by Eric Hansen, revised by Kevin Revolinski (Falcon Guides)
© 2016 Eric Hansen, revised by Kevin Revolinski/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
I'm a transplant from Western PA to the Chicago area, and while I have been impressed with the conservation efforts and results in the N. Illinois and S. Wisconsin areas, I've been sort of depressed by the flat landscape. The Ice Age Trail in N. Kettle Moraine, however, while not "mountainous" like you'd find in other parts of the country, is certainly a break from the monotony of the flatness elsewhere in this area. It is a fun trail with plenty of interesting and pretty nature and wildlife, which will never disappoint! Another great feature of the Ice Age Trail is the variation of landscape from one mile to the next: one moment you're running up a shaded hill and over a blanket of pine needles, and the next you're in a field of high weeds, only to be drawn again into the forest, and then through a grassy plain. That will happen several times in quick succession over this long stretch of trail. In brief: this is my favorite trail in N. Illinois/S. Wisconsin.
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