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Ice Age

National Scenic Trail - Wisconsin

The Ice Age Trail is a National Scenic Trail stretching 1,200 miles (1,900 km) in the state of Wisconsin. The trail roughly follows the location of the terminal moraine from the last Ice Age. As the route traverses the moraine, it sometimes meanders into areas west of the moraine, including the Driftless Area in southwestern Wisconsin. The trail passes through 30 of Wisconsin's 72 counties, from the northwestern part of the state to the Lake Michigan shoreline in the east. The western end of the trail is at Interstate State Park along the St. Croix River, which is the border between northwestern Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. The eastern terminus of the Ice Age Trail lies at Potawatomi State Park, along Wisconsin's Door Peninsula off of Sturgeon Bay.

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Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Park Units

Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Park Units and Regions

Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Heritage Areas

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

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Thousand-Miler Map and Checklist for Ice Age National Scenic Trail (NST) in Wisconsin. Published by the Ice Age Trail Alliance.Ice Age Trail - Thousand-Miler Map and Checklist

Thousand-Miler Map and Checklist for Ice Age National Scenic Trail (NST) in Wisconsin. Published by the Ice Age Trail Alliance.

https://www.nps.gov/iatr/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Age_Trail The Ice Age Trail is a National Scenic Trail stretching 1,200 miles (1,900 km) in the state of Wisconsin. The trail roughly follows the location of the terminal moraine from the last Ice Age. As the route traverses the moraine, it sometimes meanders into areas west of the moraine, including the Driftless Area in southwestern Wisconsin. The trail passes through 30 of Wisconsin's 72 counties, from the northwestern part of the state to the Lake Michigan shoreline in the east. The western end of the trail is at Interstate State Park along the St. Croix River, which is the border between northwestern Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. The eastern terminus of the Ice Age Trail lies at Potawatomi State Park, along Wisconsin's Door Peninsula off of Sturgeon Bay. 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's edge. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail stretches nearly 1,200 miles across Wisconsin. Plane Commercial airports are located in major cities and regional communities throughout the state at varying distances from the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Car Numerous trailheads with parking are located throughout the state. Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area Situated along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, the Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area offers unspoiled beauty with kettle lakes and many glacial features. Hiking, snowshoeing, backpack camping, fishing and bird watching are popular activities. The David R. Obey Ice Age Interpretive Center houses first-class glacial, cultural and natural history displays. Devils Lake State Park Situated along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Devil's Lake State Park offers magnificent views from 500-foot quartzite bluffs overlooking a 360-acre lake. Visitors enjoy nearly 30 miles of hiking trails, lakeshore picnic areas, swimming beaches, paddling opportunities, and year-round naturalist programs. Interstate State Park Visitor Center Interstate is Wisconsin's oldest state park, established in 1900. Located along the picturesque St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, the park provides scenic views of the river and the steep-sided gorge known as the Dalles of the St. Croix. The Ice Age Interpretive Center features a film, photographs, murals and information about Wisconsin's glacial history. Kettle Moraine State Forest Visitor Center The first and largest unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest offers year-round recreation among world-famous glacial landforms. Visitors can swim at three beaches, enjoy challenging mountain biking trails or groomed ski trails, hike the Ice Age Trail, take in a nature program, or just escape among 30,000 acres of rolling, wooded hills and prairies. The Ice Age Visitor Center is open all year. The forest has over 350 campsites, including family, group, equestrian and backpack opportunities. St. Croix National Scenic Riverway The Ice Age National Scenic Trail passes through the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway north of St. Croix Falls. Camping Opportunities There are camping opportunities, both public and private, along much of the 1200-mile route of the trail. Additional information and a map of locations is available through the Ice Age Trail Alliance. Volunteers build a boardwalk at Straight Lake State Park volunteers build a boardwalk Volunteers work to construct a boardwalk at Straight Lake State Park using only hand tools. skunk and foster New trail takes hikers into the forest Newly consstructed trail in the Skunk and Foster State Wildlife Area invites kikers to explore the forest. Lake Michigan For a short time, the trail follows a beach along the Lake Michigan Shore. The trail takes hikers to the beach to enjoy the state's largest glacial feature- Lake Michigan! gibralter Rock expansive view as seen from atop Gibraltar Rock The view extends for many miles from atop Gibraltar Rock. riverland A boardwalks stretched accross conservancy lands. A group of school children explore the trail in Sauk County. 2014 Recipients: George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service Discover the inspirational stories and amazing dedication of volunteers honored with the 2014 Hartzog Award. Volunteer Thelma Johnson standing with her cooking equipment 2011 Recipients: George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service Meet the six winner of the 2011 Hartzog Awards, which celebrates the amazing contributions of volunteers to our national parks. Youth volunteer 2017 Recipients: George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service Meet the recipients of the 2017 George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service. These award recipients are recognized for their exceptional dedication and service to parks and programs. Boy outside holding a tool onto a wooden post. 2020 George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service Each year nearly 300,000 volunteers across the National Park Service (NPS) donate more than 6.5 million hours of service, for a value of more than $185 million. Through their extraordinary work and dedication, these volunteers make an exceptional contribution to their parks and communities. We are pleased to congratulate the national recipients of the 2020 George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service. Photo of Tom and Karen Hartley dressed in period clothing standing and smiling outdoors. Things to Do in Iowa and Wisconsin National Parks Things to do in Iowa and Wisconsin national parks. A sailboat on calm water near the edge of sandstone sea caves with trees growing on top. Series: Things to Do in Midwest National Parks There is something for everyone in the Midwest. See what makes the Great Plains great. Dip your toes in the continent's inland seas. Learn about Native American heritage and history. Paddle miles of scenic rivers and waterways. Explore the homes of former presidents. From the Civil War to Civil Rights, discover the stories that shape our journey as a nation. Steep bluff with pink sky above and yellow leaves below. Volunteer Story: Ice Age Trail Alliance Staff and volunteers of the Ice Age Trail Alliance were the National Park Service winners of the 2020 George and Helen Hartzog Award in the “Volunteer Group” category. They also won the award in the Midwest region of the National Park Service (Regions 3, 4, and 5). The George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service recognize the exemplary contributions of volunteers across the National Park System. People build a boardwalk within a forest with yellow and green leaves.

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