Whether you’re looking to walk, run, bike, or cross-country ski, Milwaukee has a trail for you. Take a leisurely stroll through a beautiful natural setting or grab your bike for a serious 100-mile loop; these trails are the perfect way to set out and explore the Greater Milwaukee area.
Oak Leaf Trail
The trail is a 100+ mile biker’s, runner’s, and walker’s paradise encircling Milwaukee County. The scenery along this spectacular trail network is outstanding and ever-changing, including wooded sections of the Milwaukee River. A lengthy section of the east side trail follows an abandoned railroad corridor along the east side of the river.
Hank Aaron State Trail
The Hank Aaron State Trail stretches from the lakefront to Miller Park and beyond. Enjoy a mix of urban settings and natural scenes on this trail, which runs west on-street from Lakeshore State Park through the Historic Third Ward. It continues along Canal Street in the Menomonee River Valley, and then goes off-street along the river and on dedicated trails for more than 6 miles.
The Beerline trail runs north to south along the western side of the Milwaukee River. The trail is named “Beerline” because of its proximity to where many of the old Milwaukee breweries were located. The trail begins at Pleasant Street, just north of downtown and goes north through Gordon Park. It continues through the Riverwest neighborhood following the path of an old railroad line. At just under 4 miles, the trail extends just of Capitol Drive to the border between the city of Milwaukee and Glendale.
Seven Bridges Trail
Seven Bridges Trail is one of the most scenic in the area and is beloved by locals. Enter Grant Park at South Lake Drive and Park Avenue. Travel about an eighth of a mile, and on your left, you’ll see parking spaces with a path leading to the Covered Bridge, the trail's main entrance. The trail is about 2 miles in length.
Wehr Nature Center Trails
Explore prairie, woodlands, wetlands, an oak savanna, and Mallard Lake – these natural communities are contained within Wehr Nature Center's 200 acres at Whitnall Park. Over 5 miles of trails loop through and link these communities and give you the opportunity to see the homes and habitats of Wisconsin wildlife. Trail loops range from 0.5–1.7 miles.
Havenwoods State Forest Trails
Havenwoords State Forest, near Glendale and Bayshore Town Center, has more than 6 miles of trails, including one specifically for walking your pup, and another 2.7 mile-route that’s perfect for cross-country running.