The Zilmer trail is located on County Highway SS, about one quarter mile west of County Highway. G. The Zillmer Trail has 4 different trails for hikers with different levels of skill. Combined there is about 8 miles of trail. The south trail has picnic tables, grills and drinking water. The trail can be accessed at the main entrance and also from the Ice Age Visitor Center. A rustic backpack shelter is located along the trail. For those of you who sky, the trails are groomed in winter. Please not that you can not hike the trails when there is snow on the ground. Closed to hunting with firearms, except during deer gun and spring turkey seasons. This trail is a medium skill trail. There's a good amount of uphill hiking. I have been fortunate enough to hike these trails dozens of times. The Zilmer trail was a favorite of my day care children. The trails were hard enough to tire them out, but easy enough that I could don a baby backpack and hike with a 6 month old on my back. The most beautiful time to come here is in the fall. The colors are fantastic and it's not so hot that you tire quickly.
This was the toughest biking I did while I was in Wisconsin. I did the green trail, not even the purple and ended up carrying my bike up a few of the hills. Just a little note, make sure you bring lots of mosquito spray if you go in the summer. The Greenbush Trail system is located on Kettle Moraine Drive about 2.5 miles north of State Highway 67. This is one of the larger trail sytems with 4 trails totally 9 miles. Hikers and mountain bikers share these trails, so be careful if you come here. This trail like most other trails in this area are groomed for cross country skiing in the winter. Hiking is not allowed when snow is on the ground. At the trailhead there is a heated picnic shelter, picnic tables, grill, drinking water and vault toilets.
This is another really easy trail. I took my daycare children hear when I was 8 months pregnant. If a pregnant lady can hike this anyone can. The Parnell trails are on county U about 1/4 mile west of County Highway A. The three and a half mile loop begins with a set of stairs that lead to the highest point of elevation in the Kettle Moraine Forest. At the top of the steps in a 60 foot observation tower. From there you can see the landscape which was formed by glaciers long ago. If you follow the trail you will come upon a rustic backpack shelter. At the beginning of the trails are picnic tables, grills, a bubbler (drinking fountain) and vault toilets. You can see Holy Hill from the top of the tower.
If you are really into how the area was formed this would be a good stop for you.
The ice age center goes into great detail the scientific explanation of how this area was formed and why. I really don't think younger children appreciate this stop, but older children and adults that are into geology and science tend to love it. They have several programs scheduled through out the year. The center consists of a 20 minute film, displays and offers other forest information. The center is located a half mile west of Dundee on Highway 67. This center also is staffed by volunteers.
The New Fane trail was another favorite of my day care children. Mostly because you can ride your bike here. When we came here, some of us had bikes others walked. This was always a multi teacher outin. While I road on off ahead with the school age children on bikes, the younger children walked the easy trail with other staff. The trail system is located on County Line Road, about 1.5 miles east of Kettle Moraine Drive. The New Fane Trail is significantly smaller than the Zilmer Trail system at a mere 5.5 miles. There are 3 or 4 different trails for different skill levels. There is also a short connector trail trail allows access to the Ice Age Trail. In the winter time the trails are groomed for cross country skiing. Hiking is prohibited when snow is on the ground.
This is a very easy trail to hike and to bike. Bikers need to be extra careful of children since many families hike here due to its ease.