Saturday, June 2 at 8 AM: The Annual Up-to-20-mile National Trails Day Hike
Join members of the Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance for a free guided hike of 1.5, 4.2, or up to twenty miles of the Trail in Walworth and Jefferson Counties, rain or shine! Meet at the white Ice Age Trail tent near the Rice Lake boat launch parking area (free) in the Whitewater Lake Recreation Area, near the north end of State Park Road just south of Kettle Moraine Drive. The trail is rocky, hilly, scenic, and can be quite challenging; sturdy shoes, a cell phone, water, and snacks are strongly recommended. Hikers may opt out at most road crossings; free transportation back to the parking area will be available. Contact Chapter Coordinator Andy Whitney at 262-949-0286 for further information.
Saturday, June 2 at 10 AM: Mammoth Tracks: Nature Exploration for Children and Families
Older children and families can take a guided hike to explore one of two nearby sections of the Ice Age Trail — down the hill to Whitewater Creek (2.2 miles) or up the bluff to the lookout over Rice Lake (1.8 miles). A limited number of hand-peeled hiking sticks will be awarded to the young hikers afterward. Hikes will take place on the hour between 10 AM and 1 PM — long pants, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and bug spray are recommended! On-going hands-on supervised nature exploration activities will be provided for toddlers and little tots.
Both activities will take place at the white Ice Age Trail tent near the Rice Lake boat launch in the Whitewater Lake Recreation Area (near the north end of State Park Road just south of Kettle Moraine Drive). Free parking on National Trails Day. Other amenities at the site include a playground, shady picnic areas, water, and primitive bathrooms. This event is sponsored by the Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance.
For more information, contact Barb Converse at 262-473-7304.