Enjoy outdoor recreation close to home!
The 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
Greg Matthews, GHA Project Manager,
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Friends of Glacial Heritage Area
New Regional Trailhead Facility
The groundbreaking of the Waterloo Regional Trailhead Facility on April 25 was attended by many excited and enthusiastic people representing governmental, educational, and business groups. The Glacial Heritage Area will now have a home in which visitors may learn about the recreation, trails, and wildlife within greater Jefferson. It works towards GHA's goal to connect our communities and green spaces through a network of recreational biking and cycling trails.