• View of Southern Wisconsin from the Ice Age NST

    Ice Age

    National Scenic Trail Wisconsin

Park Planning

In 1983, the National Park Service completed a Comprehensive Management Plan for the Ice Age Trail. This plan provides overall guidance for its development and management. Today about 660 miles of the 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail have been built. To complete the trail, detailed public planning processes are being carried out in counties where significant gaps remain. Planning efforts are currently underway in Marquette, Rock, and Chippewa Counties. To review and comment on these efforts, click on the following links:

Marquette County
Rock County
Chippewa County

The following completed plans are available on-line.

Langlade County (2014)
Marathon County (2014)
Ice Age Complex at Cross Plains (2012)
Lake Michigan (2006)
Waushara County (2007)
Waupaca and Portage Counties (1997)

In 2013 a Long Range Interpretive Plan (LRIP) was developed for a portion of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The LRIP covers parts of Dane, Columbia, and Sauk counties, from the Ice Age Complex at Cross Plains to the Aldo Leopold Shack in Sauk County,

In 2001, a Handbook for Trail Design, Construction and Maintenance was developed which includes more detailed guidance and a broad range of technical information regarding the methods and standards used to construct the trail.

Did You Know?

The Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation logo featuring Monty the Mammoth.

The non-profit partner for the Ice Age Trail, the Ice Age Trail Alliance, was founded in 1958. The trail was designated as a National Scenic Trail by Congress in 1980 and a State Scenic Trail by the Wisconsin legislature in 1987.