Oak Leaf Trail
The Oak Leaf Trail is a multi-use trail system with over 125 miles of trail for cycling, roller blading, walking and running around Milwaukee County. Nearly a quarter of the trail hugs the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. The trail is mostly smooth asphalt, with dozens of easily accessed connections that take you just about anywhere in the Milwaukee metro area. Portions of the trail are on Milwaukee County Parkways, shared with traffic, and some sections use municipal streets. Work is continuing on expanding the trail with new extensions and upgrades and a new wayfinding signage system.
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Main Branch Lines
Menomonee River Line
Starting from Dretzka Park in the northwest corner of the county, the Menomonee branch follows the Little Menomonee River parkway and the Menomonee River Parkway. The trail passes through Currie Park and Hoyt Park before reaching downtown Wauwatosa.
Dretzka Park - Doyne Park. Aprox. 14.75mi
This east-west section connects Wauwatosa with downtown Milwaukee. The trail passes through Jackson Park and Mccarty Park following the Kinnickinnc River Parkway, and uses sections of the Honey Creek Parkway to connect with the Menomonee Line in Wauwatosa.
Honey Creek Parkway - Downown Milwaukee, aprox 15mi
Root River Line
The south western section of the Oak Leaf Trail travels from Hansen Park in Wauwatosa down to the Milwaukee County Sports Complex in Franklin. The trail connects with the Hank Aaron State Trail on Underwood Creek parkway and the New Berlin Trail in Greenfield Park. The trail follows the Root River parkway for much of the trail.
Hansen Park - Milwaukee County Sports Complex, aprox. 19mi
Oak Creek Line
The south eastern section of the trail connects the southern edge of the Root River Parkway with the Oak Creek parkway via an old railroad track (the North Shore Right of Way) The trail connects with the South Shore Line at Grant Park.
Root River Parkway South - Grant Park, aprox. 12.5mi
South Shore Line
The South Shore Line tracks the shoreline of Lake Michigan from Grant Park in the south, through Warnimont Park, Sheridan Park, Bay View Park, South Shore Park and Cupertino Park. The majority of this section is on off-road trail.
Grant Park - Cupertino Park, aprox 8mi
Milwaukee River Line
This section of trail travels begins in downtown Milwaukee along the lakefront, travels through the city on a section known as the Eastside trail before connecting with the Milwaukee River and tracking the river north through Estabrook Park, Lincoln Park, Kletzsch Park and on to Brown Deer Park.
Juneau Park - Brown Deer Park, aprox. 14mi
The 'Zip' Line
This section of trail branches off of the Milwaukee River Line and provides a direct, traffic free connection from Estabrook Park to Brown Deer Park by following an old rail line. The line is named for bicycling advocate Harold "Zip" Morgan, who first conceived and laid out a 64-mile trail in 1939.
Estabrook Park - Brown Deer Park, aprox. 6mi
Brown Deer Park - Kolh Park, aprox. 3mi
Drexel and Bradley Connectors
Bradley Avenue in the north and Drexel Aevenue in the south provide east-west connections between trail lines. Portions of these connectors are on-street, with traffic.
Bradley Connector, aprox. 3.3mi
Drexel Connector, aprox 4.5mi
Lake Loop & Whitnall Loop
The Lake Loop branches off of the Milwaukee River line to take trail users along the Lake Michigan shoreline and through the historic Lake Park. The Whitnall Loop branches off of the Root River Line for a scenic ride through Whitnall Park.
Lake Loop - aprox 8mi
Whitnall Loop - aprox 3.5mi
Oak Leaf Trail Park Explorer System Map
Use our Park Explorer Map to discover the county parks, muncipal parks, mountain bike trails and municpal trail systems you can access from the Oak Leaf Trail!
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