Hiking in Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s glacial history features prominently in many of the hikes available in the state. It is so prominent, in fact, that it inspired the Ice Age Trail, a series of interconnected hiking trails that bisect the state in a wavy path that follows topographical features created by the advance of the last glacier.

The southwest corner of the state, known as the Driftless Area, was not scoured by glaciers during the most recent period of glaciation, and as such, it has some of the most hilly topography in the state. Popular hiking destinations include Devil’s Lake state park in the Baraboo Hills region and Wyalusing State Park with its dramatic views overlooking the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. In the southeastern corner of the state, in between the Milwaukee and Madison metropolitan areas, you will find the Kettle Moraine State Forest, named after two glacial features common to the area. The very middle of the state is home to sandy plains formed from outwash from melting glaciers, and the inspiration for Aldo Leopold’s “A Sand County Almanac”.

The northern half of the state is dominated by forests, protected by numerous state and national forests as well as state parks. There are countless miles of established hiking trails to follow, or if you are adventurous, you can grab a map of old logging trails and strike out on less-traveled paths.
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Ice Age Trail:Holy Hill
Ice Age Trail:Holy Hill
Holy Hill, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 6.8 miles, Half day
Follow the Ice Age trail around the scenic Holy Hill and enjoy panoramic views atop a 1,350 ft. kame.

The Ice Age Trail circles the historic and scenic Holy Hill perched atop a 1,350 ft kame. Over 300,000 visitors a year come to Holy Hill to see the fully restored Basillica and enjoy the panoramic views from it's spires. This complete and detailed guide covers the Holy Hill segment of the Ice Age Trail and all it's access points, trailheads, parking,...
Ice Age Trail: Eagle
Ice Age Trail: Eagle
Eagle, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 5.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Follow the Ice Age Trail over expansive spring fed prairies and past exposed Niagara Escarpment from STH-67 to STH-59.

The Eagle segment of the Ice Age trail is in the southern unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and features and expansive prairie, a scenic vista, and an exposed portion of the NIagara Escarpment-usually hidden underground. Wildlife, flora, and fauna all abound as the generally flat trail crosses the prairie. This complete and detailed guide covers...
Ice Age Trail: Monches
Ice Age Trail: Monches
Monches, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 2.7 miles, 1-3 hours
Follow the Ice Age Trail through a beautiful hardwood forest, along the clear Oconomowoc River and over a bubbling brook

The Ice Age Trail travels through the hardwoods of the Carl Schurz forest, along the clear Oconomowoc River, and over a brook bubbling over tumbled boulders. This complete and detailed guide covers the Monches segment of the Ice Age Trail and all it's access points, trailheads, parking, connecting trails, communities, parks, preserves, and facilities....
Ice Age Trail:Lapham Peak
Ice Age Trail:Lapham Peak
Delafield, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 6.9 miles, 1-3 hours
Follow the Ice Age Trail through prairies and woods from Cushing Park Drive to the UW-Waukesha Field Station.

The Ice Age Trail is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting the remnants left behind by glaciers during the last ice age over 12,000 years ago. Designated as a National Scenic Trail, the Ice Age trail follows the terminal moraine of the last glaciation throughout Wisconsin providing some of the world's best examples of glacial formations such as kettles,...
Ice Age Trail: Whitewater Lake
Ice Age Trail: Whitewater Lake
Whitewater, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 3.4 miles, 1-3 hours
Follow the Ice Age trail through two state natural areas from HWY 12 to Clover Valley Road near Whitewater Lake.

The Ice Age Trail is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting the remnants left behind by glaciers during the last ice age over 12,000 years ago. Designated as a National Scenic Trail, the Ice Age trail follows the terminal moraine of the last glaciation throughout Wisconsin providing some of the world's best examples of glacial formations such as kettles,...
Ice Age Trail: Stoney Ridge
Ice Age Trail: Stoney Ridge
Eagle, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 3.1 miles, 1-3 hours
Follow the Ice Age Trail past kettles, over moraines, and through prairies from HWY 59 to CTH Z

The Ice Age Trail is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting the remnants left behind by glaciers during the last ice age over 12,000 years ago. Designated as a National Scenic Trail, the Ice Age trail follows the terminal moraine of the last glaciation throughout Wisconsin providing some of the world's best examples of glacial formations such as kettles,...
Ice Age Trail: Scuppernong
Ice Age Trail: Scuppernong
Ottawa, Wisconsin, United States
 
Moderate: 5.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Follow the Ice Age trail up and down over rugged kettles of hardwood forest from CTH-C to STH-67.

The Scuppernong segment of the Ice Age trail hikes up and down over kettles of hardwood in the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit. It features cool forests, rugged kettles, panoramic views, natural springs, and multiple on trail camping options-including a hike-in backpacking shelter. Wildlife, flora, and fauna all abound as the trail winds,...
Ice Age Trail: Hartland
Ice Age Trail: Hartland
Hartland, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 6.9 miles, 1-3 hours
Follow the Ice Age Trail along the crystal clear Bark River as it cuts through the city and parks of Hartland.

Follow the Ice Age Trail through the many parks of downtown Hartland, WI. This section features mostly paved trail connecting the Bark River Greenway and many parks through Hartland, WI. It features the Wisconsin Conservationists' Hall of Fame-three commemorative sites to Wisconsin's famous conservationists. This complete and detailed guide covers...
Ice Age Trail: Blackhawk
Ice Age Trail: Blackhawk
Palmyra, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 6.9 miles, 1-3 hours
Follow the Ice Age Trail past a historic cabin and a quiet lake from Young Road to HWY 12 in the Kettle Moraine.

The Ice Age Trail is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting the remnants left behind by glaciers during the last ice age over 12,000 years ago. Designated as a National Scenic Trail, the Ice Age trail follows the terminal moraine of the last glaciation throughout Wisconsin providing some of the world's best examples of glacial formations such as kettles,...
White River State Trail
White River State Trail
Burlington, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 11.4 miles, 1-3 hours
Easy former rail line trail from Elkhorn to Burlington, WI through beautiful glacial plains landscape.

The White River Trail is a beautiful, flat, easy, 12-mile trail former SOO rail line passing by numerous bridges, scenic vistas, quaint towns, farmlands, and wetlands through Wisconsin's Southeast Glacial Plains landscape. The trail connects Elkhorn, WI at the west end to Burlington, WI to the east while traveling through Springfield and Lyons. This...
Ice Age Trail: Blue Spring
Ice Age Trail: Blue Spring
Palmyra, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 7.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Follow the Ice Age Trail over rugged glacial terrain to a scenic vista between CTH Z and Young Road.

Hike amongst world class glaciation features formed by mile high glaciers over 12,000 years ago. The Ice Age trail is a National Scenic Trail that follows the terminal moraine left by the last glaciation over 1,200 miles through Wisconsin. The Blue Spring segment of the Ice Age Trail clambers over rugged terrain from CTH Z, where it connects to the...
Ice Age Trail:Delafield
Ice Age Trail:Delafield
Delafield, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 3.3 miles, 1-3 hours
Follow the Ice Age Trail through Delafield from STH-83 to Lapham Peak State Park on N Cushing Park Road.

The Ice Age Trail is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting the remnants left behind by glaciers during the last ice age over 12,000 years ago. Designated as a National Scenic Trail, the Ice Age trail follows the terminal moraine of the last glaciation throughout Wisconsin providing some of the world's best examples of glacial formations such as kettles,...
Ice Age Trail: Loew Lake
Ice Age Trail: Loew Lake
Monches, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 5.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Follow the Ice Age Trail along the Oconomowoc River through a wildlife filled valley from Emerald Drive to CTH-K.

The Ice Age Trail travels through a beautiful valley that once served as an anceint spillway. There is ample wildlife, scenic vistas, and serenity for a lovely hike down the valley which also serves the Onconomowoc River. This complete and detailed guide covers the Loew Lake segment of the Ice Age Trail and all it's access points, trailheads, parking,...
Ice Age Trail:Pike Lake
Ice Age Trail:Pike Lake
Hartford, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 3.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Follow the Ice Age Trail through the Pike Lake Unit and enjoy views from the second highest point in SE Wisconsin.

The Ice Age Trail travels through the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Pike Lake Unit, which offers a spectacular viewpoint from a 60 foot tower atop the second highest point in SE Wisconsin-Powder Hill. This complete and detailed guide covers the Pike Lake segment of the Ice Age Trail and all it's access points, trailheads, parking, connecting trails,...
Ice Age Trail:Washington County Milwaukee River
Ice Age Trail:Washington County Milwaukee River
Kewaskum, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 9.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Enjoy the trailside kettles and deep forest along the Ice Age Trail from the New Fane Trail Area to the Eisenbahn Trail.

Follow the Ice Age Trail through the southern end of the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit. You'll be able to enjoy countless kettles right from the trail as you meander through forest and meadow. This complete and detailed guide covers the Washington County Milwaukee River segment of the Ice Age Trail and all it's access points, trailheads,...
Ice Age Trail: Merton
Ice Age Trail: Merton
Merton, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 5.8 miles, 1-3 hours
Follow the Ice Age Trail through Merton over short woods sections, the old Kettle Moraine Railway, and over roads.

The Ice Age Trail travels through the Merton area through shorts woods sections, the old Kettle Moraine Railway, and over roads. This complete and detailed guide covers the Merton segment of the Ice Age Trail and all it's access points, trailheads, parking, connecting trails, communities, parks, preserves, and facilities. This guide contains over...
Ice Age Trail:Waterville
Ice Age Trail:Waterville
Waterville, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 3.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Follow the Ice Age trail into the woods as it leaves the Glacial Drumlin Trail and connects to CTH-D.

The Ice Age Trail is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting the remnants left behind by glaciers during the last ice age over 12,000 years ago. Designated as a National Scenic Trail, the Ice Age trail follows the terminal moraine of the last glaciation throughout Wisconsin providing some of the world's best examples of glacial formations such as kettles,...
Chiwaukee Prairie Ramble
Chiwaukee Prairie Ramble
Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 21 miles, Half day
Escape during a rural tour of Pleasant Prairie, WI.

Originally inhabited by pre-pioneer indians, this area offers something besides it's proximity to Chicago and Milwaukee. The settlers that followed found tranquil living in the prairies along the Lake Michigan shoreline. This area became known as Chiwaukee, due to it's equal distance between Chicago and Milwaukee, before it became the Village of Pleasant...
Kenosha County Bike Trail
Kenosha County Bike Trail
Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 7.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Converted rail bed offers a flat, traffic free path to connect Kenosha to communities to the North and South.

The Kenosha County Bike Trail follows the old North Shore railbed North-South through Kenosha County. There are two separate segments on either the north or south side of the city of Kenosha.The sections can be bridged with the separate Pike Bike Trail through Kenosha along the lakefront creating a seamless trail through Kenosha county. This detailed,...
Ice Age Trail:West Bend
Ice Age Trail:West Bend
West Bend, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 5.9 miles, 1-3 hours
Escape to this rugged, full featured, and convenient section of the Ice Age Trail from CTH-D to Paradise Drive.

The West Bend segment of the Ice Age National Scenic trail travels through West Bend, WI. Although conveniently located right in West Bend, this rugged, forested landscape will make you feel much further away. This complete and detailed guide covers the West Bend segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and all it's access points, trailheads,...
Ice Age Trail:Kewaskum
Ice Age Trail:Kewaskum
Kewaskum, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 5.7 miles, 1-3 hours
Follow the Ice Age National Scenic trail from CTH-H, over the Eisenbahn State Trail and scenic highlands to CTH-D.

The Kewaskum segment of the Ice Age National Scenic trail travels through the area just south of Kewaskum, WI, connecting the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern unit with the West Bend segment of the Ice Age Trail. It includes part of the Eisenbahn State Trail and some scenic highlands. This complete and detailed guide covers the Kewausum segment...
Ice Age Trail:Cedar Lakes
Ice Age Trail:Cedar Lakes
Slinger, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 2.8 miles, 1-3 hours
Follow the Ice Age Trail through Wisconsin's second largest cluster of kames between CTH-NN and Cedar Creek Road.

Follow the Ice Age Trail travels through Wisconsin's second largest cluster of kames, some standing 100ft above the trail. This is a very popular trail and for good reason. The environment between the kames is majestic. The addition of a separate loop trail provides day hikers an alternate route back to their car. This complete and detailed guide...
Pike Bike Trail
Pike Bike Trail
Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 10.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Scenic trail through Kenosha's lakefront connecting both segments of the Kenosha County Bike Trail.

A scenic route through Kenosha's lakefront conveniently connecting both North and South segments of the Kenosha County Bicycle Trail. You'll roll through three National Register Historic Districts and ten different parks on the shores of Lake Michigan, mostly on off road paved bike paths. This detailed, location aware, mobile guide gives you everything...
Discover Kenosha
Discover Kenosha
Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 15.4 miles, 1-3 hours
Hike or bike ten parks and three historical districts or just a few with this flexible tour of Kenosha's lakefront.

Originally known as Pike, and later Southport, Kenosha officially gained it's name in 1850. Kenosha, Wisconsin's fourth largest city, is midway between Chicago and Milwaukee on Lake Michigan. Early city planners did well to ensure the city created it's share of green space as Kenosha has 14 parks. This guide will take you through ten parks-eight...
Ice Age Trail:Slinger
Ice Age Trail:Slinger
Slinger, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 1.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Follow the Ice Age National Scenic Trail through Slinger, WI from Cedar Creek Road to STH-60 & CTH-CC.

The Ice Age Trail travels through the quaint town of Slinger, connecting the Cedar Lakes and Pike Lake segements of the Ice Age Trail. This complete and detailed guide covers the Slinger segment of the Ice Age Trail and all it's access points, trailheads, parking, connecting trails, communities, parks, preserves, and facilities. The Ice Age Trail...
Ice Age Trail:Clover Valley
Ice Age Trail:Clover Valley
Whitewater, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 1.6 miles, 1 hour or less
Follow the Ice Age Trail through an old wetland in the Clover Valley State Wildlife Area.

The Ice Age Trail travels through the Clover Valley State Wildlife Area-and old wetland with restoration plans. Currently it is home a few examples of native prairie flowers. This complete and detailed guide covers the Clover Valley segment of the Ice Age Trail and all it's access points, trailheads, parking, connecting trails, communities, parks,...
Ice Age Trail: Whitewater Lake-Clover Valley Connection
Ice Age Trail: Whitewater Lake-Clover Valley Connection
Whitewater, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 4.8 miles, 1-3 hours
On-road connecting route between the Whitewater Lake and Clover Valley segments of the Ice Age Trail.

The Ice Age Trail is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting the remnants left behind by glaciers during the last ice age over 12,000 years ago. Designated as a National Scenic Trail, the Ice Age trail follows the terminal moraine of the last glaciation throughout Wisconsin providing some of the world's best examples of glacial formations such as kettles,...
Ice Age Trail:Storrs Lake
Ice Age Trail:Storrs Lake
Milton, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 2.0 miles, 1 hour or less
Follow the Ice Age National Scenic Trail through the Storrs Lake Wildlife Area from Bowers Lake Road to Storrs Lake Road

The Storrs Lake segment of the Ice Age National Scenic trail travels through the 950-acre Storrs Lake State Wildlife Area filled with old oak rimmed lakes and aboundant wildlife. This complete and detailed guide covers the Storrs Lake segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and all it's access points, trailheads, parking, connecting trails,...
Ice Age Trail: Arbor Ridge
Ice Age Trail: Arbor Ridge
Janesville, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 2.0 miles, 1 hour or less
Follow the Ice Age Trail from Riverside Park through the Robert O. Cook Memorial Arboretum.

The Arbor Ridge segment of the Ice Age Trail follows a wooded footpath from Riverside Park through the Robert O. Cook Memorial Arboretum. This complete and detailed guide covers the Arbor Ridge segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and all it's access points, trailheads, parking, connecting trails, communities, parks, preserves, and facilities. The...
Ice Age Trail: Janesville
Ice Age Trail: Janesville
Janesville, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 8.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Follow the southernmost segment of the Ice Age Trail through Janesville from Rotamer Road to Riverside Park.

The Janesville segment of the Ice Age Trail follows on a paved path through Janesville from Rotamer Road, along the Rock River, to Riverside Park. This complete and detailed guide covers the Janesville segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and all it's access points, trailheads, parking, connecting trails, communities, parks, preserves, and...
Ice Age Trail: Devil's Staircase
Ice Age Trail: Devil's Staircase
Janesville, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 1.8 miles, 1 hour or less
Follow the Ice Age Trail alongside the Rock River bluffs from Janesville to Washington Street.

The Devil's Staircase segment of the Ice Age Trail ascends the bluffs alongside the Rock River in Riverside Park. This complete and detailed guide covers the Devil's Staircase segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and all it's access points, trailheads, parking, connecting trails, communities, parks, preserves, and facilities. The Ice...
Ice Age Trail: Milton
Ice Age Trail: Milton
Milton, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 4.4 miles, 1-3 hours
Follow the Ice Age Trail where it intersects with the Underground Railroad in historic Milton,WI.

The Milton segment of the Ice Age National Scenic trail travels through the town of Milton, home to the one of twelve National Underground Railroad Historic Landmarks-the Milton House. This complete and detailed guide covers the Milton segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and all it's access points, trailheads, parking, connecting trails,...
Ice Age Trail: Janesville to Milton
Ice Age Trail: Janesville to Milton
Milton Junction, Wisconsin, United States
 
Easy: 3.3 miles, 1-3 hours
Follow the Ice Age Trail over a converted railway under a canopy of trees from Monague Road to Kennedy Road.

The Janesville to Milton segment of the Ice Age Trail follows a converted raildway from Milton to Janesville under a canopy of trees. This complete and detailed guide covers the Janesville to Milton segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and all it's access points, trailheads, parking, connecting trails, communities, parks, preserves, and...