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Racine County's eastern edge is home to the MRK Trail, a rail-with-trail that extends north from the City of Racine to the Village of Caledonia. Because Racine County standardized its signs several years ago, you won't see specific rail-trail names on display: look for Racine County Bicycle Trail signs instead.
The trail, named for the Milwaukee-Racine-Kenosha rapid transit line that once traveled the route, has an industrial feel to it: an active Union Pacific rail line shares the corridor, and power lines drape the trail. You will notice a very gradual incline as you travel north, which is good news for the swift trip back to the southern end of the trail.
The Root River Pathway, a combination of on- and off-road trail weaving throughout Racine, connects to the MRK Trail at Layard Avenue. The southern end of the WE Energies Trail is also a short distance from the MRK Trail’s northern trailhead. Use 6 Mile Road, Douglas Avenue/State Route 32 and then 7 Mile Road to reach the trail; take it north to access Milwaukee County.
Parking for the MRK Trail is available at the trailhead on 3 Mile Road.
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