true that Wisconsin summers are all too fleeting, but what
comes next ó those weeks filled with crisp autumn air and vibrant
colors ó is worth celebrating. So relinquish your
post-summertime blues and explore our stateís brilliant fall
beauty, one hiking trail at a time.
Park and the Urban Ecology Center, the East Bank Trail weaves along
the Milwaukee River, offering hikers picturesque views of
trees canopying the riverís edge. Continue hiking north to hit
the Estabrook Beer Garden and cool down with
a refreshing German brew.
Audubon Nature Center
The center sits
on 185 acres of natural habitat just north of Milwaukee, a true
respite in an otherwise urban
environment. Attractions include six miles of hiking trails
and a 60-foot observation tower that provides sweeping views of
Lake Michigan, Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties.
(Ice Age National Scenic Trail)
the Kettle Moraine State Forestís southern unit, the Scuppernong
Trails feature three trail loops, ranging in length from two to five
miles. The trails are part of the Ice Age National Scenic
Trail, and each loop is heavily wooded and lined with pine
trees, mixed hardwoods and glacial landscape.
Kohl Park is the
newest park in the Milwaukee County Parks System. Its eponymous trail
winds through the densely wooded, 270-acre park in Brown Deer. The
trail currently measures two miles long, with future community efforts
planned to expand the trailís length.
at Holy Hill
feet from its base to the tip of its spire, the Scenic Tower at Holy
Hill grants visitors panoramic views of Waukesha and Washington
counties. But be prepared to climb! Reaching the top requires
ascending 178 stairs.
Segment (Ice Age National Scenic Trail)
scenic segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail passes through the
Carl Schurz Forest and descends into wetlands and lowland
forest to wrap along the Oconomowoc River. Stretching 6.4
miles, the trail is recommended for the more experienced hiker.
If you enjoy the
more ominous events the month of October often brings, consider hiking
the Seven Bridges Trail. The trail, which twists and turns along the
shores of Lake Michigan in Grant Park, is rumored to be haunted;
hiking after dark is ill-advised.
Searching for a
family friendly trail? At just under one mile in length, the Jacobus
Park Nature Trail, located in the heart of Wauwatosa, is the
perfect option for families with little ones. The trail boasts
rare species of flora and a seasonally diverse bird population,
serving as a prime example of undisturbed woodland in an urban