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Root River Parkway in Franklin

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

Oak Leaf Trail, Franklin

One of Milwaukee County’s premier parkways, the approximately 15-mile long stretch of greenway follows the Root River in three sections. The northwest section runs from Greenfield Park in West Allis, through Greenfield and Greendale, to Franklin. The south section is located entirely within the City of Franklin. The southeast section is located along the Milwaukee County line in the City of Oak Creek.


A long segment of the Oak Leaf Trail follows the parkway from Greenfield Park to Ryan Road, connecting the northwest and south sections of the parkway. A short segment of the Oak Leaf Trail runs west through agricultural fields from the Oak Creek Parkway to Howell Avenue.


Seven-acre Anderson Lake (an old quarry), located between Loomis Road and Rawson Avenue, is accessible from the Oak Leaf Trail. The rest of the trail traverses a diverse array of natural areas from upland forest to a variety of wetlands, grasslands and meadows.


Mangan Woods, which contains some of the largest old-growth hardwoods in the Milwaukee County Park System, is nestled in a corner of the parkway between Whitnall Park and The Rock Sports Complex. In addition to hiking trails, Mangan contains the Kegel Alpha Mountain Bike Trail. It also is home to a number of rare plant and wildlife species and identified as an eBird hotspot.


Mangan Woods maps:

For a Milwaukee County Parks hiking trail map click here.

For a MTB Project mountain bike trail map click here.


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6000 W Ryan Rd
53132, Franklin, wi, US