Most everybody with even a slight curiosity within the open air has heard of the Appalachian Path, however for a lot of, it’s a “far-off” factor. Far fewer know concerning the Nationwide Path System or understand there are alternatives to discover trails in the identical class because the AT in each a part of the nation.
The Ice Age Path is an ideal instance. It’s a thousand miles lengthy and winds from Wisconsin’s western border on the St. Croix River to Lake Michigan’s Shores in essentially the most east-northeast are of the state – at Potawatomi State Park to be exact. The path roughly follows the define of the newest glaciers to cowl Wisconsin about 10,000 years in the past. Alongside that “edge” are many superb geologic options and pure wonders you simply gained’t encounter anyplace else. You merely should get on the market to see them for your self.
It’s form of superb to suppose the Ice Age Path covers 1,000 miles which is nearly half so long as the Appalachian Path. However whereas the AT winds by way of 14 states, the Ice Age Path is all within the state of Wisconsin. That makes it much more handy to plan day and phase hikes, which is how most individuals take pleasure in all the Nationwide Trails community.
Annually about 1.25 million folks use the Ice Age Path yr spherical together with mountain climbing, tenting cross-country snowboarding, snowshoeing, and a particular type of Geocaching known as “ColdCaching.” In all, greater than 100 folks have joined the “Thousand-Miler Membership” for mountain climbing the complete path in segments or as thru-hikers. The financial boon to the state and to the cities alongside the path is one thing like $113 million yearly.
Similar to the Appalachian Path is supported by the group known as the Appalachian Path Conservancy, there’s an amazing group supporting and selling the Ice Age Path as properly. It’s known as the Ice Age Path Alliance. A go to to their web site is the place to start if you wish to know extra concerning the path, plan a hike, or assist the Ice Age Path by volunteering or making a donation.