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This is a "taster" for unpaved riding, with about 30% crushed granite gravel roads through mostly flat, marsh-like terrain. The loop route connects Stevens Point and Mosinee, passes through the Dewey Marsh and George Mead State Natural Areas, and crosses the Wisconsin River, the Big Eau Pleine Reservoir and Little Eau Pleine Flowage.
Created with Halloween in mind, this 100K+ passes by many cemeteries.
While it isn't necessary to enter any of the cemeteries to complete this ride, if you intend to visit please allow enough time to finish before dark out of respect for the communities.
Although not part of the official Ice Age National Scenic Trail, the Ice Age Trail Alliance of Portage County has labeled a scenic bike route on local roads and county highways through glacier territory.
The route has been marked, but several of the signs have been knocked down or vandalized, so bringing a map or programming a GPS would be a good idea.
This route features a variety of Central Wisconsin landscapes from glimpses of the Wisconsin River/Lake Dubay, to forests, flats, hills, and farmlands.
This out-and-back route passes through scenic farmland and the gentle rolling hills of souteastern Portage County's morraine territory on its way into the village of Wild Rose in north-central Waushara County.
Ride from central Wisconsin south through farmlands and forests along county highways that were once US-51 and into Madison, experiencing the city's bike friendly infrastructure along with a close-up view of the capitol building.
This is a popular family camping spot, which is why I prefer to visit early in the year when the masses think its still too cold. It is close to Stevens Point and is easily reachable even early in the season before the bike legs return to peak condition. Within the context of Portage County, the route is hilly side with the park located near the terminal morraines of Eastern Portage/Western Waupaca counties. While there, I have enjoyed getting off the bike for awhile and hiking sections of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The start of the Portage County Ice Age Bike Trail is also nearby.
This popular Marathon County park offers a beautiful view of the falls and hiking trails along the Eau Claire river, as well as a beach, picnic areas, and camping (including a group site). There is also access to the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
Just north of Camp New Wood County Park in Lincoln county, the campground features primitive camping adjacent to the Wisconsin River. This park also provides access to the Ice Age Trail. When coming from Merrill to the south, experience Father Menard's hill just a few miles before the park. After the climb, enjoy ride down and know you're almost there!
This recreation area in the Lincoln County Forest unit has several primitive camping spots available for a small fee on a first come first serve basis. The unit features a variety of trails: horse trails, ATV trails, and a section of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Consider the time of year of your visit, and be prepared to deal with ticks and mosquitos accordingly. Water is available from a hand pump, and the well maintaned vault toilets are open year round.