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Ice Age Trail: Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit

 4.9 (7)


32.3 Miles 52.0 Kilometers

3,479' 1,060 m


-3,409' -1,039 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (13°)

1,119' 341 m


851' 259 m


Shared By Chris Rozoff



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Southeastern Wisconsin's most epic trail.

Chris Rozoff

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

There are free weekly hikes year round from Forest Headquarters—phone them for more info.

The Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance offers outings on Tuesdays at 4 PM (2.8 mi.) and Wednesdays at 10:30 (two choices: 3.5 or 5 miles plus). You'll need to meet at Hwy, 12 IAT trail crossing (2 mi. E. of Whitewater, 1/2 mi. W. of Co. Rd. O) for both. The guided outings cover most of the trails in the Southern Kettle Moraine. Contact: Chapter Coordinator Andy Whitney at 262-949-0286 for more information.

The land manager for Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit can be reached at
S91 W39091 State Hwy. 59
Eagle, WI 53119
(262) 594 6200 (9 AM to 4 PM)


The Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit is a refuge in southeastern Wisconsin, a popular getaway destination for people in Madison, Milwaukee, and the Chicago area. It is spread out over a wide area and offers a lot of Wisconsin State Park camping and access for "silent sports."

This segment of the Ice Age Trail comprehensively explores this entire region, giving an excellent glimpse of the many kettles, lakes, and wetlands, along with the numerous moraines, which give this trail a lot of rolling hills to cover. The vegetation is a mixture of thick forests, including thick stands of pines that are stunning, and also wide open prairies. It is an excellent place to hike or run, in sections, or as a whole. This is one of Wisconsin's finest trails.


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Aug 24, 2018
billy robinson
7:30 am CTY N to Scup & back 2:15 out 2:30 in 10.5 mi 63° cloudy but no rain breezy autumnal 1 grp of 5OPS nada mas best IAT hike yet! moor&forest… 10.5mi
Aug 19, 2018
billy robinson
emma c to cty N & back; out 2:00 in 1:45; 5-10OPS mostly prairie, wished for binocs. bugs not as bad but still awful. 63° fog start, 78° sun&guns e…
Jul 8, 2018
billy robinson
tamarack rd - emma carlin P & back, 8+ mi out 2:00 in 1:45. lovely morning, many hikers, mtn bikers, and horsies. mosquitos continue mayhem. good hike
Jul 1, 2018
billy robinson
oleson to tamarack rd - 2:15 out, 1:45 back. 90°F w scattered storms, watched one roll up to bald bluff. hw forest,AWFUL mosquitos & no other hikers. 9.5mi
Jun 27, 2018
billy robinson
Esterly Rd to Lk Lagrange and back. 62° and overcast but no rain. saw *one* other person. took my time, sat by lake 30+ mins. great hike!
Jun 17, 2018
billy robinson
olson cabin to lk lagrange & back. 90°F, sunny, muggy, and buggy. i saw one trail runner & 2 rowboat anglers. and a deer @ 10 yds! great hike!
Feb 24, 2018
Peter Gillis
Trail was very icy. Bring cleats. 5mi
Sep 4, 2017
Kat Tapiero
Beautiful landscapes. Very well marked. Allot of inclines. 11mi

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