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. The city of Janesville has more miles of Ice Age Trail located within the city limits than any other Wisconsin community. 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 rollerblading, 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. 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. Click here to see an an up to date Wisconsin Trails Report on the Travel Wisconsin website.
Janesville is an Ice Age Trail Community and an Ice Age Trail hiker destination - 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
- Things for Kids
- Things for Teens
Admission Fee: Free
Hours: Janesville parks are open from 5 AM to 11 PM, with restroom facilities available April 15 through October 15.
Address: 2501 Palmer Dr - Janesville - WI, 53545
Phone: (608) 755-3025