More than 12,000 years ago, an immense flow of glacial ice sculpted a landscape of remarkable beauty across Wisconsin. As the glacier retreated, it left behind a variety of unique landscape features. These glacial remnants are now considered among the world’s finest examples of how continental glaciation sculpts our planet. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand-mile footpath that highlights these landscape features as it travels through some of the state’s most beautiful natural areas. The Trail is entirely within Wisconsin and is one of only eleven National Scenic Trails and can be seen in Door County at the below locations.
Trail Access and Parking CTH-H: From Sturgeon Bay, take STH-42 south 9.0 mi to CTH-H in Maplewood. Roadside parking. Eastern Terminus in Potawatomi State Park: From Sturgeon Bay take STH-57/42 southwest to CTHPD (Park Dr.). Turn right and go north 2.4 mi to Potawatomi State Park. Follow the park’s entrance drive 3.5 mi to the Ice Age Trail eastern terminus at the observation tower. Park at the Ice Age Trail long-term parking area at the old ski hill (DK2), located 3.3 mi from the main entrance. An un-blazed spur trail leads from the parking area to the Ice Age Trail at the observation tower.
Additional Parking: (i) S. Neenah Ave. Ahnapee/Ice Age Trail access parking area (DK6). (ii) Cherry Blossom Park. (iii) Bayview Park. (iv) Otumba Park. (v) Potawatomi State Park parking areas along Shoreline Road.