The Dane County chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance will celebrate National Trails Day with a pair of hikes on the Verona area portion of the trail.
On Saturday, June 1, participants in the eighth annual “Hike-a-Thon” will start either a 5- or 20-mile hike by gathering at Badger Prairie County Park, 4654 Maple Grove Dr. From there, participants in the 5-mile hike will be bused to Prairie Moraine County Park, and those doing the 20-mile will be driving to Brooklyn State Wildlife Area.
The 20-mile hike group will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Shelter No. 1, and the 5-mile group will begin at 12:30 p.m. The groups are both expected to finish the hike around 3:30 p.m. that day, with a celebration with refreshments held immediately afterward at Badger Prairie County Park.
A pledge of at least $40 to the Ice Age Trail Alliance is required for participation. The funds raised are used to “build, maintain and protect” the trail, the Alliance’s website states. More than $30,000 has been raised for the Alliance during the last seven years of the event.
Dogs are not allowed during the Hike-a-Thon.
For more information, visit iceagetrail.org and visit the “Calendar” tab.