Runner's World Magazine ranks the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in the Southern Kettle Moraine area as one of the "crown jewels" of trail running in the United States.
The home to the Ice Age 50 and Kettle Moraine 100 Endurance Runs made the magazine's top 25 in a special edition focused on trails, runners and races. The featured section would be found from the trailhead off Highway 12, west of La Grange, or via the path from the Nordic Trails in the state forest.
Here's the Runner's World description: "...You'll find a mix of evergreen and deciduous groves interspersed with prairies, ponds, marshes and kettles left behind by long-ago ice floes."
It's familiar terrain for the hundreds of folks who hike the trail, and the endurance athletes who train and race over its hills, potholes and ridges.
For those who favor the Ice Age in the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, the annual Glacial Trail 50 will be contested on Oct. 9.