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Milwaukee Day Hikes

Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan
Trisha Comardo

Milwaukee is surrounded by beautiful parks and preserves which provide diverse adventures of many outdoor activities. Activities can be enjoyed by those that like to bike, walk, canoe, kayak, horse back riding and hiking. All of which can be accessed within an hour from the center of Milwaukee to make for an enjoyable and relaxing day trip during the awesome spring, summer and fall months. What better time to enjoy a plethora of these activities during June, the Great Outdoors Month.

The southerly route will take you to places such as the Wehr Nature Center, Lake Delavan, Kettle Moraine Forest - South, Lake Shore State Park, Seven Bridges Park, or even Boerner Botanical Gardens and the Milwaukee Zoo. A more northerly route will provide access to the Kettle Moraine Forest - North, Pike Lake, Horicon Marsh, Schlitz Audubon Center and the Riveredge Nature Center. Trails for hiking and some biking can be found throughout the Ice Age Trails which surround Milwaukee and even further if you choose to venture out. Ozaukee County, just north of Milwaukee offers wonderful treasures such as Lion's Den Gorge, Harrington Beach, Cedarburg Bog, Forest Beach and the Blue Heron Landing.

All of these offer up a wonderful array of trails to hike to give everyone a chance to visit the environment they truly love whether it be a woodsy atmosphere or just romping around the city at the zoo. Several in Ozaukee County provide access to Lake Michigan with awesome trails overlooking the lake for great sunrises.

Check out more trail in your area:'s Trail Guide

To find the right hiking trail for your day adventure, visit the Wisconsin DNR, Ice Age Trail Alliance or the Treasures Of Oz websites. You can also visit some of my articles providing a bit more detail on some of the parks from my hiking adventures.

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