With shelters spaced 7.5 - 11 miles apart on the Ice Age trail and trailheads throughout hikers will have plenty of options for a quick weekend or long training hike. The shelters are three sided with a double wide doorway on the forth. The floors are crushed gravel and a 12" wide bench lines the inner perimeter. An outhouse is near each shelter and is usually clean and stock with TP. All these things serve to lighten up your load and allow you to better enjoy the Ice Age backpacking trail. The trail varies from wide prarie path to single track and is well marked there are even mile makers on some portions.

"Hikers can enjoy miles and miles of rolling hills through pine plantations, prairies and southern hardwood forests. Trail maps help to prepare you for the distances you will encounter and the natural areas that will surround you when you hike. Hiking is available on the Scuppernong, Emma Carlin, John Muir and Nordic trails, as well as the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Explore the 30 miles of Ice Age Trail that goes from the southernmost end to the northernmost point of the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit. It's part of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail that eventually will go 1000 miles through some of Wisconsin's most scenic areas." Backpacking trail description from WDNR

From Chicago:
  • Take the Edens Expy/I-94 exit toward Milwaukee
  • Turn left at IL-173/W IL Route 173
  • Take the exit toward US-12/WI-67
  • Turn left at County Rd S
  • Turn right at State Rd 59/WI-59

South Kettle Moraine State Forest

With miles of well marked backpacking trails and 3 AT style shelters South Kettle Moraine State Forest and the Ice Age trail provide ample hiking opportunity in southern Wisconsin. Multiple trail heads provide access to the trail and shelters which must be reserved and can accomindate groups up to 10 campers. At most sites backpackers will find a toliet fire ring and picnic table. All trash must be packed out. This is a popular trail system but reserving the shelters gaurentees that you will have a place to camp away from crowds for the night. As any heavily travled place firewood can be difficult to find.

"The Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is 30 miles long, extending from the village of Dousman, Wisconsin, almost to the city of Whitewater. Forest Headquarters is 3 miles west of the village of Eagle on State Highway 5.

More than 20,000 acres of glacial hills, kettles, lakes, prairie restoration sites, pine woods and hardwood forests can be found in the Southern Unit, making this a popular area for a wide variety of visitors. The 3,500-acre Scuppernong River Habitat Area is the largest wet prairie east of the Mississippi River." State Forest and hiking trail info by WDNR

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