Forked Aster Hiking Trail System

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Forked Aster Hiking Trail System
Milwaukee County's Nature Trail System
Please exercise caution on the trail, especially after heavy rainfall! 


Connect with nature as you hike the varied trails of the Forked Aster Hiking Trail System. Explore natural communities from grasslands, to wetlands and woodlands. See native plants and wildlife, and enjoy the escape form a hectic urban lifestyle.

When using the trail, please follow the basic rules of etiquette and safety.

 

 Park Natural Area Description
 Bender Park
 4503 E Ryan Rd
 Oak Creek
 
Wide-open vistas perched on top of steep bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan
Hiking trails wind through lush beech woodlands, prairie grasslands, and old orchards. The combination of diverse habitats and proximity to Lake Michigan make this park an eBird hotspot with 180 species of birds recorded (as of Oct. 2014). 
 Cambridge Woods
 Cambridge & Providence
 Milwaukee
 
Located on the eastern banks of the Milwaukee River, this unique upland dry-mesic woodland offers excellent displays of spring ephemeral wildflowers and contains several populations of forked aster found on Wisconsin's Threatened Species List. Park visitors experience excellent birding during spring and fall migration. The site is located just north of Riverside Park.
 Copernicus Park
 
2150 W Klein Ave
 Milwaukee
 
This is a small neighborhood park containing high quality woodlands (122 plant species) and one of the headwater streams of the Oak Creek watershed. This site provides a great opportunity to see migratory birds in spring and fall.
 Cudahy Park
 
3000 E Ramsey Ave
 Cudahy
 
This is a small neighborhood park containing diverse woodlands with many spring ephemeral wildflowers. This site provides a great opportunity to see migratory birds in spring and fall. 
 Cudahy Nature Preserve 
 Cudahy Woods
 State Natural Area

 500 E College Ave
 Oak Creek
 
One of Milwaukee County's three designated State Natural Areas
This diverse woodland includes a small stream that separates the lowland hardwood forest from an old-growth beech forest. Trails traverse the site providing hikers with a glimpse of what Milwaukee County would have looked like 200 years ago.
 Doctors Park
 1870 E Fox Lane
 Fox Point
 

Located on the shore of Lake Michigan directly south of the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, this park features deep ravines with a beech and maple overstory. The overstory shades a seasonal stream that flows out onto a sandy beach. This site is an eBird hotspot with 215 bird species recorded (as of Oct. 2014).
 Estabrook Park
 
4400 N Estabrook Dr
 Milwaukee
Trail under development
 Falk Park
 2013 W Rawson Ave
 Oak Creek
 
This park is an ecologically diverse southern mesic forest containing numerous ephemeral wetlands and two small meandering streams. Naturalists have documented 156 unique plant species and 57 bird species here. Park visitors can see these treasures along the hiking trails in spring, summer, and fall.
 Franklin Park
 10400 W Oakwood Rd
 Franklin
One of Milwaukee County's three designated State Natural Areas
 Grant Park
 100 E Hawthorne Ave
 South Milwaukee
 
National Recreation Trail logo Dissected by deep ravines along the shore of Lake Michigan, this park is a remnant of the original forests that guarded the lake. Oak, beech, and maple tower over carpets of spring ephemeral wildflowers. In 2005, the park's Seven Bridges Trail was designated as a National Recreation Trail. In addition, seasonally diverse bird populations highlight this eBird hotspot with 207 species observed (as of Oct. 2014).
 Greene Park
 
4235 S Lipton Ave
 St Francis

Nestled in the western end of the park is a good quality woodland containing an overstory of large maples, oaks, and basswoods. This site is definitely worth a visit in mid-spring to see the blooming flowers and migrating warblers. Given its close proximity to Lake Michigan, this park is a magnet for migratory songbirds.
 Greenfield Park
 2028 S 124 St
 West Allis
Consisting of mesic hardwood forests dominated by red and white oaks, sugar maple, and basswood, this property contains numerous ephemeral ponds teeming with life. Hiking trails navigate the large woodland, and paved trails circle the lagoon, providing excellent birding opportunities. This eBird hotspot has had 106 species observed (as of Oct. 2014).
 Grobschmidt Park
 3751 W College Ave
 Franklin
Comprised of a shallow lake, shrubland, upland and lowland forest, a marsh, and sedge meadow, this diverse habitat allows many uncommon wildlife species to thrive. A gravel trail encircles Mud Lake, and a recently constructed soft trail lets visitors explore the western end of the park. This site is an eBird hotspot with 116 species recorded (as of Oct. 2014).
 Holler Park
 5151 S 6 St
 Milwaukee
 
 Jackson Park
 3500 W Forest Home Ave
 Milwaukee
In the center of this regional park is a large woodland with a majority of the park's hiking trails. Visitors also enjoy a stroll on the paved trail around the lagoon to view waterfowl and large wading birds. Black-crown night herons have been observed nesting on one of the islands.
 Jacobus Park
 6501 W Hillside Lane
 Wauwatosa
National Recreation Trail logo This remnant of the original southern dry-mesic forest is perched overlooking the Menomonee River. A small stream flows through the park as it makes its way to the river. This park has breathtaking displays of spring ephemeral wildflowers. In 2006, the nature trail received designation as a National Recreation Trail. In addition, seasonally diverse bird populations make this an eBird hotspot with 81 species seen (as of Oct. 2014)
 Kinnickinnic River Parkway
 
This recently rehabilitated historic trail meanders along the north and south sides of the Kinnickinnic River between 43rd and 60th streets. Hikers have numerous opportunities to observe seasonal displays of spring wildflowers and migratory birds.
 Kletzsch Park
 6560 N Milwaukee River Pkwy
 Glendale
Located on the western banks of the Milwaukee River, hiking trails wind through grasslands, upland woodlands, and a floodplain forest. The trails provide excellent views of diverse plant communities. Seasonally diverse bird populations make this an eBird hotspot with 158 species observed (as of Oct. 2014).
 Kohl Park
 
7603 W County Line Rd
 
Milwaukee
National Recreation Trail logo Once part of a historic farmstead, Kohl Park welcomed the Milwaukee Conservation Leadership Corps for the construction of a 2-mile long trail in 2008. In 2009 the trail received designation as a National Recreation Trail. The trail is one of the only sections of the Forked Aster Hiking Trail System that travels through a mature evergreen plantation. This unique habitat makes the trail a great place for birding year round.
 Lake Park
 3233 E Kenwood Blvd
 Milwaukee
Mesic forest remnants persist along the ravines carved into a former bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. Trails are located within most of the ravines winding throughout the park.  Intermittent streams flow through the Locust Street and Waterfall ravines. Natural habitat and close proximity to the lake make this park one of the highest ranking eBird hotspots within Milwaukee County, with 250 species observed (as of Oct. 2014).
 Little Menomonee River Parkway
 
 Milwaukee
The site of a recent grassland habitat restoration project, this parkway hosts a surprisingly diverse assemblage of breeding and migratory wildlife species. What were once invasive thickets of buckthorn are transforming into prairie grass and wildflowers with open vistas of the Little Menomonee River Parkway.
 McGovern Park
 5400 N 51 Blvd
 Milwaukee
One of the best displays of ephemeral spring flowers in the Park System
A remnant woodland along the southern edge of the park contains this fine display. Large ponds adjacent to the woodlands provide
many seasonal birding opportunities.
 Noyes Park
 
8235 W Good Hope Rd
 Milwaukee
At the heart of this small woodland is a beech forest intermingled with white and red oak, sugar maple, and basswood. Hiking trails wind through the forest and around the small pond nestled within. Spring or fall, this park provides numerous opportunities to see a variety of migratory bird species.
 Rawson Park
 1400 E Rawson Ave
 South Milwaukee
One of the best remaining examples of Beech-Maple Forest in the Park System
Due to its close proximity to Lake Michigan and the Oak Creek Parkway, this unique park acts as an important stopover for spring and fall migratory birds.
 Riverside Park
 1500 E Riverside Place
 Milwaukee
Once a degraded woodland along the Milwaukee River, this park has been restored to a natural state by the Urban Ecology Center. Due to the location along the river corridor and the improving habitat, this park has become an eBird hotspot with 175 species observed (as of Oct. 2014).
 Root River Parkway
 Mangan Woods
 
5879 S 92 St
Some of the largest old-growth hardwoods in the Park System
Mature northern red oaks and sugar maples provide a dense canopy over prevalent ground flora that includes a number of rare plant species. An impressive stand of old-growth hardwoods can be found in the southwest corner of the site.
 Scout Lake Park
 5902 W Loomis Rd
 Greendale
Upland woodlands overlook one of the park system's deepest lakes. Numerous trails and a quiet stream traverse the site. The park provides numerous opportunities to see songbirds during the spring and fall migration.
 Warnimont Park
 Warnimont Fens
 State Natural Area
 
5400 S Lake Dr
 Cudahy

National Recreation Trail logo

A designated State Natural Area along the shore of Lake Michigan
The combination of southern mesic woodlands, shrublands, grasslands, fens, and deep ravines along with steep calcareous bluffs support a unique assemblage of plant species and provide wildlife habitat. The location along the lake and the outstanding habitat make this an eBird hotspot with 166 species observed (as of Oct. 2014). The segment of the Oak Leaf Trail running through this park
received designation as a National Recreation Trail in 1973.




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