Many Madison residents likely never realize that they live a short distance from a National Scenic Hiking Trail. With a range of more than 1,200 miles, the Ice Age Trail spans dozens of communities throughout Wisconsin, including many parts of Dane County. Managed exclusively by volunteers of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, the IAT is an excellent natural recreation resource for the enjoyment of citizens and visitors like to experience the beauty of old growth forests, gently sloping prairies and high bluffs with spatular views. If you’re looking for a personal challenge to add a bit more balance to your daily life, we recommend that you take a hike!
Hiking requires little more than a pair of comfortable shoes and the spirit of adventure. Don’t forget to bring along some water. And in the summer months be sure to protect against mosquitoes. The trails are well marked, so you won’t need a map. Just follow the path in front of you and walk into the natual world.
A group of Madisonians gathered together at Indian Lake County Park just north of the town of Middleton. There they found one of many access points to the Ice Age Trail. A unit of the National Park Service the IAT is part of a national system that engages people from all walks of life from across the country to experience nature. This spot close to home can be a wonderful gateway to opportunities to explore the great outdoors.