The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand-mile trail that travels through some of Wisconsin’s most beautiful natural areas. It highlights landscape features created by the glacier that covered a portion of Wisconsin more than 12,000 years ago and is one of only eleven National Scenic Trails. Janesville's portion of the trail makes up a large part of the Janesville Trail System, and marks the southern-most point of the Ice Age Trail. Most of the trail in Janesville is paved, perfect for biking, walking, running and roller blading, and it connects many neighborhoods, parks and attractions. A few portions of the trail, notably the Devil's Staircase in Riverside Park and a segment that runs through the Robert O Cook Memorial Arboretum are unpaved and suitable for hiking. Bike repair stations containing commonly used bike tools and a tire pump are located in Briarcrest Park on the north side of Pine Tree Plaza, and east of S Pearl St on the north side of the Rock River. A map of Janesville's Trail System is available on our Resources page, and the Ice Age Trail Alliance has guidebooks and an atlas available for sale at their website store. They now have itineraries and mobile apps available here.
Janesville is designated as an official Ice Age Trail Community - for more information, visit the Ice Age Trail Alliance website. The Rock County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance offers a hiking log award program called Walk Across Rock County, which breaks down the hikes into three to five mile segments that can be done over time.
- Pets Allowed Sept 16 - May 14 (on leash)
- Cross Country Skiing
- River Setting
- Scenic Views
- Open Space
Janesville parks are open from 5 AM to 11 PM, with restroom facilities available April 15 through October 15.
2501 Palmer Dr - Janesville - WI, 53545