Enjoy outdoor recreation close to home!

locator mapThe Glacial Heritage Area (GHA) is a network of parks, wildlife and natural areas, historic and cultural sites connected to each other and nearby cities and villages by trails and waterways and preserves, all connected by trails and waterways — like and pearls on a string.

It provides recreational activities, preserves wildlife and water resources, complements voluntary protection of working farms, combines ecology and economies to improve residents' quality of life and unites various groups with common the common goal of preserving these precious pearls.

This string of pearls is also an economic development engine that meets a growing demand for accessible and diverse recreational choices between Madison and Milwaukee. It provides exciting economic development opportunities, such as goods and services sold to GHA users, attracting potential customers to businesses within the region and by promoting the area's businesses and agricultural interests.

Parts of the network are in place and offer exceptional opportunities to bike, bird watch, hunt, paddle, fish, and hike. Additional portions are in the works.

Come to visit!

To learn more about GHA, the opportunities it provides, how you can help, or to get a recreation asset map, contact:

Joseph Nehmer, Director
Jefferson County Parks
(920) 674-7260

vacancy, GHA Project Manager,
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Friends of Glacial Heritage Area
(608) 764-5932

Volunteer Opportunity - Mountain Biking Trails

Jefferson County Parks Department is looking for volunteers to help build mountain biking trails. We currently have four weekend volunteer trail building dates scheduled to build new, single track trails adjacent to the Glacial River Trail between Jefferson and Fort Atkinson. The work will include digging, grubbing, raking, cutting, and hiking on the trails as we build them out. Interested Volunteers should meet at the White garage along Annex Road in Jefferson. Annex road is right across from the new highway department buildings. Please contact Parks Supervisor Kevin Wiesmann with any questions (920-674-7540). Thank you! We are looking for volunteers on the following dates:

  • Saturday October 24th, 8:00 AM
  • Saturday October 31st, 8:00 AM
  • Saturday November 7th, 8:00 AM
  • Saturday November 14th, 8:00 AM

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