Top `

Trail Segment from 94th Place to 123rd Street Now Open - And it’s Paved!

After many years of waiting, wishing, and hoping, we are BEYOND THRILLED to announce that the much-anticipated opening of the West End of the Hank Aaron State Trail has arrived! Ride your bikes, walk your dogs, and roll your blades to celebrate and be thankful for the completion of the newest paved Trail in town! The good news is that the DOT re-graded and paved this section, but users should be aware that work is still being completed, so keep a look out for trucks and equipment particularly in the area around Hwy. 100. Just as other areas along the Trail have been restored, we are continuing to work with adjacent property owners in cleaning up what has been a construction site for four years.

 The west end of the Hank Aaron State Trail is once again open, now officially connecting the shores of Lake Michigan with the Milwaukee/Waukesha County line.

The west end of the Hank Aaron State Trail is once again open, now officially connecting the shores of Lake Michigan with the Milwaukee/Waukesha County line.

 Kelmann Restoration, near the 121st Street entrance, beautified the back of their building for Trail users' delight. Kelmann Restoration also has a Stewardship Crew to remove litter and maintain the Trail around their business.

Kelmann Restoration, near the 121st Street entrance, beautified the back of their building for Trail users' delight. Kelmann Restoration also has a Stewardship Crew to remove litter and maintain the Trail around their business.

Reconstruction of the Zoo Interchange required demolition and reconstruction of freeway on and off ramps. Many of the abutments for these structures were on or across the Trail. The good news is that the DOT re-graded and paved this section. Because the work was accomplished in a phased approach, the section west of 94th Place had been closed for five years and was closed longer than expected due delayed work on the highway overpass.

The Hank Aaron State Trail now officially travels from Lake Michigan to the Waukesha County line.

What now?

Thankful the Trail is once again open and appreciate the updates and events on the Trail? Show your support by contributing to restore torn up areas along the Trail or become a Friend of the Trail to support it year round!

Become a Friend of the Trail and we’ll even send you a new map!

I take the Hank Aaron State Trail to work, and to the lake, the ballgame, State Fair, or just to a neighborhood for lunch. This trail is a great connector.
— Bob Dumke

Trail Maps

Find your own path or arrive at some of Milwaukee's most popular destinations using the map below. The Trail will take you There!

trail map

This is a large trail map, however it is not printer-friendly. You can pick this map up at informational stands along the trail.

Updated: 11.20.18

printable map

This map is appropriately sized for printing onto three pages.

Updated: 11.20.18

mapa del sendero en espanol

Este mapa está en español.

 


Popular Destinations Along the Trail


Connecting Trails

The Hank Aaron State Trail provides a key link through the heart of Milwaukee County, including the Menomonee Valley and Third Ward. Starting at Lakeshore State Park along Lake Michigan and once completed running to western border of Milwaukee County, the Trail provides a link that makes it possible to bike from Lake Michigan, along several trails across the state. Eventually these trails will link together with the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and Military Ridge State Trail, with one goal being to create a continuous trail from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River.

The Trail map shows where you can connect to other trails. 

 
 The Trail is named after  Hank Aaron , a Major League baseball player who broke many racial and cultural barriers. The Trail, which connects the diverse neighborhoods of the greater Milwaukee community, exemplifies his legacy.

The Trail is named after Hank Aaron, a Major League baseball player who broke many racial and cultural barriers. The Trail, which connects the diverse neighborhoods of the greater Milwaukee community, exemplifies his legacy.

 

For more information on connecting trails, see the following pages:

Milwaukee by Bike
This comprehensive website is maintained by the City of Milwaukee and provides information about cycling in Milwaukee, including bike lanes and routes, bike registration, area bike shops, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force, maps, safe biking tips, and more. There are lots of links to other wonderful cycling websites, as well.

Oak Leaf Trail
The trail features over 100 miles of multiple loops through all the major parkways and parks in the system. Loops are composed of off-road paved trails, park drives, and municipal streets where necessary to ensure continuity.

Waukesha County Park System
The Waukesha County Park System provides nearly 30 miles of trails, including the New Berlin Trail to which the fully expanded Hank Aaron State Trail will connect once completed.

For more information on cycling:

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
The Department of Natural Resources is dedicated to the preservation, protection, effective management, and maintenance of Wisconsin's natural resources. It is responsible for implementing the laws of the state and protecting the natural resources of our state.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bicycle Information
WisDOT provides information about state bicycling facilities, state statutes that relate to bicycling, the state bike plan 2020, and downloadable bike maps for the entire state county-by-county.

Wisconsin Bike Fed
The Wisconsin Bike Fed is a statewide, nonprofit, bicycle advocacy organization with thousands of members that works to make Wisconsin a better place to bicycle.

BFW-Horizontal-RGB.png

 

League of American Bicyclists
The league of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. At this website you’ll find lots of terrific bicycling resources.

Ozaukee Interurban Trail
The Ozaukee Interurban Trail is a 30-mile paved trail that spans the entire length of Ozaukee County. The Trail connects the Ozaukee communities of Mequon, Thiensville, Cedarburg, Grafton, and Port Washington.

Wisconsin Bicycle Routes
Maintained by Bruce Thompson, a comprehensive website listing trails and road routes throughout Wisconsin and neighboring states.

 
 Historically, workers from the Silver City neighborhood got to work in the Valley by passing under railroad tracks through a tunnel, then crossing the river by bridge. When the bridge was removed and the tunnel sealed decades ago, south side neighbors had to travel nearly three miles to get to jobs and recreation in their backyards. Once the Valley Passage bridge was complete, residents could again access jobs or park space with a two block walk.

Historically, workers from the Silver City neighborhood got to work in the Valley by passing under railroad tracks through a tunnel, then crossing the river by bridge. When the bridge was removed and the tunnel sealed decades ago, south side neighbors had to travel nearly three miles to get to jobs and recreation in their backyards. Once the Valley Passage bridge was complete, residents could again access jobs or park space with a two block walk.

 

What's in a Name?

The Trail is named after Hank Aaron, a Major League baseball player who broke many racial and cultural barriers. The Trail, which connects the diverse neighborhoods of the greater Milwaukee community, exemplifies his legacy.