Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Hike the Hank Aaron and Oak Leaf Trails in Lakeshore SP

1.7 Miles Total - 0 ft gain - Loop Trail

Originally added by Jon Mattrisch

Take a brief escape from the city and visit the luscious, scenic Lakeshore State Park along the shores of Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee. Stroll around the Hank Aaron and Oak Leaf Trails that overlook the Milwaukee skyline and gaze upon the horizon. 

Lakeshore State Park is kind of considered a hidden gem. While yes, it's right along the Milwaukee lakefront, people don't realize just how nice and beautiful it is! This urban state park features two loops (the Hank Aaron and Oak Leaf) that total 1.7 miles. To access the park, you can either park downtown near the Discovery World Museum or take Harbor Drive south past the Summerfest grounds to where the Milwaukee River heads out to meet Lake Michigan. Then, head East towards the red lighthouse, passing under the Hoan Bridge, where you'll find additional parking outside of the hill that the Marcus Amphitheater is situated on. From there, head north and you'll enter into Lakeshore State Park. 

You can walk, run, roller blade, bike, skateboard and more! The concrete path is in fantastic shape as it's still fairly new. You can walk out onto the white rocks that line Lake Michigan, but be careful not to hurt yourself. There are numerous benches throughout where you can sit and take in the gorgeous views. Bring along a picnic and sit down on the lush grass. Come at night and stare at the city glow. The options are plenty. Bottom line is that this urban oasis is a must when seeing Milwaukee. 

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Smallest "State Park" in Wisconsin

If you are craving to get away from the city while technically still being inside of it, this is the place! Great paths and locations to hide away from the urban structure of Milwaukee!

A Fun Activity To Add To Your Day

My family has done this trail for years. If we are in Milwaukee for the day we add this to the list of things to do. It's a nice walking trail with beautiful views and a gorgeous lake breeze.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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