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. In 2001, a Handbook for Trail Design, Construction and Maintenance was developed which includes more detailed guidance and a broad range of technical information.
Today about 600 miles of the 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail have been built. To complete the trail, more detailed public planning processes are being carried out in counties where significant gaps remain. These individual plans identify a corridor through which the remaining trail segments will be developed according to the standards set forth in the 2001 Handbook for Trail Design, Construction and Maintenance. Corridor Planning effoirts are currently underway in Rock, Marquette, and Chippewa Counties.
The most recently completed plans are available on-line.
Documents relating to planning processes currently underway are available for review and comment via the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment site. Search for Ice Age NST.
Did You Know?
Mammoths and sabertooth cats roamed Wisconsin during the late Pleistocene era or Ice Age.