Pike River Pathway


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Pike River Pathway Facts

States: Wisconsin
Counties: Racine
Length: 5.3 miles
Trail end points: Old Spring St. west of Timmer Ln. and South of State Rte. 11
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6349934
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Pike River Pathway Description

The Pike River Pathway is a paved, multi-use trail that runs along both sides of the reconstructed Pike River through the Village of Mount Pleasant and unincorporated parts of Racine County. The path is convenient to several neighborhoods in the community, giving residents a path for recreation and exercise practically in their backyards. Birds, frogs and other wildlife call the adjacent wetlands home, making it a peaceful place to get in touch with nature.

The trail was extended in 2015 to continue further south, allowing it to connect with the Racine-Sturtevant Trail, which ties the trail to the fantastic trail network that runs into Racine and all the way south to Chicago. Local officials are actively working on yet another extension to the trail, which would continue the trail all the way south to the county line, where the KR Trail begins in Somers.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Pike River Pathway is available at three dedicated lots on Oakes Road, Timmer Lane and Old Spring Street.

Pike River Pathway Reviews

The Pike River Pathway trail, for a few years now, has extended to the south of the map description. It goes from the described loop to Highway 20/Washington to just south of Highway 11. There is a chance it may be extended further south into the 2016 completed ACOE Pike River flood control project's Areas: 7; 8 & 9, to County Highway KR if Grant money can be secured by the Village of Mount Pleasant. It might be connected eventually to Kenosha County's Petrifying Springs Park bike path which is to the south of County Highway KR at Highway A.

I live very close to this short trail and it is my go-to happy place to ride my bike, walk, and exercise my dogs. It is a little wild gem in the heart of an urban area. You can see many different wildfowl and other birds, muskrat and the odd beaver as it explores the area. Deer, mink, raccoons, opossum, fox and coyote inhabit the area also, but they keep out of sight mostly. Planted with native prairie and wetland plants, it is a good place to see what this area looked like before it was settled.
Yes, occasionally the low bridges will be flooded, especially with heavy spring rains and snow melt, but it usually is an easy path to navigate for all.
If you walk your dogs, please remember to bring bags to pick up their waste. They are not provided, although trash containers are at four spots.

It is a nice, short trail. Great to bring smaller kids on or for someone who cannot ride longer distances.

There is a bridge that after a heavy rainfall is almost a foot under water. It's close to the end by the parking lot off "old Spring Road". If you park on the end of Timmer lane you can go around the loop, but will have to turn back at the bridge.

We saw a lot of birds and heard a lot of frogs. As I mentioned is is a nice trail if you are looking for a casual, flat easy ride.

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