Muskego Recreation Trail

Wisconsin

Muskego Recreation Trail Facts

States: Wisconsin
Counties: Waukesha
Length: 6.7 miles
Trail end points: S. North Cape Rd. at City of Franklin Trail (Franklin) and Edgewood Avenue (Big Bend)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone, Dirt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6227952
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Walking

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Muskego Recreation Trail Description

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).

Muskego Recreation Trail Reviews

I road this trail on a sunny Monday afternoon, and it was a great ride. I parked at the paved parking lot on St. Martin Road in St. Martin. Took the Franklin Bike and Hiking trail southwest to connect with the Muskego Recreation Trail and rode it to its dead end about 7 miles away. Lots of wildlife on the trail, many rabbits and yellow chickadees. A hamburger and root beer at the Culver's restaurant in Muskego was a welcome break. Took a few side roads to see Muskego Lake and Bass' Bay. The trail bed varied from smooth asphalt to crushed limestone and crushed asphalt, and it wasn't a problem. A very pleasant summer ride, about 15.5 miles round-trip.

Some knucklehead in charge of the Muskego Trail decided to resurface the entire part of the trail west of Lannon Rd (Hwy Y) and about 1 mile of the trail east of Lannon....with pulverized asphalt. The surface is fairly loose with larger stone that makes bicycling a challenge and certainly NOT enjoyable. Incredibly stupid decision to do this. Whoever decided on this surface must not be a bicyclist or they would not have chosen this for resurfacing material. Extremely disappointing!! Otherwise the rest of the trail is fine with packed pea gravel. I gave the trail 3 stars because of the loose gravel at the west end...otherwise I would have gone with a higher rating.

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 road. Then we turned around and went east to Franklin Trail.

Nice packed limestone with some puddles until after Lannon road. At that point it became pulverized asphalt which is like riding on loose gravel. No fun, didn't want to fall. So we turned around and headed east to the Franklin Trail.

Accordion

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 to jig jog a little to find it. Then head west on it until it runs right into the Muskego trail.

The Muskego trail is a nice, pleasant trail and pretty flat. You pass by farms and parks until you get to Muskego.

Right after you pass Muskego park and cross the road, the trail appears to have been resurfaced with recycled black top. You have to work a harder to stay moving on this surface compared to the usual crushed limestone. Also stay away from the edges as it will break up and pull you off.

We took the trail all the way to the end in Big Bend. Someday I hope the trail is extended by using the We Energies access road across the street. According to Google maps this would need a bridge across the Fox River but then you'd be able to bike all the way to Mukwonago without going on busy, high speed, curvy, country highways.

Then on the way home we took Janesville Road which has a bike lane most of the way. Janesville Road has some real big hills. After Hwy 100 we pick up Forest Home Avenue and take it to the Oak Leaf Trail. This route is about 7 miles shorter but more exciting due to the traffic, especially before, around and after Hwy 100 until you get to the Oak Leaf Trail.



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