Bikers and Hikers Can Enjoy Wisconsin's Premier Trails in Delafield

Delafield, Wisconsin is intersected by the finest hiking and biking trails in the state of Wisconsin

JUNE 2, 2011, DELAFIELD, Wis.— Delafield, Wisconsin is intersected by the finest hiking and biking trails in the state of Wisconsin, which fan off in almost every direction, making Delafield an excellent destination for a weekend outdoors.

Halfway between Milwaukee and Madison and set amid dozens of lakes in southeastern Wisconsin's aptly named "Lake Country" area, Delafield is close to many regional events and attractions, but far enough away to host miles of trails that allow runners, bikers, walkers, inline skaters and even horseback riders to experience the serenity of woodlands, prairies, and lake views. Flat smooth pavement or rugged, challenging paths give visitors many options.

Lapham Peak in Kettle Moraine State Forest
Lapham Peak is home to five different looped trails, plus a portion of Wisconsin's 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail, one of just ten national scenic trails in the US. Through woods and prairies, friendly paved sections and more arduous routes, these trails are filled with wildlife and nature, and just five minutes from downtown Delafield. Along with picnic areas and shelters that can be rented for family reunions or other gatherings, Lapham Peak is anchored by a soaring 45-foot observation tower, so guests can take in breathtaking views of most of Waukesha County.

Glacial Drumlin State Trail
A 52-mile trek through glacial landscapes and small towns, the Glacial Drumlin Trail is a popular hiking/biking trail that stretches from Waukesha to Cottage Grove. A lengthy paved section in the eastern part of the trail accommodates inline skaters and bikers as well as runners and walkers. Its level terrain is attractive to families as well as serious athletes.

Ice Age National Scenic Trail
A lesser-known sister to the Appalachian Trail, the Ice Age Trail spans nearly 1,200 miles through the heartland of Wisconsin, tracing terrain that was deposited by the glacier's edge. A portion of it winds through Lapham Peak before continuing on its way, and it offers a walk-in campsite for those backpackers seeking refuge along its route.

Lake Country Recreational Trail
An 8-mile paved recreation trail located on the former Milwaukee - Watertown Interurban Railway, this is the newest trail in Delafield. It cuts through forest, prairie, and marsh wildlife and landscapes and meets up with the Glacial Drumlin Trail.

After a full day outdoors, Delafield offers lively evenings at locally owned brew houses and eateries, inviting coffee shops, and delicious restaurants that are plentiful throughout this getaway. Tour nearby historic sites including Old World Wisconsin, and Hawk's Inn, Delafield's own fully-restored stagecoach stop (Tours opening May 7th). During Summerfest, Milwaukee's famous 11-day music festival, stay in Delafield and hop a shuttle minutes from your hotel for a hassle free ride right to the main gate of the festival. Stay for the weekend and enjoy unique events in the city of Delafield: Delafield 5K Run/Walk and Kids' Fun Run (June 18), Delafield Block Party - Food and Music Festival (July 8-9) and the Lake Country Art Festival (July 9), just to name a few.

Many hotels await your stay in Delafield: from the locally-owned Country Pride Inn; the luxurious Delafield Hotel, a boutique hotel named to Conde Nast Magazine's 2009 Traveler's Hot List; to popular Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites; and La Quinta Inn & Suites.

Go to visitdelafield.org to find details about upcoming events and plan your getaway to Delafield, or call 1-888-294-1082. Also find us on Twitter (@visitdelafield) and Facebook (facebook.com/visitdelafield). We can't wait to see you!

 


News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Luke Kloberdanz, IATA staff (800-227-0046, luke@iceagetrail.org)

The City of Delafield becomes an Ice Age Trail Community

Delafield, WI — When complete, the Ice Age National Scenic Trail will cross approximately 132 communities in 31 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. Along the way, the Trail takes users to some of the best glacial features in the world, provides opportunities for personal rejuvenation, is an outdoor classroom, and is an economic resource for communities. These assets make the Ice Age Trail a welcome addition to many communities ranging from small roadside stops to bustling metropolises.

The Ice Age Trail Alliance has established the Ice Age Trail Community program, designed to help communities leverage the Trail as an economic and social engine, while promoting the Ice Age National Scenic Trail to community members and visitors alike. Commitment to this program represents an agreement to cross promote one another, building healthy and vibrant communities.

The City of Delafield is the most recent addition to the Ice Age Trail Community roster. Tucked in the heart of the Kettle Moraine, Delafield is rich with outdoor beauty and year-round recreational activities. It offers casual and award-winning dining, lodging, specialty shopping and unique historic sites. Delafield is full of friendly faces and stays true to its small town ideals.

To celebrate this designation the Alliance and City of Delafield plan to host a National Trails Day event on June 3rd, 2017. Details to follow.

The Ice Age Trail, one of only eleven National Scenic Trails, is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting Wisconsin's world-renowned Ice Age heritage and natural resources.

The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a non-profit volunteer- and member-based organization established in 1958 that works to create, support and protect the Ice Age Trail. Visit www.iceagetrail.org for hiking information and volunteer opportunities.

Delafield is a vibrant city, nestled in-between Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin, and is set among the tranquil waters and rolling hills of Waukesha County’s “Lake Country." For more information, please call the Delafield Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Council at 1-888-294-1082 or visit www.visitdelafield.orgAlso find us on Twitter (@visitdelafield) and Facebook (facebook.com/visitdelafield).

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