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Milwaukee Enjoys Hike at Blue Heron Wildlife Sanctuary

Hiking at Blue Heron Wildlife Sanctuary
Hiking at Blue Heron Wildlife Sanctuary
Trisha Comardo

A wonderfully peaceful hiking adventure just 28 minutes north of Milwaukee can be enjoyed at the Blue Heron Wildlife Sanctuary located in Saukville, Wisconsin. The Blue Heron Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the newer treasures added to Ozaukee County. It has 92 acres of trails and runs along the banks of the Milwaukee River.

Blue Heron Wildlife Sanctuary
Trisha Comardo

Hiking throughout the sanctuary can be rated easy for the most part with a few sections having a bit of a climb. The trails meander through a couple open fields and through many different ecosytems of forests and along the river banks. Many signs of wildlife can be seen in many sections of the sanctuary.

In the spring, enjoy the many wildflowers that carpet the grounds and watch the birds as they migrate through. Watch the butterflies as they enjoy the summer flowers in the prairie areas and even catch site of the herons as they feed along the river banks. Bring your cameras during the fall and enjoy the awesome pallet of fall colors. Get out from within those four walls during the winter and exercise with some cross country skiing. The Blue Heron Sanctuary offers up something for everyone during each season.

The park also serves as a wildlife rehab area where animals are treated and released when it is determined they are ready to be back on their own. Tables and benches are dispersed throughout the park to enjoy a wonderful picnic lunch. Bathroom facilities are available. Pets are allowed but must remain on leashes. Please bring bags to clean up after them so that everyone will enjoy the cleanliness of the park.

Located at 4030 Highway O in Saukeville, the park is open sunrise to sunset. Be sure to sign the guestbook at the parking lot.

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