Bike or Run the Glacial Drumlin Trail (Waukesha to Wales Segment)

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The Glacial Drumlin Trail is a rails-to-trails multi-use path spanning the 52-mile stretch from Waukesha to Cottage Grove in southern Wisconsin. Bikers, runners, walkers and inline skaters are drawn to the Glacial Drumlin for its easy terrain and scenic beauty.

Your journey begins at the Fox River Sanctuary and E.B. Shurts Environmental Education Center at 810 College Avenue in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Parking is plentiful, and you'll find restrooms and bubblers (or, water fountains to you non-natives) available seasonally. The Glacial Drumlin Trailhead is a short distance West from the E.B. Shurts building - just follow the paved Fox River Trail to the Glacial Drumlin Trailhead.

The path to the Glacial Drumlin Trail greets you with a series of rolling hills leading to a small bridge over the Fox River. Once over the bridge you'll see the official start to the trail, which is a wide, flat and paved. The trail begins under a canopy of tall trees and the scenery continues to evolve along the way with a handful of urban road crossings, beautiful meadows, abundant wildlife and seasonal flowers. There are a number of well-placed stops along the way for restrooms and water refills.

is worth a stop if you make it the seven miles to the small town of Wales. Mama D's caters to the trail travelers and offers fantastic coffee and delicious bakery. You're likely to meet other bikers and runners if you stay at Mama D's long enough to enjoy your cup, too. Once you've had your fill, you can continue along the Glacial Drumlin Trail if you are so inclined, or turn back and return to the trail terminus and your car.

Pack List

  • Trail Pass (Required for bikers and inline skaters over age 16; no pass required for walkers/runners/hikers)
  • Hydration Bottle or Pack
  • Money for Mama D's Coffee and Bakery
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Activities:

Cycling, Running, Hiking, Fitness

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

14 Miles

Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Handicap Accessible
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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