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Merrill – Ice Age Trail Community Celebration

October 8, 2022

Join the Ice Age Trail Alliance and our Northwoods Chapter for a celebration of our newest Trail Community in Merrill.

Saturday, October 8: Fall Colors Hike at 10:00 a.m.

Grandfather Falls Segment

Please join us as we explore the Grandfather Falls Segment. The fall colors should be peaking at this time. View the unique boulders and sculptured rock formations cause by thousands of years of cascading water at Grandfather Falls Dam – the largest waterfall on the Wisconsin river, with a total drop of 89 feet, and listen to the roar of the water over the rock formations as you traverse along the Wisconsin River.

LOCATION: Meet at the Camp New Wood County Park parking area on Hwy 107, at the south end of the segment. Watch for yellow “Ice Age Trail Event” signs.

HIKE DESCRIPTION: We will hike approximately 3-miles along the Wisconsin River, with an option of hiking another out and back section through the school forest if attendees want to go farther.

WHAT TO BRING: Wear comfortable hiking boots and dress appropriately for the weather. Bring water and insect repellant.

HIKE LEADER: Ruby Jaecks, 715 551-1118 (Mobile)



Saturday, October 8: Celebration and Ribbon Cutting at 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill 

  • 4:30 am – 6:30 pm Merrill Trail Community Celebration
  • 6:00 pm Celebration Ceremony & Ribbon Cutting 

Join the Alliance and Northwoods Chapter, City of Merrill and Merrill Chamber of Commerce at Sawmill Brewing Company for a casual hiker meet-up and Designation Celebration with Ribbon Cutting to celebrate our newest Trail Community, the City of Merrill.  The Trail Community designation ceremony will be at 6:00 pm with local dignitaries from the community and the Ice Age Trail Alliance, along with photos and a ribbon cutting. Light refreshments will be available while supplies last, along with door prizes and a raffle, and the opportunity to meet Monty, our mammoth mascot.



Sunday, October 9: Member ONLY Shuttles

Ice Age Trail Alliance Members – We’ve got a special treat for you!

If you are in the Merrill area on Sunday, October 9, Alliance staff and volunteers will be available to shuttle you on the Ice Age Trail segments in the area – Underdown and Grandfather Falls. Shuttles will be available from 8:00 – 10:00 am SUNDY morning, October 9. Sign up HERE to save your shuttle seat (space is limited) and we’ll be in touch with more information.

An Ice Age Trail Community is a place where Ice Age Trail enthusiasts enjoy healthy walks, visit local businesses and take part in events. These communities work hand-in-hand with the Ice Age Trail Alliance to advance the Ice Age Trail, promote the qualities that make each place unique, and provide pathways to community health and well-being. Together, the Ice Age Trail Alliance and Trail Communities promote the unique qualities that make the Trail, and the community it travels through, a meaningful destination. Merrill is the 17th Ice Age Trail Community.


Photo: Kimberly Carpenter


October 8, 2022
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