I take the Hank Aaron State Trail to work, and to the lake, the ballgame, State Fair, or just to a neighborhood for lunch. This trail is a great connector.
— Bob Dumke

Connecting Trails

The Hank Aaron State Trail provides a key link through the heart of Milwaukee County, including the Menomonee Valley and Third Ward. Starting at Lakeshore State Park along Lake Michigan and once completed running to western border of Milwaukee County, the Trail provides a link that makes it possible to bike from Lake Michigan, along several trails across the state. Eventually these trails will link together with the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and Military Ridge State Trail, with one goal being to create a continuous trail from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River.

The Trail map shows where you can connect to other trails. 

 The Trail is named after  Hank Aaron , a Major League baseball player who broke many racial and cultural barriers. The Trail, which connects the diverse neighborhoods of the greater Milwaukee community, exemplifies his legacy.

The Trail is named after Hank Aaron, a Major League baseball player who broke many racial and cultural barriers. The Trail, which connects the diverse neighborhoods of the greater Milwaukee community, exemplifies his legacy.

For more information on connecting trails, see the following pages:

Milwaukee by Bike

This comprehensive website is maintained by the City of Milwaukee and provides information about cycling in Milwaukee, including bike lanes and routes, bike registration, area bike shops, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force, maps, safe biking tips, and more. There are lots of links to other wonderful cycling websites, as well.

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Oak Leaf Trail

The trail features over 100 miles of multiple loops through all the major parkways and parks in the system. Loops are composed of off-road paved trails, park drives, and municipal streets where necessary to ensure continuity.

 

Waukesha County Park System

The Waukesha County Park System provides nearly 30 miles of trails, including the New Berlin Trail to which the fully expanded Hank Aaron State Trail will connect once completed.

Ozaukee Interurban Trail

The Ozaukee Interurban Trail is a 30-mile paved trail that spans the entire length of Ozaukee County. The Trail connects the Ozaukee communities of Mequon, Thiensville, Cedarburg, Grafton, and Port Washington.

 

Wisconsin Bicycle Routes

Maintained by Bruce Thompson, a comprehensive website listing trails and road routes throughout Wisconsin and neighboring states.

For more information on cycling:

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources is dedicated to the preservation, protection, effective management, and maintenance of Wisconsin's natural resources. It is responsible for implementing the laws of the state and protecting the natural resources of our state.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bicycle Information

WisDOT provides information about state bicycling facilities, state statutes that relate to bicycling, the state bike plan 2020, and downloadable bike maps for the entire state county-by-county.

Wisconsin Bike Fed

The Wisconsin Bike Fed is a statewide, nonprofit, bicycle advocacy organization with thousands of members that works to make Wisconsin a better place to bicycle.

League of American Bicyclists

The league of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. At this website you’ll find lots of terrific bicycling resources.

 Historically, workers from the Silver City neighborhood got to work in the Valley by passing under railroad tracks through a tunnel, then crossing the river by bridge. When the bridge was removed and the tunnel sealed decades ago, south side neighbors had to travel nearly three miles to get to jobs and recreation in their backyards. Once the Valley Passage bridge was complete, residents could again access jobs or park space with a two block walk.

Historically, workers from the Silver City neighborhood got to work in the Valley by passing under railroad tracks through a tunnel, then crossing the river by bridge. When the bridge was removed and the tunnel sealed decades ago, south side neighbors had to travel nearly three miles to get to jobs and recreation in their backyards. Once the Valley Passage bridge was complete, residents could again access jobs or park space with a two block walk.