You're done hiking for the day and are already thinking about getting back on the Ice Age Trail tomorrow. How about between now and then? Fortunately, Ice Age Trail hikers have a variety of options for overnight accomodations.
Many developed campgrounds are located on or near the route of the Ice Age Trail. With the term "developed campground," we are referring to what many people call "car camping" campsites, in that you can reach the campground by vehicle. (As opposed to backpack camping, featuring walk-up campsites or camping areas; see the Backpacking section below.)
Developed campgrounds are often located within public recreation areas such as national forests, state parks or state forests, county parks or county forests, etc., and may require an entrance fee and/or campsite fee. Many private campgrounds are also available. Depending on location and time of year, reservations may be required, so calling ahead is usually the best policy. These campgrounds often have amenities such as a fire ring, picnic table or picnic area, toilets, drinking water and showers.
The Ice Age Trail Atlas shows locations of campgrounds on or near the Ice Age Trail, and the Ice Age Trail Companion Guide lists campground contact info. For Wisconsin DNR campsites, reservations can be made via Reserve America; for privately owned campgrounds, call the numbers listed in the Companion Guide. You can also call the Ice Age Trail Alliance or the volunteer chapter coordinator in the area to learn where to camp.
In addition to the many developed campgrounds on or near the Ice Age Trail, many segments also offer camping opportunities for backpackers. Backpacking is a popular activity in which the hiker fills a backpack with his or her shelter, food and clothing, and then walks to a trailside campsite or camping area. After a day of hiking, your reward as a backpacker is an evening at a remote location with typically nothing more than the trees, wildlife and stars above as your companions. Visit our Backpacking page for more info on backpacking the Ice Age Trail.
A dose of Midwestern hospitality is unsurpassed for providing comfort to weary travelers. After a day of exploring the Ice Age Trail, what better way to reward yourself than by relaxing at a cozy B&B, inn or cottage?
The establishments listed below are located on or near the Trail's route and proudly consider themselves Friends of the Ice Age Trail. With advance reservations, some innkeepers may even be willing to help shuttle you between their establishment and a local Ice Age Trail segment for a gratuity.
Our partner innkeepers invite you to relax, put your feet up and enjoy your overnight in style.
Businesses arranged from east to west along the route of the Ice Age Trail:
|Black Walnut Guest House
|White Lace Inn
|Red Forest B&B
|Spring Tulip Cottage
|Wellspring Farm B&B & Hostel||West Bend||262-675-6755|
|Jordan House B&B
|Westphal Mansion Inn B&B
|Eagle Centre House B&B
|Eagle Home Hostel||Eagle||262-495-8794 or 262-442-6360|
|The Lamp Post Inn
|The Fargo Mansion Inn*
|Hamilton House B&B
|Lake Ripley Lodge
|Oscar H. Hanson House B&B
|Ye Olde Manor House
|Albany House B&B
|The Sutherland House B&B
|Cooksville Farmhouse Inn
|Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn
|The Parsonage B&B
|Arbor House, Ltd.
|Victorian Dreams B&B||Lodi||608-592-0362|
|Lake Wisconsin Cottage
|Inn at Wawanissee Point
|Bowman's Oak Hill B&B
|Sunnyfield Farm B&B
|Mecan River House B&B
|Caribou Bay Retreat||Coloma||920-716-5918|
|Apple Tree Lane B&B
|Crystal River Inn
|Artha Sustainable Living Center B&B
|Lindsay House B&B
|A Victorian Swan on Water B&B
|Dreams of Yesteryear B&B
|Elcho Victorian Rose B&B
|Tagalong Golf & Resort
|The Farm B&B
|Inn Greener Pastures
|Canyon Road Inn||Turtle Lake||888-251-5542|
|Wissahickon Farms Country Inn B&B
||Saint Croix Falls||715-483-3986|
* Mention the Ice Age Trail when making your Fargo Mansion Inn reservation and receive 20% off your stay.