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Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter National Trails Day Hike

June 2, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

The Hike:

Celebrate National Trails Day with a 3, 5, 10, or even 20-mile hike through the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest.

You’ll enjoy wooded moraines, kettles, and outstanding views of Rice Lake and Whitewater Lake from atop a steep rise. If you hike the entire distance, you’ll get to preview one of the ever-popular backpacking shelters found along the Trail in this region.

National Trails Day:

National Trails Day is a fitting opportunity to highlight an important source of funding, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)*. These federal dollars contributed mightily to Ice Age National Scenic Trail, helping to create and protect one of Wisconsin’s treasures.

The delightful terrain and remarkable views along the Whitewater Lake Segment and the Blackhawk Segment are fine examples of how area acquisitions, using LWCF funding, conserved acres of land which now host many miles of the Ice Age Trail.

Come see, hear, and touch the results of your federal dollars at work for you; join us out on the Trail!  

Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Blackhawk Segment, National Trail Day, Land and Water Conservation Fund

Event details:

Meet at the Rice Lake Nature Trail parking lot by 7:45 am at the latest. We’ll start hiking at 8:00 am.

The Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter have arranged for drivers (chapter volunteers) to shuttle you back to your car, allowing you to hike the distance most comfortable for you (and your hiking companions if you bring them).

If you are hiking the 20-mile distance, we will take a lunch break at the Ole Oleson historic log cabin.

Regardless of the distance, please pack your own water and snacks. If you hike one of the longer distances, please bring a sack lunch!

Location details:

Rice Lake Nature Trail parking

GPS Coordinates: 42.77883717635865,-88.692416115214556

Google Map: Driving Directions

Photos by Cameron Gillie of ThePinHoleThing.com


* The LWCF funding comes from proceeds from off-shore oil and gas drilling.

Of NOTE: Wisconsin has received approximately $215.4 million in LWCF funding over the past five decades, protecting places such as the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, the Ice Age and North Country National Scenic Trails, St. Croix National Scenic River, and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Outdoor recreation is an important part of the Wisconsin economy. The Outdoor Industry Association has found that active outdoor recreation contributes $17.9 billion annually in consumer spending to Wisconsin’s economy, supports 168,000 jobs which generate $5.1 billion in wages and salaries and produces $1.1 billion annually in state and local tax revenue.

More than 1.25 million people use the Ice Age Trail year round. Hikers, business owners, and government partners agree that the Trail is a great benefit to Wisconsin’s tourism and recreation industries.



June 2, 2018
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Andrew Whitney