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The Beerline Trail, so named because the corridor was once used by freight trains transporting the ingredients for beer to some of Milwaukee’s famous breweries, has contributed to the revitalization of neighborhoods adjacent to the Milwaukee River. Two disconnected segments of the trail are currently open.
The longer, southern section runs through the Riverwest, Harambee and—appropriately—Brewer’s Hill neighborhoods. The trail begins at E. Pleasant Street as a wide sidewalk along Commerce Street and Riverboat Road, until it switches to an off-road path near a dam over the Milwaukee River. A switchback trail midway along this stretch leads up to Kadish Park and adjacent houses; the park is a great spot to take in stunning views of the river and urban skyline. At E. Locust Street, travelers on the Beerline Trail can connect to the Oaf Leaf Trail, a web of trail spanning more than 100 miles throughout the city.
The second segment of the trail begins at the intersection of Burleigh Street and Bremen Street and cuts northwest on the former rail corridor to just north of W. Capitol Drive (State Highway 190). Trail users can take the signed bike route and sidewalk on Humboldt Boulevard north from Gordon Park to Burleigh Street to reach the trailhead for the northern portion. On this stretch, the surroundings are dominated by the charming houses of the Riverwest and Williamsburg Heights neighborhoods.
Parking for the Beerline Trail is available at Gordon Park on Humboldt Boulevard and along city streets in the Riverwest neighborhood.
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