Hank Aaron State Trail

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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.

Parking and Trail Access

You can access the Hand Aaron State Trail at:

Mitchell Boulevard in the VA grounds

56th Street from the south

Hawley Road

68th Street from the north at Dickenson

76th Street

89th Street from the south

94th Place

From the Oak Leaf Trail at Blue Mound Rd.

Reviews

   August, 2013 by ajobrien3

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Hank Aaron State Trail

   April, 2013 by johnstorch

Nice trail. Good change of scenery along the way. Just enough curves in the road, slight elevation changes for the most part (although there is one tougher hill in the Valley), adequate tree cover from the sun on hot days. A little iffy getting from the ...read more

The trail in 2012

   March, 2013 by josephschlaefer

I really do not like the fact that you are on "the side walk along Canal Street". West of 35th street it is a nice trail. However you need to ride on the 35th street bridge and Canal street to 6th street where again you need to ride on the 6th street ...read more