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Ice Age Trail

The divine Devil's Lake

In Wisconsin's Baraboo Hills, a stunning state park makes people come running.

In Wisconsin, a bunch of rocks sets hearts aflutter.

They enchant geologists, of course, but also scuba divers, rock climbers and botanists. The rest of us, too — hikers, birders, campers, Boy Scouts.

We all go to give Devil's Lake its due.

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Trail mix in St. Croix Falls

For hikers, bicyclists and paddlers, this river town is a crossroads.

In western Wisconsin, St. Croix Falls has become a destination for people who want to go places.

It's the western terminus of the 1,000-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail, which traces the last glacier as it began to melt and retreat northward, leaving a marvelously lumpy patchwork of rock, rubble and river gorges.

It's the southern trailhead of the 48-mile Gandy Dancer State Trail, a scenic crushed-limestone bicycle trail named for the rail workers who rhythmically swung pickaxes and hammers made by the Gandy Tool Co.

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Tracing the Ice Age Trail

In north-central Wisconsin, a slow-moving monolith left a playground for weekend wanderers.

When the last glacier melted out of Wisconsin, it left a gift to future generations.

It wasn't much at first — boulders, heaps of gravel, water, chunks of ice trapped under rubble.

But over time, the ice seeped away and created kettle lakes for fishermen. The raging meltwater stripped away softer rock, leaving walls of volcanic rock for climbers and scenic river gorges for canoeists.

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