The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a 1,000 mile footpath that traverses Wisconsin, following the boundary and landforms created by the area’s most recent glaciation–known as the Wisconsin Glaciation–that ended more than 10,000 years ago.
To aid hikers in planning and navigating, the Ice Age Trail is divided into Segments of various lengths. The trail section pictured here is part of the Table Bluff Segment, a 2.4 mile stretch that rises some 200 vertical from the Black Earth Creek Valley to Table Bluff. Along the way it passes through restored and prairies, savannas, and oak woodlands.
Hiking the Table Bluff Segment is a tale of pain and pleasure: pain from the steep climb; pleasure from the spectacular views once you reach Picnic Hill. From here you can see the expansive Black Earth Creek Valley and catch a glimpse of Blue Mounds in the distant west.
Part of the Table Bluff Segment goes through private property of the The Swamplovers Foundation. In addition to encouraging and welcoming users of the Ice Age Trail, The Swamplovers Preserve has done extensive restoration work to recover the glories of prairie remnants that once–and now again–grace the glacial topography.
Cream babtisia and Pasque flower are two of the many native prairie and savanna plants that are thriving along the Ice Age Trail.