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

Greg Matthews, GHA Project Manager,
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
(608) 275-3320

Friends of Glacial Heritage Area
(608) 764-5932

Rock River Trail: Drive, Bike or Paddle

The Rock River Trail Initiative has wonderfully detailed maps online to enjoy the Rock River by paddle craft, bicycle, or car. All maps are online and free. You'll find GPS maps and cue sheets for bicycing, section water trail routes, and a great driving tour maps.

New Crawfish River Park

Looking for a new place to take a hike? Check out the trails at the new Crawfish River County Park, located just west of the City of Jefferson on the banks of Crawfish River. Andy Didion of the Friends of Crawfish River Park says the woods were full of Trout Lily, Bloodroot, and Dutchman's Breeches this spring. Andy also advises that the best place to park is on Highway 18, just in front of the bridge. You can walk down the bike path to the trails. Check out the Friends of Crawfish River Park for photos and other information.

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