Enjoy The Outdoors: on the Oak Leaf Trail and Ozaukee Interurban Trail

April, 2020

Oak Leaf Trail

 

The Oak Leaf Trail is a multi-use trail system with over 125 miles of trail for cycling, rollerblading, walking, birding and running around Milwaukee County. Nearly a quarter of the trail hugs the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. The trail system is mostly smooth asphalt, with dozens of easily accessed connections that take you just about anywhere in the Milwaukee metro area. Portions of the trail are on Milwaukee County parkways, shared with traffic, and some sections use municipal streets.

The Oak Leaf Trail is divided into seven main branch lines, as well as two scenic loops and two east-west connectors.

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Menomonee River Line

Dretzka Park - Doyne Park,

approximately 14.75 miles

Starting from Dretzka Park in the northwest corner of the County, the Menomonee branch follows the Little Menomonee River Parkway and the Menomonee River Parkway. The trail passes through Currie Park and Hoyt Park before reaching downtown Wauwatosa.

Kinnickinnic Line

Honey Creek Parkway - Veterans Park, approximately 15 miles

This east-west section connects Wauwatosa with downtown Milwaukee. The trail passes through Jackson Park and McCarty Park following the Kinnickinnic River Parkway, and uses sections of the Honey Creek Parkway to connect with the Menomonee Line in Wauwatosa.

 

Root River Line

Hansen Park - Milwaukee County Sports Complex, approximately 19 miles

The southwestern section of the Oak Leaf Trail travels from Hansen Park in Wauwatosa down to the Milwaukee County Sports Complex in Franklin. The trail connects with the Hank Aaron State Trail on Underwood Creek Parkway and the New Berlin Trail in Greenfield Park. The trail follows the Root River parkway for much of the trail.

 

Oak Creek Line

Root River Parkway South - Grant Park, approximately 12.5 miles

The southeastern section of the trail connects the southern edge of the Root River Parkway with the Oak Creek Parkway via an old railroad track (the North Shore Right of Way). The trail connects with the South Shore Line at Grant Park.

 

South Shore Line

Grant Park - Cupertino Park,

approximately 8 miles

The South Shore Line tracks the shoreline of Lake Michigan from Grant Park in the south, through Warnimont Park, Sheridan Park, Bay View Park, South Shore Park and Cupertino Park. The majority of this section is on off-road trail.

 

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