Oak Leaf Trail - Paved for Bicycling and Multi-use

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Oak Leaf Recreational Trail
Milwaukee County's Paved Multi-Use Trail Network

The Best Urban Bike Trail
Best of Milwaukee 2012 & 2013 Award Winner
Please exercise caution on the trail, especially after heavy rainfall!


East Side Oak Leaf Trail to Close for Reconstruction, May 14–Late June
(From just north of East Belleview Place
to just south of North Prospect Avenue)
05/10/18 Update: Phase II trail reconstruction and paving will close the trail beginning May 14. Trail users should follow posted detours along surface streets. The closure is expected to last until late June, depending on weather conditions.

Project Summary  |  Proposed Detour

Oak Creek Parkway to Close for Reconstruction
06/06/18 Update:

The Oak Leaf Trail along the Oak Creek Parkway will be closed from 13th Avenue on the west to North Chicago Avenue on the east, beginning Monday, June 11. While the trail will remain open to these end points, trail users can avoid backtracking by taking the detour along Milwaukee Avenue. The project includes removal and upgrades of the storm sewer, curb and gutter, and asphalt pavement. Completion of the project is anticipated in Fall 2018.
Proposed Detour

Utility Line Clearance Along Oak Leaf Trail
Forestry work to clear utility lines is scheduled along the OLT from Lydell Avenue northwest to Edgewater Lane. Work is slated to begin the week of Oct. 23 and will continue through about Nov. 10. The trail segment will not be closed, but bike and pedestrian traffic may experience intermittent temporary closures in the work zone. Such closures will only occur if required for public safety. Signs and cones will identify the work zones.


Oak Leaf Trail at Watertown Plank Road Closures
06/04/18 Update:
The Oak Leaf Trail will be closed June 6–7 for removal of the formwork used to place the new bridge deck. The closures will only occur if operations take place overhead and are required for public safety. 
Detour: from the Northeast  |  from the Southwest     
Project Update

Trail Closures/Detours
During Zoo-Interchange I-94 Bridge over Underwood Creek 

Please follow detour signage for segments of the Hank Aaron State Trail as well as segments of the Deer Creek Trail. Due to the weather, repaving the Oak Leaf Trail and Deer Creek Trails will be postponed until Spring 2018. The Oak Leaf Trail will remain open throughout the winter, and the Deer Creek Trail will remain closed.  See the update


Lake Park Bridge and Ravine Road Closure
The Lake Park bridge above Ravine Road is open to pedestrian-only traffic. Ravine Road is closed until further notice.


Ravine Restoration in Warnimont Park
On the east side of South Lake Drive, north of Ramsey, restoration work is expected to be completed in 2018. Please stay out of areas where vegetation is being established.

Forestry Work 
Forestry work to improve safety along the Northeast section of the OLT (Mill Road to Brown Deer Road) will involve intermittent closures of trail segments with minor rerouting.

Milwaukee County Trails Map

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Milwaukee County Trails Map & Park Guide

The 24x36, 2-sided map and guide includes

  • the Oak Leaf Trail
  • Hank Aaron State Trail
  • Municipal Off-Road Trails
  • Corridors of the Oak Leaf Discovery Tour

Locations are also marked for other land and water trails, plus park facilities!

 Escape to the Oak Leaf Trail, a treasure of the Milwaukee County Park System. You'll be drawn to the pastoral beauty of remote trail segments, and joining you will be bikers, skaters, runners, and walkers leaving the bustle of everyday life behind.

The trail features 118 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.

To better orient you in relation to major city streets, the Parks Department has begun a multi-phase project of marking the trail. The first phase marked the trail along Lincoln Memorial Drive from Ogden Avenue to Locust Street. Additional segments will be marked as funds become available. Street signs also mark the trail for your convenience.

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

Mountain biking is only allowed on the new "Mountain Bike Trails."   



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