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Menomonee River Parkway in Wauwatosa

Activities: Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Cycling, Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Picnicking, Running, Snowshoeing


One of Milwaukee County’s premier parkways, the approximately 9-mile long stretch of greenway follows the Menomonee River in two sections. The northwest section, with approx. 555 acres, runs from the Waukesha County line to Wauwatosa Village. The southeast section runs from Wauwatosa’s Hart Park to Wisconsin Avenue. The Oak Leaf Trail ties it all together.


The parkway includes the following named parks: Currie, Doyne, Hansen, Hoyt, and Jacobus. Adjacent city parks and green spaces include Charles Hart, Hartung and the Milwaukee County Grounds.


Together with Underwood Creek Parkway and Little Menomonee River Parkway, you will find here one of the longest continuously green stretches of the Oak Leaf Trail.


In addition to the paved Oak Leaf Trail there is an extensive riverside trail system that can range from tame to quite wild. Jacobus Park is a stop on the Forked Aster Trail System.


The parkway contains three official mountain bike trails— Bubba’s Woods, Hoyt and Oak Hill—making it one of the most significant destinations for mountain bikers in Milwaukee County. See Milwaukee County Mountain Bike Trails.


Kayaking is possible under ideal conditions but challenging. See story at Urban Wilderness.


Other story links:

Rain Gardens and Bioswales: Beauty as Well as Utility

“Wildest Dreams” from the urban wilderness along the Menomonee River

Walking on the River!


Links: Hoyt Park map.

Jacobus Park trail map.



Gallery (click to enlarge)


1800 Swan Blvd.
53226, Wauwatosa, wi, US