Emma Carlin Trail

Eagle, Wisconsin

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This hike along numerous interlocking trails in Kettle Moraine State Forest takes you over numerous hills formed 10,000 years ago by the Wisconsin Glacier Episode. The Kettle Moraine State Forest is a showcase of largely unspoiled glacial landscapes, which extends for some 30 miles across southeast Wisconsin between Milwaukee and Madison. There are over 150 miles of trails, including the 33-mile Moraine Ridge Trail. The Ice Age Trail comes through the forest as well. At about the hike’s halfway point, there’s a scenic overlook with some nice views of the surrounding countryside and nearby Spring Lake. The trail is very popular with mountain bikers, so stay alert as you hike through the woods. Hikers and cyclists move in opposite directions along the paths, since hikers are asked to walk clockwise while mountain bikers travel counterclockwise.

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"This hike along numerous interlocking trails in Kettle Moraine State Forest takes you over numerous hills formed 10,000 years ago by the Wisconsin Glacier Episode. The Kettle Moraine State Forest is a showcase of largely unspoiled glacial landscapes, which extends for some 30 miles across southeast Wisconsin between Milwaukee and Madison. There are over 150 miles of trails, including the 33-mile Moraine Ridge Trail. The Ice Age Trail comes through the forest as well.

At about the hike’s halfway point, there’s a scenic overlook with some nice views of the surrounding countryside and nearby Spring Lake. The trail is very popular with mountain bikers, so stay alert as you hike through the woods. Hikers and cyclists move in opposite directions along the paths, since hikers are asked to walk clockwise while mountain bikers travel counterclockwise."

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Eagle
Distance: 4.4 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Terrain: Dirt/crushed limestone
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Additional Use: Hunting
Features: Views
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Southern Unit Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters, S91 W39091 Hwy. 59, Eagle, WI 53119; (262) 594-6200; dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kms/
Local Maps: USGS Little Prairie, WI; trail maps available at forest office, from trail contact, and online
Driving Directions: Directions to Emma Carlin Trail

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May 2018