The Ice Age National Scenic Trail traverses over 1000 miles of forestlands, prairies, wetlands, and roadways throughout Wisconsin. Many of these paths are made possible by partnerships with private landowners and lands owned and managed by municipal, county, state and federal agencies. As such, hikers must be mindful of a regulations on property types, hunting seasons, and trail signage while hiking the Ice Age Trail, especially when crossing private lands. Guidelines for hiking through private lands are found below.
Finding Property Closures
Online interactive maps are instrumental resources for Ice Age Trail users to plan their hiking trips. The Trail Alerts Dashboard and Hiker Resource Map are available on our website.
The Trail Alerts Dashboard notifies hikers of current trail closures and trail conditions. Click on the yellow alert icons to learn more about the trail closure. Trail condition updates can be sent in by the public to notify Ice Age Trail Alliance staff about recent trail damage.
The interactive, online Hiker Resource Map offers in-depth information on trail segments, parking areas, camping options, and trail alerts. You can adjust the zoom, view the map legend, and add and remove map layers to explore the interactive map.
Sticking to the Trail corridor is a general recommendation for the entire Ice Age Trail but a requirement on private lands.
Hunting on Private Lands
Private landowners who generously host portions of the Ice Age Trail may close off the portions of the trail that runs through their property during hunting seasons. Watch for “Trail Closed” signs and online updates. Respecting these segment closings ensure continued good relations with private landowners.
Hunting on Public Lands
Hunting is allowed in most state parks and State Ice Age Trial Areas from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15 and April 1 to early May. During these hunting periods, just about all of the segments on public lands are open for hiking, including the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, state and county forests, and state parks.
Thank you for respecting Trail closures and helping us honor our agreements with public and private landowners!