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Explore the best rated trails in Milwaukee, WI, whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Kenosha County Bike Trail (Route of the Badger) and Racine-Sturtevant Trail (Route of the Badger) . With more than 56 trails covering 745 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Root River Pathway (Route of the Badger)

Charming, Tricky, Gritty

April, 2024 by deetiffanylb

Be aware. Signage not good 1st part of south end (where we began).
Trail Link map + GPS very helpful. Since signs are more in keeping w/ biking, than nose on phone, a suggestion: At decision points pls post signs, rather than down the road when you’ve luckily made a correct turn. Once through that the South end chains thru parks, many charming bridges over The Root River. North end signage was elusive too. We park near Zoo, biked along shore line, cut West to pick up trail just west of Main Street bridge and enjoyed 90% of the ride back toward North/car. A leisurely and scenic ride except for the navigation guessing game at beginning and end.

Brown Deer Recreational Trail

Oak Leaf > Ozaukee Interurban Connector

February, 2024 by davesnyder1622

Officially part of the Milwaukee County Oak Leaf Trail system, this connector joins the Oak Leaf loop at Brown Deer Park and meets the Ozaukee Interurban Trail seamlessly at County Line Road. Combined with the Oak Leaf’s Lakefront, River Line and Zip Line segments, they provide straight, smooth pavement on railbed between downtown Milwaukee and Cedarburg, and beyond.

Oak Leaf Trail (Route of the Badger)

South Shore Line

November, 2023 by thejake91739

On a perfect weekday morning in early October I experienced by bicycle the South Shore portion of the Oak Leaf Trail.
I parked in the Grant Park Beach parking lot in South Milwaukee and headed north to Cupertino Park and then back, a distance of about twelve miles. Even though it was such a short ride it took me over two hours since I had to frequently stop for the awesome photo ops. The views of the lake and the Milwaukee skyline are sensational!
The trail is obviously beloved by the community. Not only were there plenty of other bicyclists, but there were a tremendous amount of friendly pedestrians walking their dogs or getting their steps in, especially in Bay View Park.
The South Shore portion of the trail has so much to offer: woods, tree lined streets with charming homes, wildflowers, squirrels, geese, shoreline, lots of curves, five parks, yachts, and plenty of benches to take in the marvelous views of Lake Michigan and the downtown skyline. Besides the lake views, I especially enjoyed the curvy trail covered in golden leaves through the woods of Grant Park.

TWO WORDS OF WARNING:
1) There are hills.
2) There are cracked and uplifted portions of trail through the woods of Grant Park due to tree roots. They will effectively work like speed bumps and slow you down a bit.

However, all in all, this is an enjoyable ride and certainly worthy of your time and five stars!

Accordion

Duck Lake Nature Area Trail

Easy walk on a grassy former railroad bed

October, 2023 by markwboettcher

This trail was actually a former C&NW railway that served Lake Geneva and terminated in Williams Bay. Service to Williams Bay started in 1888 and ended in 1965. Service to Lake Geneva ended in 1975. Thanks to Maxine Thoorsell for starting the conversion of turning this former railway into a nature trail. It is an easy grass covered walk and the trail is 1.7 miles in length. You can also access the trail at the boat launch to the west...behind the barn. A separate trail that is part of this former railway extends from Williams Bay Northeast up to Hwy 50 in the Kishwaukeetoe Conservancy

Bugline Trail (Route of the Badger)

Excellent trail ride

September, 2023 by jcook1950_tl

trail is in perfect condition and while there were a fair number of users, it was never crowded or congested on this saturday morning. It was a joy to ride roundtrip from menomonee falls to north lake. The only steep hill is in merton just east of dorn road. The small towns of sussex and lannon have some taverns that look interesting. Menomonee park above the north part of the trail just west of lannon road is worth a visit.

Glacial Drumlin State Trail (Route of the Badger)

awesome trail

September, 2023 by k9htwmcdmg

One of the best trails in Milwaukee area. Very scenic , beautifully paved . Stop in Dousman at Bicycle Doctor store. Great staff and a lot to look at !!

Oak Leaf Trail (Route of the Badger)

Great trail for walk surface and natural sites.

September, 2023 by lisa.radomski4

Great trail for walk surface and natural sites.

Seven Waters Bike Trail (Route of the Badger)

Meyer Park to N Browns Lake Dr - 14m Round Trip

August, 2023 by theinonen

I really enjoyed my ride today! Started at Meyer Park in Wind Lake. I parked facing the baseball fields; bathroom building on the left, trail followed the baseball field around to the right. The connection to the main trail wasn't far. This is the one place the sign said Seven Waters Bike Trail. I turned right to head toward Burlington. It was crushed limestone but very packed down. My hybrid handled it great and I feel like road tires would be fine. The tail end of the crushed limestone section became crushed asphalt like someone else mentioned in their review. It's not as packed down; thicker, but still totally fine with the hybrid tires. I don't know how this section would be with road tires but it was also not very long. Once you hit Bunker bar on Beck Dr, it's paved all the way to N Browns Lake Dr which is south of Case Eagle Park in Rochester (it's probably paved further; this was where I turned around). There's a small road stretch at Beck Dr and it was clearly marked "Bicycle Route." Case Eagle Park is a great rest stop and again, had good signage. It has bathrooms, dog park, kayak/canoe launch; the river is right there and pretty for a pit stop. People were walking in the rocky section of the river and even fishing. All the trail signs (minus the one at Meyer Park) said Racine County Bicycle Trail. It's flat for the most part. I'm not super in shape and have taken just a few flat bike rides this summer, and this roundtrip of 14m was pretty easy. It was a warm day with a breeze. I felt there were a lot of shady parts on the trail. It was a Saturday afternoon in August and I passed some people but for the most part, I was the only one around (it was not crowded by any means). I will most likely do this again. I liked the variety with the scenery, the bridges, and that you ride through towns and a park for bathroom stops if needed. I felt plenty safe. I agree the map on the trail was not readable; the bike trail portion is completely faded. I just used Google maps because it detects the trail. Meyer Park where I ended also has a playground, pitching cages, and it looks like you can rent the barn for parties. Nice place!

Des Plaines River Trail

loved it in spite of the gravel

August, 2023 by kjclow

Biked this trail twice over the weekend. Started both from Independence Park. First day went north to the Wisconsin state line, almost. Second day went south to Libertyville. Fun rides with no one on the northern loop on a Friday afternoon. Sunday on the southern loop was more crowded. The two negatives are the complete lack of restrooms down to libertyville. If there are any they are not marked from the trail. The other negative was riding crushed rock on a road bike. Was not prepared for that and hit a few soft spots that tried to suck me down. I prevailed and managed around 68 miles for the two rides.

Des Plaines River Trail

Des Plaines River Trail (Cook County) from Tuohy Ave to Lake-Cook Rd

August, 2023 by jcook1950_tl

As noted by other reviews, this segment of trail is rugged. However, if prepared for the conditions it can be viewed as an adventure. The trail is under construction from Devon Ave to Tuohy Ave (south of Devon down to North Ave I knew it might be impassable due to recent rains) but from Tuohy going north to Golf Rd the trail was decently dry (rode several days after moderate rainfall) as it went through the forest preserves. An undeveloped rail crossing creates a trail gap between Golf and Central Ave so there is an unmarked alternate route along East River Rd with narrow shoulders and bad paving that leads into Beck Lake preserve to pick up the trail again. North of Beck Lake the trail is fairly good up through River Trail Nature Center (worth visiting)/Allison Woods. An unsignaled crossing of busy Milwaukee Ave (Rte 21) is then needed and the trail starts again on Winkleman (frontage) road between the Crowne Plaza and Hilton hotels. Between Milwaukee Ave and all the way to Lake-Cook Rd it is very challenging even when fairly dry but with good natural scenery and bird/animal sightings.

Muskego Recreation Trail (Route of the Badger)

Ride at your own risk

July, 2023 by alladdphoto

It might be OK for a mountain bike but not for a street bike. It was very uneven and patches of loose gravel that makes you loose control of you bike. This trail needs a lot of reconditioning to make this an enjoyable experience.

White River State Trail (Route of the Badger)

White River Trail-east to west sections

July, 2023 by jcook1950_tl

starting at eastern trailhead near kansasville and westward, trail is in great shape.
Not very much scenery to burlington except farm fields with a heavy greenery tunnel.
Paved section in burlington is bumpy and winds through parks.
Wanted to avoid highways due to gap through burlington so drove to trailhead on spring valley road.
Western section from spring valley rd. to elkhorn is more interesting with elevated trail that allows better scenery. Lyons has small settlement with restaurant Olde Hotel open for dinner and Village Tap for bar food then Springfield has cafe Pedal & Cup; all are worth checking out and right by the trail.

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