Thirty-nine plus acres in the town of Antigo in Langlade County will one day include a section of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, a 1,200-mile hiking path that traces the geology left by the most recent glacier, thanks to the partnership of private landowners, the Ice Age Trail Alliance, the National Park Service and the state of Wisconsin.
Family trustees of the Louise Selenske estate sold the property to the Ice Age Trail Alliance, based out of Cross Plains in December. The property sets atop one of two scenic terminal moraines in Langlade County overlooking a large glacial outwash plain known locally as the Antigo Flats. Someday the parcel will provide highway access and help link the Ice Age Trail, one of 11 National Scenic Trails, through central Wisconsin.
"This property serves as an anchor point for the Trail in southern Langlade County," Kevin Thusius, director of Land Conservation for the Ice Age Trail Alliance, said. "Future Ice Age Trail will give area residents and visitors a unique and interesting outdoor experience, complemented by the natural features the property has to offer."
The property is largely wooded with the moraine edge affording a magnificent view of the surrounding glacially formed countryside and the city of Antigo. Additionally the property has frontage along Highway 64 which offers a potential someday for a scenic wayside for parking and interpretative markers about the Ice Age, trail and area history.
The parcel is within the approved boundary shown in the Langlade County Corridor Plan for the Ice Age National Scenic Trail which was completed in 2010. Last year the National Park Service and the state's Natural Resources Board approved the plan.
The Ice Age Trail Alliance board of directors approved the organization's purchase of the land in January, 2013. The land was purchased last year with financial support from the alliance's Langlade County Chapter and grant commitments from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and Wisconsin's Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund.
"The property will be open to the public, guaranteeing the public enjoyment of this beautiful place for years to come," Ice Age Trail Alliance executive director Mike Wollmer said. "I am thankful to the Selenske Family, the National Park Service, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and our local trail chapter for the opportunity to collaborate on this project."
Though the property is currently open to the public, parking along State Highway 64 is limited and dangerous. Please consider waiting until after a parking lot is developed (planned for later this year) before visiting the site.
For more information contact Kevin Thusius at the Ice Age Trail Alliance office, 2110 Main St., Cross Plains, WI 53528, phone 608-798-4453 x 24 or 800-227-0046 e-mail Kevin@iceagetrail.org
The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a nonprofit volunteer— and member-based organization established in 1958 that works to build, maintain and promote the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. One of only 11 National Scenic Trails, the Ice Age Trail is a thousand-mile footpath that highlights Wisconsin's world-renowned Ice Age heritage and natural resources. Visit iceagetrail.org to learn more.