We’ve shared Subaru’s involvement with the National Parks Service and their dedication to helping preserve these National treasures. To help celebrate the centennial, we’re bringing you information about the beautiful National Parks right here in Wisconsin. Each Thursday, we will be featuring a new park location and present current issues facing the park and ways you can get involved in keeping some our most beautiful Wisconsin attractions around for years to come!
This week’s featured National Park is actually a National Scenic Trail– Ice Age Scenic Trail. This national trail is about an hour away from our dealership in Waukesha and makes for a great in-state family road trip! The National Parks Service describes the trail on their website, “A mere 15,000 years ago during the Ice Age, much of North America lay under a huge glacier. Mammoths, saber tooth cats and cave lions roamed the earth! Some of the best evidence of this glacier is found in Wisconsin such as the state’s many lakes, river valleys, gently rolling hills, and ridges. The nearly 1,200 mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail, established in 1980, traces the glacier’s edge.”
The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is open year round; however, some segments may be closed during Wisconsin’s November 9-day gun deer hunting season. Additional information about hunting seasons, trail conditions and closures along the rest of the trail is available from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Ice Age Trail Alliance. During hunting season, hikers are advised to wear blaze orange outfits so hunters can easily spot them. The operating hours for the National Park Service office located at 700 Rayovac Drive, Suite 100 in Madison are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays. Although no pass or fee has been established for the scenic trail, some state and county parks along the trail may charge entrance fees, require camping registration, and permits. Make sure you check with the local land manager regarding possible fees and registration requirements.
Volunteers are responsible for maintaining the trail and continually develop new trail segments as well as improving upon currently existing segments, working to get these pieces certified as official segments. Some tasks include constructing new trail, cleaning up brush and branches, building bridges, replacing old or damaged signs and constructing shelters.
Volunteer information is available online, but you should contact one of the following volunteer coordinators to learn more about how you can become involved in volunteer activities.
Daniel W. Watson
Volunteer Coordinator- Ice Age NST
700 Rayovac Drive, Suite 100
Madison, Wi 53711
Looking to visit? There are fun ways to enjoy the wilde year around like hiking, birdwatching, and camping! The trail also has major interpretive centers explaining the glacial history and geology of Wisconsin located along the trail. These centers can be found in the Northern Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest, Interstate State Park, and Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area. All you need to do is pack up your new Wilde Subaru and go!