Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail September Events

Doors Open to the Trail
Sunday, September 21 | 9 am

Ticket: Not required, FREE
Duration: 2-2.5 hours
Capacity: 50
Meet and Park: Parking lot off Milwaukee Road, between Charter Wire and 35th & Canal Street

Doors Open Milwaukee is a project of nonprofit organization, Historic Milwaukee, Inc., which is dedicated to increasing awareness of and commitment to Milwaukee's history. A special bike tour on the Hank Aaron State Trail supports this effort.

Join Melissa Cook, Hank Aaron State Trail manager as she leads a fascinating 5-mile bike tour of Three Bridges Park and the Old Soldiers Home with frequent stops to discuss former inhabitants of the area such as American Indians, railroad workers, and Civil War soldiers. Experience Milwaukee's history from past to present. Bring bike, helmet and water.

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Walk the Hank: In the footsteps of a Civil War soldier
Saturday, September 27 | 10am-12pm

Take a beautiful guided tour of the Milwaukee Soldiers Home Grounds via the Hank Aaron State Trail (HAST). Soldiers Home was established at the end of the Civil War as a place of healing and respite. Get a close-up look at the fantastic 1800s buildings located next to the Trail and discover why this is such a special place. Attend in Civil War period clothing if you'd like. This is a treasure of National significance and a must see for adults and families. The walk will be led by Melissa Cook, DNR Trail Manager of HAST. Please meet at the Trailhead near 699 South 56th Street.

Cost: $2 per person, register at (#47928)
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15th Annual Run/Walk a Great Success!

Thanks to all who participated in this year’s Hank Aaron State Trail 5K Run/Walk!

Whether you were one of the 1600 runners or walkers, helped to form a team, were a volunteer, or a major sponsor, your support for this event is greatly appreciated. Funds raised help to fuel our youth bike adventure camps and projects throughout the year.

Special thanks to our 2014 Run/Walk:
Sponsors, Donors & Teams!

Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail

Hank Aaron State Trail maps are available! Download the map here.

The Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, developing, and maintaining the Hank Aaron State Trail. The creation of the Hank Aaron State Trail along the Menomonee River and through a former industrial valley contributes countless opportunities for recreation and fitness, improvements to the environment, economic growth, and overall quality of urban life.

The Trail is ideal for bicyclists, walkers, runners, and skaters, and currently provides a 12-mile continuous connection via dedicated trails and marked streets between the lakefront and Milwaukee's west end.  The Trail starts at Lakeshore State Park near the Henry W. Maier Festival Grounds, winds its way through the Historic Third Ward and Menomonee River Valley, past Miller Park, and then points west by accessing the new bridge at 37th St. The Trail links to Milwaukee County's 100-mile Oak Leaf Trail at both its east and west end, making it possible to bike from Lake Michigan, along several trails across the state, and eventually link to the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Glacial Drumlin State Trail, and Military Ridge State Trail.

The Western extension features a new bike/pedestrian bridge over Hawley Road, redecked bridges, and asphalt pavement. When work is completed on the Zoo Interchange, the remaining off-road section of the Trail west of 94th Place will be completed and paved out to Underwood Creek and the connection to the Oak Leaf Trail. (Please note that a detour route exists for the section west of 94th Place.)

A new one-mile extension of the Trail opened in the new Three Bridges Park in the summer of 2013. This segment offers undulating terrain, great views of Milwaukee's downtown, and access to the Menomonee River. Entry points to the Trail are at the three bridges located at the Valley Passage at 37th and Canal Street, 33rd Court located just east of Palermo's Pizza, and behind the Mitchell Park Domes.

Some points of interest along and adjacent to the Trail include Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, Milwaukee Art Museum, Lakeshore State Park, Summerfest & Ethnic Festivals, Historic Third Ward, Historic Walkers Point, Harley-Davidson Museum, Potawatomi Casino, Marquette Playing Fields, Mitchell Park Domes, Miller Park, Menomonee Valley Stormwater Park, Soldiers Home Historic District, State Fair Park, Petit Ice Center, and the restorative peace of the Menomonee River.

The Hank Aaron State Trail Will Take You There!

The Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail continues to be an advocate of the Trail, working closely with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, local communities, organizations, and businesses, to bring the Trail to reality. From our annual Spring River Clean-Up and Planting, to the Hank Aaron State Trail 5k Run/Walk, to our hikes through history, the Friends helps people enjoy and appreciate all that the Hank Aaron State Trail has to offer.

We invite you to learn more about the Trail and our organization, and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Hank Aaron State Trail.

Become a Friend of the Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail

Joining the Friends offers an opportunity to play an important role in bringing the Trail to its full potential. It provides a great forum for discussion and support of the Trail, and friends also receive newsletters and advance notification of special events. In addition, the Friends offer Bike Safety Camps to kids in the adjacent neighborhoods, pay for printing of HAST maps, and restore and install the classic copper shelters as rest and "information stations" along the trail.