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VIDEO | Exploring the Ice Age Trail – Old Plank Road Segment

Washington Co., WI – Becoming rather fascinated with the Ice Age Trail. It’s right in the backyard for neighbors in Washington County. Below is a quick video exploring the Old Plank Road Segment, which is right off Highway 23 in Sheboygan County just east of the Old Wade House.

Click HERE for the best map of the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin

Some fun facts about the Ice Age Trail:

  • The Ice Age Trail covers over 1,200 miles and runs through 30 counties in Wisconsin.

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Here are some brief details from iceagetrail.org: As the segment nears STH-23, it intersects a blue-blazed spur trail that leads 1.6 miles to the village of Greenbush and the Wade House Historic Site. Just south of STH-23, the segment intersects a snowmobile/equestrian trail before connecting with the Old Plank Road Trail.

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This 19th century historic stagecoach route linked Sheboygan and Fond du Lac. The segment follows the Old Plank Road Trail 0.6 miles east along a paved and partially grass-covered route paralleling STH-23, then separates at the point where the Trail crosses busy STH-23.

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The Trail follows a roller coaster serpentine course as it ascends and descends and curves around kettles and ridges, crosses two quieter roads and makes it ways to the segment’s terminus at the Trail access kiosk and parking area at CTH-P

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  • There are 600 miles of blazed trails, which means they are out of traffic and marked with a yellow slash of paint. Other trail segments are also marked with blue or white paint markings.

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  • There are maps along the trails to help you get your bearings. The maps outline the path, provide mile markers, and sometimes a tidbit of history.

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  • In an effort to ramp up winter fitness, many people take to the trails to enjoy the outdoors, explore, and have adventure.

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Trekked the Old Plank Road Segment a day before the snow hit. Shuffled through the leaves and experienced moderate climbs. There was one section in particular that carved out a wide swath for a series of power pole construction.

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Click HERE for more information about the Ice Age Trail. What segment is your favorite, and which one would you recommend we feature next?

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