Discover new Ice Age Trail in Manitowoc County!

1.3 miles of new Ice Age National Scenic Trail are open for business in Manitowoc County northwest of Mishicot. Thank you to the 129 volunteers and scores of local businesses and supporters who made this event a success!
Volunteers built boardwalks and bridges, crafted tread, mowed, weed-whipped, eradicated Japanese Barberry, scrambled eggs, painted blazes, installed trail signage posts, built timber retaining walls and sweated to the tune of 3,715 hours. This event took big strides to extend the Ice Age Trail in Manitowoc County – and there’s more to come!

See the new trail section on our online trail map or check out Map 97f in your Ice Age Trail Atlas 2014.

Bill aims to give Ice Age Trail same status as Appalachian Trail

The National Scenic Trails Parity Act was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bill conveys National Park Unit Status to the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, as well as the North Country and New England National Scenic Trails. This means that they would have the same status as the Appalachian, Natchez Trace, and Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trails. 

Enactment of this bill would give the Ice Age Trail, and two others administered by the National Park Service, the same status within the agency and make the Alliance eligible for the array of new funding and resource support appropriated to support the National Park System.

The National Parks Subcommittee of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing on Wednesday, July 23. Written testimony will be accepted after the hearing.

To support the Ice Age Trail and its unit status, please send written statements in support of this bill to David Brooks at by Friday, August 8

Please also copy or forward your message to Kevin Thusius, IATA Director of Land Conservation, at and ask that it be placed in the hearing record.

Thank you for your support of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail!

We've expanded our horizons: thank you, IAT-U volunteers!

The morning school bell echoing throughout the Merrill School Forest signaled the start of breakfast and another day of Ice Age Trail University. The Ice Age Trail became the classroom for 61 volunteers from July 9-13. Expanded class offerings included seminars on volunteer chapter leadership and trail maintenance in addition to First Aid & CPR and chainsaw safety.

Volunteers’ talents, skills and willingness to learn strengthen the Ice Age Trail Alliance and the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Thank you, IAT-U volunteers!