more challenging trail. flat and wide in the middle.

hiking
9 months ago

One of our favorite ice age trail segments. Bugs are no problem now, Sept. 18, and not much rain recently.

Most beautiful trail! Two sections of the trail underwater.

Parked on Hwy 167 and took the yellow trail on the south side of the road. This is an easy trail. There is a steep climb to an optional lookout. We couldn't see anything due the tree coverage. It may be much more scenic when the leaves drop in the fall. The trail was narrow and heavily wooded and there were numerous other hikers on the trails. You could hear cars throughout a good portion of the trail and at 12:00 pm, the Basilica rang bells, which was neat. It wasn't my favorite trail of the summer but if you are looking for a nice easy walk, this is a great place for that.

9 months ago

Very nice but not so easy.

9 months ago

Very nice but not so easy.

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