Algoma, WI Named an Official Ice Age Trail Community! New Trail segment coming soon

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Cross Plains, Wis. (July 8, 2024) —Already a cruise ship destination, Algoma will now be a hiker destination, thanks to its designation as an official Ice Age Trail Community.

Algoma WI Ice Age Trail Community

The Ice Age Trail Community program, which is run by the Ice Age Trail Alliance, helps communities leverage the Ice Age National Scenic Trail as an economic and social engine. Algoma is the 22nd community along the Trail to receive the official designation.

“Commitment to this program represents an agreement to build healthy and vibrant communities,” says Amy Lord, Outreach and Education Manager for the Ice Age Trail Alliance. “It is a partnership between the Alliance and Algoma to cross-promote one another; and support the community and Ice Age Trail users.”

“We’re excited to welcome Algoma as a Trail Community,” Lord says. “It’s such a friendly, welcoming city. Ice Age Trail hikers will love exploring all it has to offer. A Trail Community often becomes “home base” for Ice Age Trail enthusiasts tackling the Trail in the vicinity.

“After a long hike, they’ll discover a good restaurant or a nice place to stay. They’ll have a great experience, think fondly of their visit,” says Luke Kloberdanz, Executive Director and CEO of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, “which leads to another visit in the future. We know Trail supporters and volunteers will have a positive impact at the local level in Algoma.”

“Trail Community designation enhances Algoma’s reputation as a destination for outdoor enthusiasts,” says Matt Murphy, City Administrator & Public Works Director for the City of Algoma<

More Blazed Trail Coming Soon: Algoma Segment

Kewaunee County is home to roughly 50 miles of Ice Age Trail, including completed, blazed segments and connecting routes between completed segments. Plans are currently in the works to blaze more than three miles of Ice Age Trail through Algoma. This will be a new Trail segment, named after the community.

“Trail segments that go through communities are some of the most popular,” says Kloberdanz, noting the Trail purposely going through communities sets it apart from other National Scenic Trails. “You get to see up close what makes that community unique. You get a real sense of Wisconsin.”

When the Algoma Segment is blazed, more than 700 miles of the Trail will be complete. The mission of the Alliance is to complete the entire 1,200-mile route.

Designation Celebration to Include Ribbon Cutting and Guided Hike.
>To celebrate the Trail Community designation and opening of the Algoma Segment, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a guided hike on the newly blazed Trail.

The celebration will take place:
Date: Sunday, August 25, 2024
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Algoma Boat Club 180 6th St. (Next to the Algoma Trailhead)
The event will feature the STEEL BELLY BBQ food truck. Cake and ice cream will be served.

The celebration is open to the public and is a great opportunity to learn more about the Ice Age Trail and Ice Age Trail Alliance.

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About the Ice Age National Scenic Trail:

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a 1,200-mile footpath contained entirely within Wisconsin. It traverses the state from St. Croix Falls in the west, to Sturgeon Bay in the east, going as far south as Janesville. One of 11 National Scenic Trails, the Ice Age Trail highlights the landscapes that were carved out by ancient glaciers, which happen to be some of the most beautiful areas in the state. Approximately 60% of Wisconsin residents live within 20 miles of the Ice Age Trail.

About the Ice Age Trail Alliance
The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a nonprofit, member- and volunteer-based organization that conserves, creates, maintains, and promotes the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. For more information visit IceAgeTrail.org.

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