Kettle Moraine State Forest
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Parnell Observation Tower
LocationWisconsin, United States
Governing bodyWisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center
Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center

The Kettle Moraine State Forest is a state forest in southeastern Wisconsin. The chief feature of the reserve is the Kettle Moraine, a highly glaciated area. The area contains very hilly terrain and glacial landforms, such as kettles, kames and eskers. The 56,000-acre (23,000 ha)[1] forest is divided into two large and three small units, which are spread across a hundred miles.

The forest includes 250 miles (400 km) of hiking trails, almost 100 miles (160 km) of cross-country ski trails, 130 miles (210 km) of equestrian trails, 150 miles (240 km) of snowmobile trails, 75 miles (121 km) of off-road bicycle trails including 30 miles (48 km) of singletrack trail, and 750 campsites.[1]

All units include a portion of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and most units have horse/snowmobile trails. Several areas of trail loops for hiking, biking and skiing can be found in the northern and southern units.

Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive is a 115-mile (185 km) scenic route that winds across southeastern Wisconsin, and through all five forest units.

Forest units

Sign entering southern unit
Sign entering southern unit

See also


  1. ^ a b McFadzen, Mike (December 2014). "The Kettle Moraine State Forest has the cure for cabin fever". Wisconsin Natural Resources. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: 4–6. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  2. ^ "Southern Kettle Moraine Waters Master Planning - Wisconsin DNR". Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2017-12-18.

Coordinates: 43°35′00″N 88°11′00″W / 43.5833°N 88.1833°W / 43.5833; -88.1833