Explore the most popular river trails near Milwaukee with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

good for quick runs.

hiking
5 months ago

This was my first attempt at hiking and I chose this trail cause it was under the easy category. The trail is easy in the sense that there isn’t a lot of hills, the terrain is mostly flat. However if you are a beginner I would choose a much shorter trail. This trail is 19 miles long. In 2 hours we had hiked 5 miles and I turned around and went back to the car. Ultimately we ended up doing 10.5 miles in just under 4 hours. Needless to say we were pooped and quite sore when we returned to our vehicle. The scenery is peaceful and nice to look at. There are a lot of bikers so be prepared to move over a lot.

Very Peaceful. Not heavily trafficked.

trail running
7 months ago

Such a beautiful park, hidden in the city! I went to run the trails to get a break from the roads/sidewalks. I had to run quite a few loops but was able to knock out 11 miles here. Its a very easy trail, technically-speaking. Very peaceful!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike. Can be done in less than an hour.

I loved this trail great scenery! However, spiders were an issue at times, but the trail was amazing and it's near one of my favorite golf courses.

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trails for a park hidden in the city. Dogs not allowed in most areas, which was a bit disappointing to learn after arriving. The areas we could go were along a service path, so we weren't able to enjoy as much of the natural setting as we had hoped for, but it was still nice.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Great running trail in the heart of Milwaukee

road biking
Monday, August 29, 2016

love the river and wildlife

birding
Saturday, July 02, 2016

The Arboretum is 40 acres of urban nature uniquely managed as an outdoor classroom, research site and public sanctuary - free for everyone to enjoy! The Arboretum is all about connecting people with nature in their neighborhood, and provides many community and ecological benefits, including:

Expanding the outdoor classroom used by Urban Ecology Center educators. Increasing diversity of native plant species that provide a source of seed stock for the region and provide a better habitat for native wildlife. Improving water quality and reducing storm water runoff by replacing invasive species with deep-rooted native species. Increasing opportunities for ecological research in a unique urban environment. Increasing community access to the Milwaukee River with a path accessible to those with limited mobility and families with strollers.

birding
Thursday, June 16, 2016

The land includes grasslands, woods, wetlands, Lincoln Creek, an urban arboretum, and education gardens. The Environmental Awareness Center includes an auditorium, classrooms, displays, and a resource center. There are trails for nature study, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing.

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Really nice park with a cool interconnecting trail system but there's a lot of people and it's very flat

Sunday, September 20, 2015

I rode along the Hank Aaron Trail as they were developing it into what it is today. I haven't been through since they finished the miller park way/canal street areas but i remember it being a beautiful hidden trail. Once you get past Palermo's it was kinda gross with the bio pool and warehouses along the trail nearing Potowatomi but i'm not sure how that's changed in 3 years or more since I was there... I know the part nearer Miller Park was a beautiful river trail with wildflowers galore and cool little bridges crossing over to woodsy areas.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

I used to ride my bike from shorewood through downtown multiple times per day and loved the change in environment throughout. It goes from suburban feeling to urban to woodsy and back to urban and it is nice if you're not looking for that solitude. I like that i've seen some weird creatures on this trail as well.

If you are looking for that solitude there are points along the trail were you can veer off and get down to the river and sit on the banks and watch ducks or herons or the strange river creatures. If i was a mountain biker i would definitely explore doing that because I once found some kids with their BMX bikes in this dirt area jumping hills in the trees off the trail.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

This trail is awesome, with the exception of the industrial area of the Menomonee valley.

mountain biking
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The trail system is actually 10-20 miles long and crosses several major 4-6 lane roads. There is a group ride every Tuesday starting at 6:30, I believe, which I highly recommend just so you can get a feel for where the trail goes. There is a hard to follow section through some normal width roads which is the only way to follow the trail, so if you want to maximize the amount of trail you can ride, I again recommend going with the group the first time you go. Also, beware of LOTS of broken glass in the section within the park, close to the jumps.

mountain biking
Monday, May 14, 2012

great trail for beginners. few cool little parts for expert riders. even a small little jump section. fairly short...about 2.5 miles. all in all its a pretty decent ride

hiking
Saturday, April 21, 2012

The map on AllTrails is not accurate. The trail is actually a couple miles west on Swan Road behind the County Parks property and the Escweiler Buildings. By the way, I'm only submitting one star on this trail because you have to pick a rating to submit a comment.

trail running
Sunday, May 30, 2010

I ran this trail several times while preparing for a marathon. While it is rumored that the trail will provide more off-road pathways in the future, at this time it seems that the much of the trail follows city streets. It is mostly flat, paved, and does have a nice off-road stretch along Lake Michigan (Bay View) as well as the Menomonee River (Wauwatosa). There are other runners on the trail, but it is is largely used for biking.

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