Table Bluff

Cross Plains, Wisconsin 53528

Table Bluff

Table Bluff Professional Review and Guide

"This Ice Age Trail segment is rewarding enough to do as a there-and-back hike, even though you can use a shuttle as an end-to-end trek. Leave Table Bluff Road and the actual Table Bluff, then follow a singletrack path through hills rolling above a tributary of Black Earth Creek.

The path traverses oak savannas then dips to cross a stream bed. Reenter woods and cruise an impressive ridgeline southward that culminates in a view of ponds, grasslands, farms, and woods of southern Wisconsin. Much of the terrain has been restored to its pre-Columbian state, from the prairies to the oaks."

More Table Bluff Professional Reviews and Guides

"This Ice Age Trail segment is rewarding enough to do as a out-and-back hike, even though you can use a shuttle as an end-to-end trek. Leave Table Bluff Road and Table Bluff itself, then follow a singletrack path through hills rolling above a tributary of Black Earth Creek.

The path traverses oak savannas, then dips to cross a streambed. Reenter woods and cruise an impressive ridgeline southward that culminates in a view of ponds, grasslands, farms, and woods of southern Wisconsin. Much of the terrain has been restored to its pre- Columbian state, from the prairies to the oaks."

"Enjoy some rather stunning prairie reclamation where wildflowers abound, then hike over hills and farmland to a scenic overlook.

This segment of the Ice Age Trail opened in the fall of 2006, and the prairie segments are awash with color when the wildflowers are in bloom. The trail is marked with posts with arrows or trees with plastic yellow patches and is maintained by volunteers. The parking lot is a grassy area along the south side of the road surrounded by several large rocks. The trailhead is clearly marked. Start along a mowed path through prairie, which soon gives way to a bit of oak savanna."

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Trail Information

Cross Plains
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.4 miles
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
2-2.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Views, Wildflowers
Features
Ice Age Trail Alliance, 2110 Main St., Cross Plains, WI 53528; (800) 227-0046; www.iceagetrail.org
Local Contacts
USGS Black Earth, Cross Plains; Ice Age Trail—Table Bluff Segment
Local Maps

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Oct 2018