It may not look or feel like it, but spring has arrived in Langlade County.
The first hike of the season on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Langlade County will be held Saturday over the Old Railroad segment.
The hike organized by the Langlade County Ice Age Trail Chapter is open to the public. Interested persons should meet 9 a.m. in front of the Langlade County Forestry Office at the fairgrounds.
Participants are encouraged to wear suitable clothing and bring a lunch. Transportation to the trail head northeast of Antigo at County Trunk A will be provided from the fairgrounds.
The five-mile Old Railroad Segment winds through a scenic portion of Veterans Memorial Park. The segment includes views of a large glacial lake filled in with sediment since the massive ice sheets which covered two-thirds of the state melted away over 10,000 years ago.
The segment is one of four Ice Age Trail stretches in Langlade County designated in 1977 by the U.S. Department of the Interior as part of the National Trails System. The segment includes a portion of the old grade upon which trains once ran between the main line at Koepenick to the Pearson area.
As an added feature for outing, participants will be earning at 40th anniversary hiker patch. In observance of the local chapter’s four decades of trail activity in Langlade County, persons making two of the three hikes this year will be awarded the special patch. The dates of the other chapter hikes scheduled this year are Sept. 12 and Oct. 3.
Additional information on the Saturday hike, the Ice Age National Scenic Trail or the local chapter can be obtained by mail inquiry to 622 First Ave., Antigo or calling 715-623-2645. Maps and other trail information are available at the Langlade County University of Wisconsin-Extension Office, 837 Clermont St.
Other trail information is available on the Ice Age Trail Alliance website at www.iceagetrail.org.