NOTE: The Hank Aaron State Trail will be closed from 94th Place to the Oak Leaf Trail for the construction of bridges and structures over the trail until the summer of 2017. For more information, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
The Hank Aaron State Trail follows the Menomonee River from Lake Michigan west about 13.5 miles. Before settlement, the river valley was a wild rice marsh and home to Native Americans. In the 1800s, the valley was filled in to pave the way for industry. The Chicago, Milwaukee, & St. Paul Railway once thundered through, carrying passengers and goods to other parts of the country. The Hank Aaron State Trail now occupies much of that rail bed.
The well-used trail provides an ideal travel route for bicyclists, walkers, runners and inline skaters. It begins at Lakeshore State Park near the Henry W. Maier Festival Grounds in Milwaukee and heads west through the historic Third Ward, past Miller Park (home of Major League Baseball's Milwaukee Brewers), ending in Elm Grove at Blue Mound Road.
Interpretive signs along the trail relate the cultural, social, industrial and natural history of the Menomonee Valley, and you will enjoy the trail art, which honors Wisconsin's Native Americans. The Hank Aaron State Trail links to Milwaukee County's 96-mile Oak Leaf Trail, at S. 84th Street; Florida and 2nd streets; the Young Street bridge; Blue Mound Road; and the Lake Michigan waterfront.
While the vast majority of the trail is paved, the westernmost couple of miles have a crushed limestone surface. This segment will be paved upon completion of the Interstate 94 reconfiguration at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Currently, a signed on-road detour takes trail users around the construction.
You can access the Hand Aaron State Trail at:
Mitchell Boulevard in the VA grounds
56th Street from the south
68th Street from the north at Dickenson
89th Street from the south
From the Oak Leaf Trail at Blue Mound Rd.