Ice Age National Scenic Trail and Bald Bluff Nature Trail

Eagle, Wisconsin 53119

Ice Age National Scenic Trail and Bald Bluff Nature Trail

Ice Age National Scenic Trail and Bald Bluff Nature Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Bald Bluff may seem a misnomer, as much of this hike is through rich forest. The nature trail and area (registered as a state natural area) are under the jurisdiction of the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, which offers a narrative guidebook you can borrow at the trailhead, but this trail is also part of the Blue Spring Lake Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The terrain is rugged, and loose rock and sand can make the steep portions a bit challenging. But a scenic overlook at the top of the bluff and a quirky granite erratic known as the Stone Elephant add to the attraction.

The proper name on the sign is Kettle Moraine Oak Opening Bald Bluff Unit State Natural Area, but anyone you ask is going to say Bald Bluff. This nicely forested section of the state forest offers a pleasant thru-hike on the Ice Age Trail if you prefer, but the out-and-back to an erratic is a better option to avoid needing a second vehicle. The trailhead is actually on a spur trail to the Ice Age Trail and thus is marked with blue blazes rather than the usual yellow blazes that designate the national scenic trail."

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Trail Information

Eagle
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3.4
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit, S91 W39091 Hwy. 59, Eagle, WI 53119; (262) 594-6200; dnr.wi.gov; Ice Age Trail Alliance, 2110 Main St., Cross Plains, WI 53528; (800) 227-0046; www.iceagetrail.org
Local Contacts
USGS Little Prairie; Ice Age Trail Atlas; at state forest office and on website
Local Maps