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The Ozaukee Interurban Trail is an excellent 30-mile, paved path through the communities of Belgium, Port Washington, Grafton, Cedarburg, Mequon and Thiensville. The majority of this trail follows an old electric rail line corridor, though there are on-road portions as you navigate through the downtown areas of Port Washington and Grafton and Cedarburg.
The northern section of the trail, from just south of Cedar Grove to Port Washington, is largely farmland. An active rail line runs adjacent to the trail. In Port Washington, you must navigate the well-signed roads and some steep climbs before the trail resumes outside of town. Arriving in Port Washington, the trail goes up a ramp and ends on Highland Drive. Bear right at the end of the ramp and follow the bike signs that will lead you to a stop sign. Turn right and go under Interstate 43. Turn right again onto E. Seven Hills Road and travel 0.25 mile, cross to the other side and pick up the trail where it resumes in a field next to a corporate parking lot.
Approaching Grafton you will have another on-road, unsigned detour. The trail brings you to the doorstep of a residential community where you will turn right and travel down North Street; turn left on 1st Street. Take 1st Street to Washington; cross over Washington Street and pass Wildwood Park on your right. Several blocks after the park, the off-road trail into Grafton resumes on your right. In Grafton a 0.5-mile on-street section is well signed and will direct you back to the trail.
The trail from Grafton to Cedarburg crosses many residential streets with scenic views of neighborhoods and parks. It only gets better as you enter the charming community of Cedarburg. Old bridges carry you over Cedar Creek, and you'll be tempted to explore the inviting restaurants and shops. South of Cedarburg the trail becomes rural again, passing through the communities of Thiensville and Mequon. Halfway between Cedarburg and Mequon the trail crosses an active rail line and provides a model pedestrian crossing and rail-with-trail design.
The trail travels alongside the active rail line until its end at the start of the Brown Deer Recreational Trail (at W. County Line Road). Although short, this mile-long trail makes a nice way to extend your trip into the village of Brown Deer. At its southern end, you can also tap into to the Oak Leaf Trail, a vast trail network throughout Milwaukee.
To extend your journey north into Sheboygan County, you can seamlessly connect to the Sheboygan Interurban Trail at Pebble Beach Road. Note that the first five miles of the Sheboygan trail are off-road, while the remainder (about 12 miles) are on-road.
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