Muskego Recreation Trail

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The Muskego Recreation Trail follows a corridor originally used by the Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light, an interurban railroad in southeastern Wisconsin. The corridor was later acquired by Wisconsin Electric Power Company, which is known today as We Energies. The Recreation Trail connects seamlessly with the City of Franklin Hike and Bike Trail at the Milwaukee–Waukesha county line, taking you an additional 1.5 miles east to Franklin.

A good place to start the Muskego Recreation Trail is in the residential community just across from the entrance to the Muskego County Park. A sign marks the trail entrance. If you head west from the park, you will travel nearly 2 miles along a dirt path to the village of Big Bend. This section of trail is best suited to mountain bike riders, walkers, and equestrians.

Going east from the park, you'll find a white crushed-stone surface that cuts through the surrounding greenery and is draped with power lines overhead. It is an easy level ride throughout. The first couple miles take you through the residential community of Muskego; however, immediately after crossing over Mystic Drive, the scenery quickly changes to beautiful farmland and woodland scenery.

When you cross into Milwaukee County, you will see trail signage indicating that you have joined the City of Franklin Hike and Bike Path. Continue into Franklin.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Muskego Recreation Trail is at Muskego County Park. Take Racine Avenue (County Road Y) south to Janesville Road. Turn right on Janesville Road to the Muskego County Park (on your right). The trailhead is immediately across the street from Muskego County park entrance.

Other nearby places to park include Horn Park (east side of Racine Avenue/County Road Y) and Bluhm Park (just north of the trail on its eastern end).


west of lannon road in muskego, pulverized asphalt - yuck!

   December, 2015 by y1htak

Beautiful winter day to ride. Sunny, 40F, light breeze. Snow has melted but a skin of ice on the ponds along the trail. Quite a few people were out biking and walking. We picked up Muskego trail at Moreland Road and headed west to just past Lannon more

Franklin to Big Bend, Pulverized asphalt at one end, Challenging surface

   November, 2015 by y1htak

We ride this trail a lot. Usually we take the Oak Leaf trail south to Drexel, then head north. Drexel has a quite an uphill and after you cross Lover's Lane Road it turns into Church Street. The Franklin trail appears after St. Martins road. You got more