Melanie Radzicki McManus has hiked more than 9,700 miles (15,611 km) over the last decade in locales around the globe. She is currently in the midst of hiking all 11 of America’s National Scenic Trails. To date she has completed the Arizona Trail (800 miles / 1,287.5 km),  Florida Trail (1,200 miles / 1,931.2 km), Ice Age Trail (1,150 miles / 1,850.8 km – twice!), Natchez Trace (450 miles / 724.2 km), New England Trail (215 miles / 346 km). and the Potomac Heritage Trail (750 miles / 1,207 km). She has also completed 2,466 miles (3.969 km) of the North Country Trail and 113 miles (182 km) of the Continental Divide.

Melanie is eager to share her expertise on hiking, our National Scenic Trail System and women in the outdoors. She is also passionate about helping local communities realize the myriad ways in which they can benefit from hiking’s surging popularity. In addition to giving engaging presentations to organizations, universities, resorts and private groups, she has been featured in a variety of television and radio shows, plus in print and online media.

In 2017, the Wisconsin Historical Society Press published Melanie’s hiking memoir Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail. She is also available for audio or video chats with book clubs that have read her memoir.


To inquire about a speaking engagement, contact Melanie.

Interviews + Media Mentions



Melanie gave an over-the-top performance at our biennial convention. I cannot tell you how many people approached me the next day to say how much they enjoyed her talk. She knocked it out of the ballpark!

Sammy Hunnicutt, Southwest Regional Director, American Volkssport Association


Melanie is a great speaker. During her talk, as I looked around our group, no one was even picking up their coffee cup, let alone their phone! Many of our members have since read her book, and a few were so inspired that they have already been hiking some of the Ice Age Trail.

Rose Freidel, real estate agent and Rotary Club member


Melanie connected well with our audience, relaying her life experiences on the trail as well as being engaging, informative and inspiring! Throughout the event, we heard several positive comments about her presentation.

Julie Bollmann, outreach specialist, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at Wausau


Melanie entertained us with the history, geology and wonderful stories about Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail. All of us learned something new from her delightful presentation.

Ed Abell, president, Maywood Environmental Park

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