Celebrate summer’s arrival with a hike! A National Trails Day hike on Saturday, June 4, offers the perfect opportunity to slow down and recharge before summer activities – graduations, weddings, festivals, yard work, and vacations – speed up the pace of life.
Find a hike near you on the Ice Age Trail!
Before you head out the door…
Learn how to be a good steward of the land where you adventure!
Join us online, Thursday, June 2, for a virtual IAT-U session on Leave No Trace Principles.
This entertaining, family-friendly presentation is good for kids of all ages – the young and young-at-heart. You’ll learn how to incorporate the Seven Leave No Trace Principles while hiking and being outdoors. Leave No Trace is a set of outdoor ethics created by the Leave No Trace Center of Outdoor Ethics promoting conservation in the outdoors.
Southern Columbia County
Enjoy a 5.2-mile round-trip hike from the North Pavilion in Riverside Park to the rustic cabin in the Janesville School Outdoor Lab. The hike will feature the Devils Staircase and the Arbor Ridge segments along with a stop for snacks and drinks.
Meander along the rolling terrain of the Greenwood Segment through savanna, grasslands, and prairie to the Pine Tree Point. From there, you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of an open prairie edged by oak savanna.
Hike the high hummocky terrain of Walla Hi County Park where you’ll travel through heavily forested oak and beech trees and around moss-covered erratics to Slab Hill and back again for a 2.3-mile distance.
Trailtessa: Be A Nature Princess at Any Age
Nature princesses use dip nets to catch snails, dragonfly larva, and other pond creatures. They meet frogs, toads and salamanders and learn what they sound like. Princesses stomp through puddles and follow yellow blazes. They will also enjoy a healthy snack and make a nature crown.
What is National Trails Day?
Taking place on the first Saturday in June, National Trails Day® is a day of public events aimed at advocacy and trail service. Thousands of hikers, bikers, rowers, horseback riders, trail clubs, federal and local agencies, land trusts, and businesses come together in partnership to advocate for, maintain, and clean up public lands and trails.
Connect with the people near you who share your love of being outside. Build your local community and join the nationwide movement to give back to the trails and make sure everyone can enjoy the outdoors.
National Trails Day hikes on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail are sponsored by: