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
Steep prairie bluffs, containing a variety of critical plant species, overlook Lake Michigan.  Hiking trails wind through woodland, prairie, and surrogate grasslands that contain healthy populations of bobolinks, eastern meadowlarks, and several species of sparrow. 
 Cambridge Woods
 Cambridge & Providence
Located next to the UW-Milwaukee campus, this upland dry-mesic woodland offers excellent displays of spring ephemerals and contains several populations of Wisconsin's threatened forked aster.  Migratory songbirds can be observed during the spring and autumn migration.
 Cudahy Preserve 
 Cudahy Woods
 State Natural Area

 500 E College Ave
 Oak Creek
One of Milwaukee County's three designated State Natural Areas
This ecologically diverse woodland contains species common to beech uplands and lowland hardwoods. A small stream bisects the site and takes visitors back in time to see what most of Milwaukee County would have looked like 200 hundred years ago. 
 Doctors Park
 1870 E Fox Lane
 Fox Point
Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the park features deep ravines with a beech and maple overstory shading a seasonal stream that flows out onto a sandy beach.
 Estabrook Park
4400 N Estabrook Dr
 Falk Park
 2013 W Rawson Ave
 Oak Creek
Included in the park is an ecologically diverse southern mesic forest containing numerous ephemeral wetlands and two small streams. Many unique plant and bird species can be seen in the spring, summer, and fall.
 Franklin Park
 10400 W Oakwood Rd
One of Milwaukee County's three designated State Natural Areas
 Grant Park
 100 E Hawthorne Ave
 South Milwaukee
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 ephemerals. Seasonally diverse bird populations are also encountered in spring and fall.
 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 two permanent ponds and numerous ephemeral ponds teeming with life.
 Grobschmidt Park
 3751 W College Ave
This park is comprised of shallow lake, shrubland, upland and lowland forest, marsh, and sedge meadow plant communities.  Due to habitat diversity and the presence of Mud Lake, many uncommon wildlife species thrive within the park. 
 Holler Park
 5151 S 6 St
 Jackson Park
 3500 W Forest Home Ave
 Jacobus Park
 6501 W Hillside Lane
This remnant of the original southern dry-mesic forest is perched on bluffs overlooking the Menomonee River. A small stream flows through the park near a shallow pond as it makes its way to the river. Numerous regionally rare species of flora and seasonally diverse bird populations can be seen in the park. 
 Kinnickinnic River Parkway
 Kletzsch Park
 6560 N Milwaukee River Pkwy
A remnant of upland southern mesic to dry-mesic forest is perched on the bluff overlooking the Milwaukee River. Several rare plant species exist in the upland woods, ravines, and floodplain. 
 Lake Park
 3233 E Kenwood Blvd
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 an excellent birding site.
 McGovern Park
 5400 N 51 Blvd
One of the best displays of ephemeral spring flowers in the entire park system
A remnant woodland along the southern edge of the park contains this fine display. Large ponds adjacent to the woodlands provide excellent fishing and birding opportunities.
 Noyes Park
8235 W Good Hope Rd
This park has a core consisting primarily of American beech which is surrounded by white and red oak, sugar maple, and basswood. Hiking trails take you through the forest and around a small pond nestled within.
 Rawson Park
 1400 E Rawson Ave
 South Milwaukee
The best remaining example 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 a stopover for spring and autumn migrant birds.
 Riverside Park
 1500 E Riverside Place
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 improved habitat, this is an excellent spot for environmental education and wildlife viewing.
 Root River Parkway
 Mangan Woods
5879 S 92 St
Some of the largest trees of their respective species in the park system
Mature northern red oaks and sugar maples provide a dense canopy over ground flora that includes a number of rare plant species. A stand of old-growth hardwoods can be found in the southwest corner of the site. 
 Scout Lake Park
 5902 W Loomis Rd
Upland woodlands surround one of the park system's deepest lakes. Numerous trails and a quiet stream traverse the site.
 Warnimont Park
 Warnimont Fens
 State Natural Area
5400 S Lake Dr
One of Milwaukee County's three designated State Natural Areas
The southern mesic woodlands, along with several fens located along the calcareous eroding bluffs, support a number of rare flora species and provide excellent habitat for migratory wildlife.
 Wyrick Park
5400 W Green Tree Rd

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