Ice Age in Wisconsin

It may be hard to believe now, but North America has undergone some intense changes during the past 15 millennia or so.

For instance, a mere 15,000 years ago during the Ice Age, mammoths, sabre tooth cats and cave lions roamed the Earth. Back then, much of North America lay under a huge glacier, and some of the best evidence of its presence is found in Wisconsin’s many lakes, river valleys, gently rolling hills and ridges.

Today much of pristine Wisconsin has been preserved by the National Park Service, and the course of that massive glacier has become the Ice Age national Scenic Trail.

You can discover the glacier’s handiwork along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, which stretches nearly 1,200 miles across Wisconsin and traces the former glacier’s edge. There are hundreds of access points along the trail between its western end in Interstate State Park on the St. Croix River in Polk County and its eastern end in Potawatomi State Park on Green Bay in Door County.

To help you start planning your hike along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, the National Park Service has created an online guide to the trail under its gateway services, which assist you to plan your own journey along the trail.

The thousand mile footpath that is known as the Ice Age Trail was created 50 years ago by members of the Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation with the aim of bringing hikers in close contact with drumlins and eskers, kettles and kames, and other landforms created by glacial activity.

The Trail begins in the east at Potawatomi State Park and ends in the west at Interstate State Park. The NPS Getaways website provides you with all the information you need to discover Ice Age America, where you can marvel at the beauty and majesty of a landscape carved out by pure ice.

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