Wisconsin Ice Age Trail becomes part of the National Park Service

the Ice Age Trail, which winds 1200 miles through Wisconsin, has become part of the National Park Service.

The updated status gives the Ice Age National Scenic Trail Official recognition within the National Park Service, access to additional funding opportunities and equal legal standing with other National Park Service destinations.

An economic impact study completed in late 2019 found that 2.3 million people visited the Ice Age Trail annually, but that number is known to have increased since.

Locally, the trail cuts through the middle of Washington County, the southeast corner of Fond du Lac County and through western Sheboygan County.

The trail was designated as one of 11 National Scenic Trails in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter.